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Welcome to the John F Feehan Stakes Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Lockdown is over – Out for Dinner……
  • VBigBets – Ayrton too good in the last….
  • VBet – Angus G wins this week’s $100 VBET….
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race……
  • VMeetings – Group Two Racing in VIC & NSW….
  • VKeeping – Shrewd Punter picks the last Seoul winner at $201…
  • VFeature Racing – 30 races now online……..
  • VPromotions – Feehan Stakes Promo….
  • VFacts – John F Feehan, his land became Moonee Valley…..
  • VRefer – Mention us to Friends and Family….
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


A couple are going out for dinner followed by a movie. The uber arrived and as they walked out the door, the cat scooted back into the house. They couldn’t have the cat shut in the house while they were out because she always tries to get at the budgie. The wife walked on out to the uber, while the husband went back inside to get the cat out. The cat ran upstairs with him in hot pursuit. “He’s just going upstairs to say Goodnight to my mother.” A few minutes later he jumps into the uber. “Sorry I took so long,” he said, as they drove away towards the restaurant. “That stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her arse with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to take off, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But it worked, I hauled her fat arse downstairs and threw her out into the back garden. She’d better not shit in the vegetable garden again!”…….The silence in the uber was deafening!!


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

  • Caulfield Race 9 – Ayrton $15k BOB at $1.80 Credit of $12k to the VICBET Client…..

And the largest losing wager with us was at Kembla Grange:

  • Kembla Grange Race 6 – Paulele $10k BOB at $2.15 Loss of $10k 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……


This week’s $100 FREE VBET goes to Angus G. Thanks for setting up an account earlier this year Angus, all the names go in the barrel and today you are the lucky winner. Good Luck with your free $100 VBET….

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….


There is Group Racing at Moonee Valley and Randwick this upcoming Saturday with both having Group Two Races. Also on Friday there is the $200k Wyong Gold Cup…..


On Sunday we had a very shrewd punter pick the winner of the last race in Seoul, he had $20 the win at $201 and $50 the place at $51 for a $6,500 collect. It had me thinking what is the longest priced winner you have backed? I was working on the bag on the Caulfield Rails on Caulfield Guineas Day in 1986 when the Penciller John had $30 Each Way at $301 with the Bookie next door, in jumped $11,250 (I couldn’t believe it). Abaridy won the Guineas at $251…To watch the 1986 Caulfield Guineas and the boilover – CLICK HERE


Spring is upon us and here at VICBET we have 30 Future Races online to have a browse at. This week the VSPECIAL is in the upcoming Moir Stakes. Masked Crusader and Profiteer head the market as equal $5 favourites. This week, we are offering a VBOOST increase up to $7 for either of the star gallopers. 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 3rd September……NOTE: Current active VICBET account holders only…..


VICBET Feehan VPromo – In the Feehan this Saturday, if you run 2nd – get up to $150 back, run 3rd – get up to $100 back, run 4th – get up to $50 back and run 5th – get $25 back……But there is more – run last and you get up to $20 back as a Wooden Spoon Gift…..First Fixed Odds Win bet on the Group 1 Feehan Stakes. We will make it easier this week, if you were in the VPromo last week you don’t need to reply, you are automatically in. To be eligible for this VPromo, register your interest by simply replying to the VNEWS or jump on the 24/7 Live Chat up to midnight on Friday 3rd September…..


The John F Feehan Stakes is run over 1,600m and was first run in 1948 when it was won by Phoibos. The John F Feehan Stakes has always been run over the mile and the only time it was not run at Moonee Valley was in 1995 when it was run at Caulfield. The first owner of the land where Moonee Valley is situated today was John F Feehan. That land was bought by a man called William Samuel Cox for whom the great WFA race the W.S. Cox Plate is now known. The race was renamed after Dato Tan Chin Nam (2005-2018) who is best known as a leading owner of horses such as So You Think and Saintly who both won Cox Plates with Bart Cummings as well as the dual Melbourne Cup triumphs with Think Big. It reverted back in 2019 to the John F Feehan Stakes. The winner of the race is exempt from ballot for the Cox Plate and the race has often been an excellent guide to the Cox Plate run six weeks later. The winners of the John F Feehan Stakes and even those beaten generally run well in the Cox Plate. The last horse to do the double was El Segundo in 2007. Slightly digressing for a moment but from 1992 when I commenced Bookmaking to now the El Segundo victory in the 2007 Cox Plate was my single worst ever race result and the 2007 Cox Plate day was my worst day ever as a Bookmaker. I lost $200k when El Segundo saluted in the Cox Plate and I lost on all ten out of ten races that Cox Plate Day to lose half a million in the day. The good news for me is that it was recouped during Cup Week. Notable winners of the John F Feehan Stakes include Humidor (2020), Bonneval (2017), The Cleaner (2014/2015), Fiorente (2013), Whobegotyou (2009/2010), El Segundo (2007), Lad Of The Manor (2005/2006), Fields Of Omagh (2002), Northerly (2001), Sunline (2000), Arctic Scent (1997), Tristalove (1994), Palace Reign (1993), Naturalism (1992), Mannerism (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990), Our Poetic Prince (1988), Rubiton (1987), Strawberry Road (1983), Lawman (1981/1982), So Called (1978), Vice Regal (1977), Tontonan (1975), Shorengro (1968/1969/1970), Winfreux (1965) and Rising Fast (1954). Last year’s winner Humidor salutes, to watch – 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…..


If you are new to VICBET in recent times a big 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 offer a service on Overseas races through to about 3am 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, get vaccinated and Happy Punting…….