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J ill I at ;it to to rs the i«- r. be M RICH PLACE MONEY IN AUSTRALIA. Place money has gone a long wav towards covering ig tlie racing expenses of several Australian owners rs during the past few seasons. At one time the prize- money for second or third, apart from the most im- 11- portaut handicaps, was of little account, but the ie I i • . i . r • I - ■ J I I - 1 t ? j • J e j 0 r ■ s L J ,1 . n il P e t ivosition is different now. An owner may race unluckily, having to put up with seconds and thirds in big events, but. in such case, it is possible for him to race to a profit if he is not - heavy bettor. Westcourt. for instance, has not won a race this season, but he has only missed a place once in seven starts, his record lieing as under: Second Rosehill Spring St-ikes $ 175 Third A. J. C. Derby 1,500 Se -oiid Clibborn Stakes 750 ! Second Grantham Stakes 000 1 Second Melbourne Cup 8,000 Third Victoria Derby 1.500 1 Total .2,525 William the Silent is a winner, but he earned con- siderably more In the two seconds credited him this season than in his three firsts. However, his owner speculates heavily, and the chestnuts second money in the Metropolitan and Caul field Cup may not have ■ greatly exceeded what was lost backing him for those races. Still, to many owners the following I place-getters would have been acceptable as a years 1 winnings: Second Metropolitan ,000 Second Caulfield Cup 3.750 I - Total ,750 Cetigner though unlcuky in his Melbourne races, , landed his owner a fair sum, made up as follows: Second Victoria Derby ,000 I Second Linlithgow Stakes 1.000 I Second C. B. Fisher Plate 1.000 . Total ,000 In addition. Rouen won Mr. Barnett 00 for . second place in the Oaks, so that he has reason to j be thankful that present-day place-money is on such . a liberal scale. Cagou has lieen unsuccessful at the big meetings, but at Randwick and Fleinington his earnings were: I Second Randwick Plate ,000 ; Third Melbourne Stakes 500 [ Third O. B. Fisher Plate 500 j Total ,000 Among the prominent two-year-olds Irish Comedy " is still a maiden, but his two seconds have returned 1 Mr. Mulcahy ,000, and before she opened her r winter account in the Fleniington Stakes, Dench had credited Mr. Clark with ,250 for two seconds 5 and a third. "Place-money is very useful." an 1 owner remarked to me the other day. and that is easy to believe when it ruus into such sums as s those mentioned nhove. — Pilot in Sydney Referee.