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Welcome to the Winx Stakes 2022 Edition of the VNEWS…

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This newsletter includes the following:

  • VJoke – Geoffrey and the Old Nag….
  • VBigBets – Jimmy the Bear is a not a good start for us..
  • VBet – Dare to Hope – Fighting pancreatic cancer……
  • VH2H – Top 6 in the H2H’s every race…..
  • VMeetings – Group Races Sydney…..
  • VKeeping – $500k on Black Caviar in 2012…….
  • VFeature Racing – 35 Features online now…..
  • VPromotions – Wednesday Promo…
  • VFacts – Winx Stakes first run in 1923 as the Warwick Stakes……..
  • VRefer – Thanks……..
  • VEnd – Good Luck……


Geoffrey Higgins a jockey and the brother to the Famous twice Melbourne Cup winning jockey Roy Higgins, was way down on his luck. He is walking down the road next to Caulfield Race Track leading a racehorse when he bumps into a friend. “What are you planning to do with that Old Nag?” his mate asks Geoffrey. “Race it,” replies the Geoffrey the jockey. He was quite surprised by the question. “Well, by the look of it,” the man says, “You’ll win!”


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

  • Caulfield Race 1 – Jimmy The Bear $6k BOB ($3.60) – Credit of $15,600 to the VICBET Client…..

And the largest losing wager was also at Caulfield:

  • Caulfield Race 9 – El Rocko $6k Fixed at $5 (Second at $5.50 – $4.20) – Loss of $6k to the VICBET Client….

Don’t forget we have the Daily Big Bets appearing in “Real Time” as we take the bets on the VICBET Home Page on the Main website……


Now 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 cancer – Dare to Hope…. The selection is chosen and the $100 VBET is for R7 at Canterbury today – $100 on Green Flash at $3……

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 go to our Live Chat 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……


It was a great day of Racing last week and it is an even better day this upcoming Saturday. It is headed by the Group 1 Winx Stakes at Randwick, as well as a Group 2 and two Group 3 Races…..


People often ask me the biggest bet I have taken in the journey since 1992. For dollar mount it was on Black Caviar in the Group 2 Australia Stakes in Jan 2012. She was $1.03 (33/1 on) into $1.02 (50/1 on) on this particular day and won by four lengths in a field of seven. A Client from Singapore had $500k at $1.03 to win $15k, needless to say I was hoping she put her foot in a hole but didn’t hurt herself or Luke Nolen. Not to be though…… To watch the actual race (do it without volume) – CLICK HERE


Up on the VICBET website there are now 35 Feature Races to have a browse at…. This week the VSpecial is in the upcoming Memsie Stakes (27/8). Tofane and Im Thundertruck are equal Favs at $5.50. This week anyone can have $7 on either of the the fancied picks, up until Midnight on Friday 19th August. (Max Wager $750) Simply place your wager at the current Fixed Odds and we will amend the odds for you after you let us know on Live Chat. Note this is for current VICBET account holders only….


We are are offering a few VPromos:

  • Today – The five venues are Canterbury, Cranbourne, Morphettville, Ipswich and Belmont. Have a Fixed Odds Win on any runner at any of the five venues today and if your horse runs second we will refund your stake back as a bonus up to $20. First WIN bet on each respective race only and VBoost Bets are not eligible. Note the races today must have eight or more runners in them to be eligible for the VPromo…….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 $20 bets on the VPromo races will be removed from the list…..
  • Thursday – Fancy a bet on the dogs ? We are offering Best Tote the WIN on all races at Sandown Park.
  • Winx Stakes Promo! Look out for on Friday in the Friday VPromo update


The Winx Stakes – formerly known as the Warwick Stakes – is one of the country’s newest Group 1 races upgraded from its previous Group 2 status for the first time in 2018 and renamed in honour of the world’s best mare – Winx. The Royal Randwick race is held at the very start of the esteemed Sydney Spring Racing Carnival giving Sydney bragging rights to the opening Group 1 race of the Spring since the upgrade. The feature event of Winx Stakes Day, the race is run over 1,400m under weight-for-age (WFA) conditions and the prize money was doubled from $250,000 to $500,000 for the first time in 2018. Runners in the Winx Stakes may have previously competed in the Group 3 Missile Stakes (1,100m), another weight-for-age event at Randwick two weeks prior. The race’s now namesake Winx won the race first-up in 2016, again in 2017 and then became a three-time champion of the event in 2018 shortly before she retired from racing. As much as it is great to honour Winx with a race in her honour I am a Traditionalist and prefer the original name. This race has been known as the Warwick Stakes since 1923 and some famous winners include Amounis (1930), Flight (1944), Bernborough (1946), Tulloch (1957), Kingston Town (1980, 81 and 82), Super Impose (1990 and 91), Shaftesbury Avenue (1992), Sunline (1999), Lonhro (2001 and 2003), Winx (2016, 17 and 2018) and Verry Eleegant (2020)…


Many people think we are one of those Corporate outfits but that is not the case. With an emphasis on the three codes of Horse Racing, Dogs and Trots we are the Old Fashioned type of Bookmakers (four generations going back to 1941). 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 very approachable, we work 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…….Feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions about any Racing/Bookmaking Matters….The best way is Live Chat or call our mobiles…….


If you are new to VICBET in recent times 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 have every available Overseas horse race, trots and dogs through to about 4am every night……

Good Luck, Stay Safe and Happy Punting…..