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Welcome to the George Ryder Stakes Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Why did I get divorced…..
  • VBigBets – Punters clean us up early in the day
  • VBet – Peter J wins this week’s $100 VBET….
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race……
  • VMeetings – Take 2 – Sydney’s best day on the calendar….
  • VKeeping – Keep up the feedback….
  • VFeature Racing – Verry Elleegant looking for back to back G1’s
  • VPromotions – Take 2: Slipper Promo for 2nd, 3rd & 4th………
  • VFacts – George Ryder Stakes first run in 1903….
  • VRefer – Thanks……..
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


Why did I get divorced? Well, last week was my birthday. My wife didn’t wish me a happy birthday. My parents forgot and so did my kids. I went to work and even my colleagues didn’t wish me a happy birthday. As I entered my office, my secretary said, “Happy birthday, boss!” I felt so special. She asked me out for lunch. After lunch, she invited me to her apartment. We went there and she said, “Do you mind if I go into the bedroom for a minute?” “Okay,” I said. She came out 5 minutes later with a birthday cake, my wife, my parents, my kids, my friends, & my colleagues all yelling, “SURPRISE!!!” While I was waiting on the sofa stark naked…


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

  • Mornington Race 2 – Mohican Heights $5 Fixed at $4 – Credit of $15k to the VICBET Client…..

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

  • Mornington Race 8 – Ancestry $10k BOB at $1.80 Loss of $10k 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 Peter J. Thanks for continued patronage Peter…..Good Luck with your free $100 VBET Peter….

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….


What an exciting day for Sydney Racing fans with Rosehill hosting their biggest day on the calendar for the second time lucky. It kicks off with the Group 1 Golden Slipper. There is also the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, Group 1 Galaxy, Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas. It doesn’t end there. There is a group 3 race is Ascot again. (Pikey is back)


Keep giving us updates on how we can improve! Your feedback is what keeps us going. 


The Future Races are all online now with 19 races to have a browse at. This week the VSPECIAL in the upcoming Tancred Stakes! Verry Elleegant continues to impress and is looking for back to back Group Ones! It is a $2.50 favourite and this week we are offering a VBOOST increase up to $3 for the freak horse. 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 27th March……NOTE: Current active VICBET account holders only…..


It is the same promotion as was offered last week! In case anyone forgot, here it is:

We are offering a massive money back special in the Golden Slipper. Have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on the race and if your horse runs second, we will refund up to $200 back! If you run third, we will refund $100 of your stake back and if your selection runs fourth we will refund $50 back. First Fixed Odds Bet on the race only and you have to have had a bet in 2021 to be eligible……


The Group 1 George Ryder Stakes has a long history in Australian racing, with the first edition run in 1903 as the Railway Stakes. The George Ryder Stakes has been through a few names changes over the years, taking its current name in 1974. The George Ryder Stakes was run as the Railway Stakes between 1903 and 1914, changing to the Railway Handicap in 1915, the Railway Quality Handicap in 1946, the CP Air Quality Handicap in 1968, and the Railway Quality Handicap again in 1971. It was not until 1974 that this event took its current name, in honour of racing administrator, stud master, and businessman George E. Ryder.

The George Ryder Stakes was elevated directly to Group 1 status in 1980 and the distance was lengthened to 1450 metres in 1985 before settling on its current length of 1500 metres in 1986. A number of notable horses have won this event over the years, including Pierro in 2013, Weekend Hussler in 2008, Racing To Win in 2006, Lonhro in 2003-4, and the brilliant Schillaci in 1993. In earlier years, some of the outstanding horses who managed to win this event twice include Prince Regoli in 1962-63, Manikato in 1979-80, and my “All-time favourite horse – Emancipation in 1983-84. The George Ryder Stakes is run on the same day as the Slipper, the Ranvet, the Rosehill Guineas and the Galaxy – all five Group One’s.  The winner of the George Ryder Stakes is exempt from ballot for the prestigious Group 1 Doncaster Handicap. In recent times, this race has proven a solid guide to the Doncaster, with some of the horses who have won both events including Vision And Power in 2009, Haradasun in 2007 and Racing To Win in 2006.


Many people think we are one of those Corporate outfits but that is not the case. With an emphasis on Horse Racing solely 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 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 (Fixed and Middle Tote available) through to about 4am every night……

Good Luck and Happy Punting…….