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Welcome to the C.F. Orr Stakes Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Could have been worse……
  • VBigBets – Punters clean up early….
  • VBet – Brett L wins this week’s $100 VBET….
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race……
  • VMeetings – Autumn Carnival kicks off…..
  • VKeeping – Updated website in 2021……
  • VFeature Racing – Bivouac impressive…..
  • VPromotions – Every Race Melb and Syd……
  • VFacts – Who was Charles F Orr?
  • VRefer – Thanks……..
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


Robbie from Rosebud is walking along and happens to see his old High School Mate Longy up ahead “Longy, Longy, how are you?” he greets his old buddy after getting his attention. “Not so good,” says Longy. “Why, what happened?” Robbie queries. “Well,” Longy says, “I just went bankrupt and I’ve still got to feed my family. I don’t know what I’m going to do.” “Could have been worse,” Robbie replies calmly. “Could have been worse.” A month or so later, Robbie again encounters Longy, in a restaurant. “And how are things now?” he asks. “Terrible!” says Longy. “Our house burned down last night.” “Could have been worse,” says Robbie, again with total aplomb, and goes about his business. A month later, Robbie runs into Longy for a third time. “Well, how goes it now?” he inquires. “Oh!” says Longy. “Things just get worse and worse for me. It’s one tragedy after another! Now my wife has left me!” Robbie nods his head and gives his usual optimistic-seeming little smile, accompanied by his usual words: “Could’ve been worse.” This time, Longy grabs Robbie by the shoulders. “Wait a minute!” he says. “I’m not gonna let you off so easy this time. Three times in the last few months we’ve run into each other and every time I’ve told you the latest disaster in my life. Every time you say the same thing: ‘Could have been worse.’ This time, for God’s sake, Robbie, I want you to tell me: how in Heaven’s name could it have been any worse?” Robbie looks at Longy with the same little wisp of a smile. “Could have been worse,” he says. “Could have happened to me.”


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

  • Caulfield Race 2 – Aussie Nugget $6k Fixed at $3.20 – Credit of $13,200 to the VICBET Client…..

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

  • Caulfield Race 6 – Hidden Legend $5k TF at $4.20 and second – Loss of $5k to the VICBET Client..

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 Brett L. Thanks for your continued patronage Brett. Keep sending in the jokes by Live Chat or email to

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.


The Autumn Carnival is beginning with a big day at Caulfield on Saturday. It is headlined by the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes as well as three Group 2 Races and four Group 3 Races. There is a Group 3 Race at Randwick and on Sunday is the Group 3 Hobart Cup as well as the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy.


Just a reminder, you will see some changes to the VICBET website as we progress to update it during 2021…


The futures are all online now with nineteen races to have a browse at. This week the VSPECIAL is in the Black Caviar Lightning. Bivouac was very impressive in the Darley and has firmed in to a $2.50 favourite. This week we are offering a massive VBOOST up to $3.20 for the star Godolphin sprinter. 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 50 people only, expires at midnight Friday 5th Febuary……NOTE: Current active VICBET account holders only…..


VICBET Run Second Special:

This Saturday we are offering a money back special in EVERY race at Caulfield and Randwick! Simply have a Fixed Odds Win Bet up to $50 on ANY race at Caulfield and Randwick and we will give your money back as real cash if you run second. First fixed odds bet on each respective race only and you must have had a bet in 2021 to be eligible.


Who was Charles F Orr? Let’s roll the clock back to the to the Williamstown Racecourse where the race was run from 1925-1940 in his honour. Most people don’t know that after WW2 the Government of the day said there was to be four racecourses in Metropolitan Melbourne: Williamstown, Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley. However it was John Wren’s influence that had Williamstown close in 1949 after he purchased Sandown Racecourse the same year after it had been closed in 1931. Charles F Orr’s obituary was published by the Williamstown Chronicle on Saturday, November 14, 1931 and is available to this day in the National Library of Australia archives. “One of the pioneers of the shipwright and docking industry in Victoria, Mr Charles F. Orr, died on Thursday at his home in Toorak Road, Toorak, at the age of 85 years,” the obituary read. “After spending his boyhood in Hawthorn district, Mr. Orr settled in Williamstown, and became associated with Wright’s slip works there. “He went into partnership with Mr. Wright, and the business, in the name of Wright and Orr, was extended to Melbourne. “In racing circles, Mr. Orr was very highly esteemed. “He became a member of Williamstown Racing Club in 1871, and the following year was elected a member of the club’s committee. “During the troublous times the club went through some years later, Mr. Orr rendered valuable service. “He was Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary for many years. Finally as a footnote the Williamstown Racing Club was actually located in Altona. The C F Orr Stakes has been run at all four Melbourne Metropolitan Race Tracks – Flemington, Moonee Valley, Sandown and now the current home at Caulfield with the 2020 version running on this upcoming Saturday. Notable winners of the CF Orr Stakes include Heroic (1927), Gothic (1929), Mildura (1941), Flight (1946), Comic Court (1951), Rising Fast (1956), Lord (1959/1960), Wenona Girl (1962), Aquanita (1963), Tobin Bronze (1967), Winfreux (1968), Black Onyx (1971), All Shot (1974), Leilani (1975), Surround (1977), Hyperno (1978), Manikato (1979/1980/1981), At Talaq (1987), Vo Rogue (1988/1989/1990), Let’s Elope (1992), Durbridge (1993), Primacy (1994), Jeune (1995), Saintly (1997), Redoute’s Choice (2000), Lonhro (2004), Elvstroem (2005), El Segundo (2007), Maldivian (2009), Typhoon Tracy (2010/2011), Black Caviar (2012), All Too Hard (2013), Moment Of Change (2014), Dissident (2015), Black Heart Bart (2017) and Hartnell (2018).


We are the Old Fashioned type of Bookmakers (four generations going back to 1941) concentrating purely on Horse Racing, no Sports, Harness or Greyhounds . 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. We are NOT Corporates, we work occasionally  On Course at the Melbourne Metro Meetings on the Rails, 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 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 (Fixed and Middle Tote available) through to about 4am every night……

Good Luck and Happy Punting…….