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Welcome to the Lightning Stakes Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Dog of a Joke……
  • VBigBets – 2020 Cox Plate winner disappoints…..
  • VBet – Christian J wins this week’s $100 VBET….
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race……
  • VMeetings – Another big weekend ahead…….
  • VKeeping – Matching Offer……
  • VFeature Racing – Enthaar looks to be the next Super Star…..
  • VPromotions – Every Race Melb and Sydney race again……
  • VFacts – Now known as the Black Caviar Lightning
  • VRefer – Thanks……..
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


A man goes into a bar with his dog. He goes up to the bar and asks for a drink. The bartender says “You can’t bring that dog in here!” The guy, without missing a beat, says “This is my seeing-eye dog.” “Oh man,” the bartender says, “I’m sorry, here, the first one’s on me.” The man takes his drink and goes to a table near the door. Another guy walks into the bar with a Chihuahua. The first guys sees him, stops him and says “You can’t bring that dog in here unless you tell him it’s a seeing-eye dog.” The second man graciously thanks the first man and continues to the bar. He asks for a drink. The bartender says “Hey, you can’t bring that dog in here!” The second man replies “This is my seeing-eye dog.” The bartender says, “No, I don’t think so. They do not have Chihuahuas as seeing-eye dogs.”
The man pauses for a half-second and replies “What??! They gave me a Chihuahua??!”


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

  • Caulfield Race 6 – Best Of Days $5k Fixed at $4 – Credit of $15k to the VICBET Client…..

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

  • Caulfield Race 8 – Sir Dragonet $6k BOB ($3.20 – $2.70) – Loss of $6k 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 Christian J. Thanks for sending in those jokes Christian, some very funny ones and also some a little inappropriate. 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.


What a great day it was on Saturday to begin the Autumn Carnival. It is another cracking weekend of racing coming up with the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning as well as two Group 3 Races at Flemington. There are also two Group 2 Races and two Group 3 Races at Randwick. On Sunday it is the Colac Gold Cup.


Just a reminder, we are happy to match any of our competitors if you see a better price out there for all available races including futures. T & C’s apply.


The Future Races are all online now with seventeen races to have a browse at. This week the VSPECIAL is in the Blue Diamond. There was some impressive wins on the weekend but Enthaar still looks to dominant the market. It is $2.10 at the moment and this week we are offering a VBOOST increase up to $2.50 for the up and coming Super Star. 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 12th February……NOTE: Current active VICBET account holders only…..


VICBET Run Second Special:

With so much interest in last weeks every race promo, where we refunded $8,850 back to VICBET Clients we have decided to do it again. Same as last Saturday simply have a Fixed Odds Win Bet up to $50 on ANY race at Flemington 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  between New years Day and today the 9th Feb to be eligible……


Now known as the Black Caviar Lightning, the Lightning Stakes has been around since 1955. Its particulars have never really changed: it’s always been run over 1000 metres (or the old equivalent, five furlongs), and it’s always been run down the famous straight at Flemington (the only exception being 2007, when it was run at Moonee Valley due to track refurbishments at Flemington). In 2013, the new race name was adopted to honour the great Black Caviar, after she became the only horse to have won the race three times. That feat overtook a number of Australia’s great sprinters who had won the Lightning twice: Sky High (1961 and 1962), Wenona Girl (1963 and 1964), Maybe Mahal (1977 and 1978), River Rough (1984 and 1985), Schillaci (1992 and 1993) and Mahogany (1995 and 1997). The race is the first of the three big Group 1 sprint events over the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. The Oakleigh Plate (1,100 metres) at Caulfield follows the Lightning, with the Newmarket Handicap (1,200 metres) back at Flemington after the Oakleigh Plate. Only two horses have completed the treble, winning all three in one year: Western Australian champion Placid Ark in 1987, and the big grey Schillaci in 1992. With Australian sprinting entering a golden age over the past fifteen years, the list of recent winners of the Lightning includes some impressive names: In Her Time (2019), Redkirk Warrior (2018), Terravista (2017), Chautauqua (2016), Lankan Rupee (2015), Snitzerland (2014), Black Caviar (2011-2012-2013), Nicconi (2010), Scenic Blast (2009), Apache Cat (2008), Miss Andretti (2007), Takeover Target (2006) and Fastnet Rock (2005)…..


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…….