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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 – Priorities for this old man……
  • VBigBets – Chain Of Lightning upsets the short fav….
  • VBet – Dare to Hope – Fighting pancreatic cancer……
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race……
  • VMeetings – Group Two Racing in VIC & NSW….
  • VKeeping – VicBet’s Feature Race offer…
  • VFeature Racing – 33 races now online……..
  • VPromotions – Special Metro Races Promo….
  • VFacts – John F Feehan, his land became Moonee Valley…..
  • VRefer – Mention us to Friends and Family….
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


It’s the World Cup Final and a man makes his way to his seat right next to the pitch. He sits down, noticing that the seat next to him is empty. He leans over and asks his neighbour if someone will be sitting there. ‘No,’ says the neighbour. ‘The seat is empty.’ ‘This is incredible,’ said the man. ‘Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Final and not use it, amazing we have Brazil v England, I simply can’t believe it?’ The neighbour says, ‘Well actually the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first World Cup Final we haven’t been to together since we were married.’ ‘Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. That’s terrible….But couldn’t you find someone else, a friend, relative or even a neighbour to take her seat?’ The man shakes his head. ‘No,’ he says. “They’re all at the funeral.”


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

  • Caulfield Race 7 – Chain Of Lightning $5k TF at $7 (Upsetting Passive Aggressive the $1.90 hot favourite) Credit of $30k to the VICBET Client…..

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

  • Caulfield Race 9 – Jimmy The Bear $5k BOB at $3.60 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 R8 at Moonee Valley $100 on Military Expert at $3.80……

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….


Exciting week of racing with the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes and Listed Gold Cup at Wyong tomorrow! (Friday). Big day on Saturday with three Group 2 Races and a Group 3 Race at Randwick as well as two Group 2 Races at Moonee Valley.


With the Spring upon us now, don’t forget Vicbet’s Feature Race Promo where we will match any of our competitors price on any given feature race (Up to three rolls max). Also if you would like a Credit Card Refund rather than an EFT jump on the VICBET Live Chat and let us know, we will get it done straight for you…


Spring is upon us and here at VICBET we have 33 Future Races online to have a browse at. This week the VSPECIAL is in the upcoming Moir Stakes. Coolangatta heads the market as a $4.40 favourite and should firm even more if it wins the Group 2 McEwen Stakes on Saturday ($2.25 currently). This week, we are offering a VBOOST increase up to $5 for the superstar. 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 midday Saturday 3rd September……NOTE: Current active VICBET account holders only…..


VICBET Money Back Special:

This Saturday we have a money back special on every Metro Races around the country (Moonee Valley, Randwick, Morphettville, Doomben, 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 SIX Group Races at Randwick and Moonee Valley (Randwick Race 5, 6, 7, 8 and Moonee Valley Race 4 and 5) We will apply the same offer but up to $100! 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 $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 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). Watch the 2020 winner Humidor salute, 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…….