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Welcome to the George Main Stakes Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Bertie the Drunk Wine Tester….
  • VBigBets – Scallopini very impressive….
  • VBet – Dare to Hope – Fighting pancreatic cancer……
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race……
  • VMeetings – Group 1 George Main and Sir Rupert Clarke……
  • VKeeping – Watch the Dare to Hope Documentary on 7Plus…
  • VFeature Racing – Rothfire is back…
  • VPromotions – MASSIVE week of VPromos……
  • VFacts – George Main Stakes first run in 1945….
  • VRefer – Mention us to Friends and Family….
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


Sadly at a winery in the Barossa Valley in SA, the regular wine taster died and the owner started looking for a new one to hire. A drunk called Bertie with a ragged, dirty look came in to apply for the position. The owner of the winery wondered how to send him away. He gave him a glass to drink. The drunk tried it and said, “It’s a Muscat, three years old, grown on a north slope, matured in steel containers. Low grade, but acceptable.” “That’s correct”, said the boss. Another glass… “This is a Cabernet, eight years old, a south-western slope, oak barrels, matured at 8 degrees. Requires three more years for the finest results.” “Correct.” A third glass… “It’s a Pinot Blanc Champagne, high grade and exclusive,” the drunk said calmly. The owner of the winery was astonished. He winked at his secretary, secretly suggesting something. She left the room and came back in with a glass of urine. The alcoholic Bertie tried it. “It’s a blond, 26 years old, three months pregnant and if I don’t get the job I’ll name the father.”


Last Saturday the largest winning wager with us was at Flemington:

  • Flemington Race 4 – Scallopini $4k TF at $7.50 Credit of $26k to the VICBET Client…..

And the largest losing wager with us was also at Flemington:

  • Flemington Race 2 – Lyrical Lad $5k BOB at $3.90 Loss of $5k to the VICBET Client..

Don’t forget, we have the Daily Big Bets appearing in “Real Time” on the VICBET Home Page on the Main website, they appear as the largest wager first……


With the $100 VBET… We will ask someone on the VICBET Client list to have a pick and if the selection wins we will donate the winnings to a great cause fighting pancreatic cancerDare to Hope…. The selection is chosen and the $100 VBET is for The George Main Stakes at Randwick $100 on Zaaki at $5……

VH2H – Head to Head Betting

VICBET H2H Betting is unique to us and is available every race day and night in two groups of three. It is the three Favourites (1st, 2nd and 3rd) combined in one H2H outcome and the second H2H is the 4th, 5th and 6th Favourites combined, excluding the Fav if it is Odds-on (under $2). This is a moving dynamic market so as the odds change for the actual race the odds will change for the H2H outcome. Also, you can pick your own H2H outcome, then simply go to our Live Chat or WhatsApp Tim Cleary (0433-339347) and he will price it up for you….


This weekend we have a Group One race at Caulfield – the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and at Royal Randwick – the George Main Stakes, certainly the races are really hotting up now. The support races on Saturday are just as good as the two Group One’s. Tomorrow there is the Balaklava Cup. Don’t forget on Friday there is three Group 3 races at Newcastle highlighted by the $250k Newcastle Gold Cup……


Following on from the VBET theme and fighting Pancreatic Cancer, I went to the premiere of the Dare to Hope documentary last night. It takes us deep inside the life of past AFL Hawthorn player, 1991 Norm Smith medallist and my friend Paul Dear and his family, following his diagnosis of terminal stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. it can be watched now on 7Plus….To watch the trailer – CLICK HERE


We are getting to the exciting time of the year and here at VICBET we have 27 Future Races online to have a browse at. This week the VSPECIAL is in the upcoming Moir Stakes. We are back under the lights at Moonee Valley. Rothfire is back with a very impressive win at Caulfield two weeks ago! It heads the market here as a $4.60 favourite and this week, we are offering a VBOOST increase up to $6 for the star galloper. Simply reply to the VNEWS after placing your wager or jump on Live Chat and we will amend the odds for you. Note it is $500 MAX stake and the first 25 people only, expires at midnight Friday 16th September……NOTE: Current active VICBET account holders only…..


