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Welcome to the Gunsynd Classic Edition of the VNEWS…

Once again the team at VICBET would like to wish you all the best at this very hard time during the challenges of COVID-19, things are slowly improving with restrictions been gradually lifted, let’s hope it continues…….

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Ffffffffunny…..
  • VBigBets – Prezado is way too good at Flemington…..
  • VBet – Jason B is this week’s $100 VBET winner….
  • VH2H – Top 3 Favs in a H2H…..
  • VMeetings – Group Three Gunsynd Classic…….
  • VKeeping – POLi – A few tricks with it…….
  • VFeature Racing – Stradbroke Hcp…….
  • VPromotions – Eagle Farm Group Race Promo…..
  • VFacts – The Goondiwindi Grey……
  • VRefer – Thanks……..
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


It’s race day at Flemington with a big Melbourne Cup Day Meeting in progress. The bookies are busy taking thousands of bets when a bloke comes up to one young up-and-coming Bookmaker Brendan Cleary working on the Rails and says, “M-m-m-mate, I b-b-b-backed a f-f-f-five t-t-t- .” at which point the bookie Brendan cuts him off. “Look, cobber, I’m flat out like a lizard drinking at the moment – come back when I’m not so busy after the race will ya?” Five minutes later, the bloke returns. “Hey, I t-t-tried t-t-tell ya I b-b-backed a f-f-five t-t-t .” and again the bookie Brendan interrupts him. “Look, I haven’t got time for this mate, it is Melbourne Cup Day. Here’s a fiver. Now bugger off, will ya?” The bloke takes the fiver, somewhat surprised, and walks off. He goes out and joins his offsider in their old cattle truck in the Car Park. “How’d ya go?” asks the offsider. “C-c-can’t g-g-get over it,” he replies. “I went to t-t-tell the b-b-bookie I b-b-backed a f-f-five t-t-ton t-t-truck into his brand new M-m-m-m-ercedes and he g-g-gimme a f-f-fiver . !”


Last Saturday the biggest winning wager with us was at Flemington:

  • Flemington R5 – Prezado $2k Each Way BT at $7.20 – Credit of $15,200 to the VICBET Client…..

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

  • Flemington R6 – King Of Leogrance $12k Fixed at $2.10 ($2.15 – $1.80) – Loss of $12k to the VICBET Client……

Don’t forget we have the Daily Big Bets appearing in “Real Time” on the Home Page……


This week’s $100 FREE VBET goes to Jason B. Good luck with your Free Bet Jason and thanks for opening an account in February. Thanks to Alan G for sending the joke in (a bonus in your account) and everyone else who has been sending the jokes in by email to…..

VH2H – Head to Head Betting

VICBET H2H Betting is available every race 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 text or WhatsApp Tim Cleary (0433-339347) and he will price up for you, this can be in a group of two or three, max wager is $100 when he does this……This is a novelty bet type so it is for the small players……


There are no Group 1 races this upcoming weekend, however we have Group two and three races at Eagle Farm including the Group three Gunsynd Classic and the Group three Belmont Sprint in WA.


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Up on the VICBET website there are the main Spring Carnival Features as well as the Stradbroke Hcp and the J.J. Atkins at Eagle Farm early next month. There has been a lot of interest in the Stradbroke Handicap. Trekking and Dawn Passage are currently about $6-7 favourites in an open market. This week, anyone can have $9 on either pick as separate bets with a Max Bet of $500, up until Midnight on Friday 22nd May. Simply place your wager at the current Fixed Odds and we will increase the odds for you. You can send us a reminder by email at


We have a Promo on the three Group Races at Eagle Farm this Saturday. The Victory Stakes, Champagne Classic and the Gunsynd Classic. It is very simple: Have a Fixed Odds Win Bet on any of the three and if your horse runs second or third, we will refund your stake up to $50. First Bet on the Race only…..


In 1922 Goondiwindi was ‘on the map’ as a hub of scientific endeavour surrounding the total eclipse of the sun but in the 1970s Goondiwindi’s fame came from another source. Gunsynd, the Goondiwindi Grey, was not the most classy racehorse ever to race around an Australian racetrack but he was undoubtedly one of the most popular horses ever to race in this country. Much of his popularity arose from the rags-to-riches, fairytale nature of his story. In 1969 Goondiwindi grazier ‘Winks’ McMicking had his eye on a grey colt coming up for auction in Brisbane. ‘Winks’ was not flush with cash as times had been hard for a few years so he needed some additional backing to bid for the horse. On his next trip to town he called in at the Victoria Hotel in Goondiwindi. The licensee of the hotel, George Pippos, was interested in forming a syndicate and two other men happened to be in the bar that day. Bill Bishop, the local newsagent and Jim Coorey decided to join and the four men put up $1000 each. The young horse had promising but not outstanding breeding and had happened to knock his knee in the float on the way to the sales putting off some potential buyers so the syndicate managed to pick up the colt for a bargain $1,300. They named the horse Gunsynd as a short version of Goondiwindi Syndicate. Gunsynd enjoyed early success under Bill Wehlow’s training but it was after he was transferred to the stables of legendary trainer T.J. Smith that Gunsynd started to win Major races.  No doubt Wehlow was disappointed to lose Gunsynd from his stables and then to witness a great improvement in the horse but such was the lot of many trainers. Gunsynd enjoyed a purple patch over 1971-1972 with a sequence of seven straight victories then a famous win in the W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.  This win made Gunsynd the biggest money winner in Australian racing history at the time.  Gunsynd then ran third in the Melbourne Cup in a courageous performance carrying 60.5 kilograms after looking like he might run last before putting in a typical late run.  Gunsynd was unanimously voted Australian Horse of the Year for 1972.

Watch the 1972 Cox PlateCLICK HERE


We are the Old Fashioned type of Bookmakers (four generations going back to 1941). Today it is Rod & Tim sharing the reigns. We are NOT Corporates, we work On Course at the Melbourne Metro Meetings on the Rails, however the 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, we would like to reward if you ever felt like introducing a family member or friend to us. When they set-up an account and mention your name in the “Where did you hear about us” part we will reward you in your VICBET account……


If you are new to VICBET in recent times welcome, if you have had an established account and have misplaced your login details, 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 Race Meetings (except Tasmania) seven days a week……

Good Luck, Stay Safe and Happy Punting…..