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Welcome to the Lightning Stakes Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Drink till she’s Cute……..
  • VBigBets – Fresh did not look so Fresh…….
  • VBet – Brendan T is this week’s $100 VBET winner….
  • VH2H – New Clients, have a Free H2H bet on us…..
  • VMeetings – Group 1 Racing at Flemington….
  • VKeeping – Pre-Post Flucs to appear Online………
  • VFeature Racing – 20+ Feature Races available Online……..
  • VPromotions – Flemington Race 1 and 2….
  • VFacts – Lightning Stakes first run in 1955…..
  • VRefer – Thanks……..
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


A man stopped at his favorite watering hole after a hard days work on the tools. He noticed a man next to him had ordered a shot and a beer. The man drank the shot, chased it with the beer and then looked into his shirt pocket. This continued several times before the man’s curiosity got the better of him. He leaned over to the guy and said, “Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice your little ritual there, why in the world do you look into your shirt pocket every time you drink your shot and beer”? The man replied, “There’s a picture of my wife in there, and when she starts lookin’ good, I’m headin’ home”!


We now have the Daily Big Bets appearing in “Real Time” on the Home Page, now with last Saturday the biggest winning wager with us was at Caulfield:

  • Caulfield R5Microphone $10k TF ($2.70  into $2.60) – Credit of $17k to the VICBET Client…..

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

  • Caulfield R3Fresh $8k TF (Unplaced at $2.80 TF) – Loss of $8k to the VICBET Client……


This week’s $100 FREE VBET goes to Brendan T. Good luck with your Free Bet Brendan and thanks for opening an account a few weeks ago. All the names are dropped in the Hat and one winner will be pulled out, the only criteria to be included is you must have had a bet in February….. Thanks to everyone for sending in the jokes and in any VNEWS if yours is used a credit will appear in your VICBET account……Thanks Ned F for the joke…..

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. If you are new to VICBET send Tim a text and he will give you a free H2H wager……This is a novelty bet type so it is for the small players……


It is another brilliant Saturday of races highlighted by the Group 1 Lighting Stakes at Flemington. There are two big supporting races in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes which sees two superstars in Alligator Blood ($2.10) and Catalyst ($2.90) go head to head as well as the Group 3 Vanity,Katalin is $2.60. There is also group racing in Sydney and New Zealand……


Tim Cleary  suggested we have the Pre-Post Flucs appearing for you all to see, I know I do find it quite interesting myself when looking at the big swings with the odds. This will be on the VICBET website within the next few days so you can see what price your selection is and whether it has shortened greatly or eased in the market in the time up until the “Official Prices” click in…….


Up on the VICBET website there are 20+ Feature Races to choose from. Lots of interest in the upcoming Blue Diamond. This week the VSpecial is in the Blue Diamond, it is the Fav – Hanseatic. Anyone can have $3 this week up until midnight on Friday, Max is $1,500 per Client. 


This week we have a VPromo in Races 1 and 2 at Flemington. Have a Fixed Odds WIN bet on any runner between now and midnight tonight and if your horse runs second or third, we will refund your stake up to $100…. This is eligible for your first bet on the race……


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 (1100 metres) at Caulfield follows the Lightning, with the Newmarket Handicap (1200 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)…..


We are the Old Fashioned type of Bookmakers (four generations going back to 1941). We are NOT Corporates, we work On Course at the Melbourne Metro Meetings like Caulfield tomorrow on Stand 4 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……You can be assured we will look after them…..


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 and Happy Punting…..