MASSIVE week of VICBET VPromos:

WednesdayBalaclava Cup (Balaclava Race 8), Sandown Races 5 – 8 and Warwick Farm Races 4 – 7: Simply, have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on ANY of these races and if your horse runs SECOND, we will refund your stake back as a bonus up to $50.

Thursday – Exciting night of Greyhound racing. The five metro tracks (Sandown Park, Albion Park, Angle Park, Hobart and Mandurah): Simply, have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on ANY of these races and if your selection runs SECOND, we will refund your stake back as a bonus up to $20.

Friday – The three Group 3 races at Newcastle (Newcastle Gold Cup, Cameron Handicap and Tibbie Stakes): Simply, have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on ANY of these races and if your horse runs SECOND, we will refund your stake back as a bonus up to $50.

Saturday – We have a money back special on every Metro Race again around the country (Caulfield, Randwick, Morphettville, Gold Coast, Belmont). Simply, have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on ANY of these races and if your horse runs SECOND, we will refund your stake back as a bonus up to $50. As an extra – On the two Group One Races at Caulfield (Rupert Clarke Stakes) and Randwick (George Main Stakes) we will apply the same offer but up to $100!

T & C’s for each of these promos – First WIN bet on each respective race only and VBoost Bets are not eligible. Also if your account is restricted in any way like Minimum Bet Limit (MBL) then the VPromo does not apply….In the interest of fair play anyone only betting $20, $50 & $100 bets on the VPromo races will be removed from the list….. As always, any questions or issues please jump on our 24/7 Live Chat service as we are happy to help.


The race’s name is derived from George Main, a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) and breeder. It was first held in 1945 and was won by Modulation. There was no race held in 2007 due to Equine Influenza. The George Main Stakes was upgraded to Group 1 Status in 1979. Over the race’s history, a number of horses have managed to win this event on more than one occasion since 1946 including Kingston Town (1981-82), Regal Rhythm (1967-68), Count Radiant (1964-65), Shannon (1946-47) and Winx on three occasions (2016, 2017 and 2018). The George Main Stakes has been won by some other classy gallopers including Emancipation (1983), Vo Rogue (1989), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Lonrho (2003), Grand Armee (2004), Road To Rock (2009), Stream (2013), Sacred Falls (2014) and Kermadec (2015). Finally TJ Smith won the race an amazing 11 times, to watch Winx win the 2018 George Main Stakes. – CLICK HERE


With an emphasis on Horse Racing solely and four generations going back to 1941 we have the personal touch as most of you know. My Late Father Allen Cleary was a Bookmaker from 1956 – 2006, his Uncle Bob was a Bookmaker from 1941 – 1961. Today it is myself Rod and my Son Tim sharing the reins since commencing Online in 2005. We have operated online continually since 2005, the longest of all Victorian Online Bookmakers. We are NOT Corporates, we work On Course at the Melbourne Metro Meetings on the Rails (Non Covid times), however the vast majority of our turnover is Online. Once again your referrals are always very much appreciated and one of the main sources of us sourcing new Clients so thanks very much in advance…..Feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions about any Racing/Bookmaking Matters…Finally we have a Pictorial History of the Bookmaking journey and appears on the Main website under “Our Journey”. We will be adding some more photos for each decade in the near future…. 


If you are new to VICBET in recent times a huge welcome, if you have had an established account and have misplaced your login details, jump on the Live Chat, reply here to the VNEWS  or FREECALL 1300-126126…… We will forward your details to you by text and email…..

Finally we are the only Bookmaker doing the Best of the Best (BOB) on all Australian Mainland Race Meetings seven days a week plus we are betting on every Overseas Horse, Trots and Dogs race through to about 4am every night……Confirming the BOB is to Win $6k on all Non-Metros ($3k Country WA), $10k on Wednesday Metros, $15k on Saturday Metros and to Win $20k on all Australian Group One Races………..

Good Luck, Stay Safe and Happy Punting…….