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AUSTRALIAN HANDICAP NOMINATIONS. • II is ol interest to note that racing iu Australia ha- not suffered iu coametnaencc ol" the war. at least ; Important events to he run at their spring meetings in October and November have not suffered. For the Melbourne Cup. a two-mile handicap of ." 0 each, with .0oo added, and a trophy worth ." o. the entry is stronger by twenty one t.hau iu each of the two previous years, no fewer than 254 horses having been allotted v.ei-hts by the liandhappei . Mr. W. A. Measles. For the CaulfieM Cup one luib-and a half, a handicap of 5,000, the entry of 244 is only two less than la-t year, and fourteen above that of 1013, Che Epsom Handicap one milei has attracted 20:;. as against one less last year, and the Metropolitan one mile and a halt 1 has secured an entry of 1V . Turning to the weights, the top weight ill the Melbourne Can is Ilvas Isles I :.; pounds, and there is a 42-poiinds margin be tween the s 11 of Bositano and those at the bottom of the handicap. Then are a strong detachment in point of numbers, the handicapper having allotted the lowe-t weight of tl] pound- to no fewer than forty-nine of the entry. La-t years winner. Kin-burgh. has gone up from hi- then weight of 90 1 pounds to 112 pounds, and the runner-up. Sir Alwya-ton. 120 pounds has lieen allowed seven pounds for tin- beating. Uncle Sam. which won the Caulfield Cup in 1912 and again last year, has 127 pounds iu the Melbourne Cup. but in the Caulfield race he lias iHen given the top weight of 135 pounds. Lily-veil. Hie imported horse, by Martagon. out of Chiffon, has 12s pounds in the long race, whereas at Caulfield he can meet Cade Sam on eight pounds better terms. No fewer than forty- ne imported horses were originally entered for the Melbourne Cup. two of which dropped out before the publication of the weight-, being ineligible owing to nonregistration. Hitherto the only imported horse that ha- won either the Melbourne or the Caulfleld Cup i- Mr. Sol Croons Comedy King, which secured the first -nai I no.- in lOlo. but it is expected tint Imported candidates may be prominent in both races tliis year.