THE SATURDAY STATS

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Favourites: 14.5 won from 42 races, producing a loss to a level pounds 1 stake of pounds 20.68.

Winner at longest price: Golden Ace, at 33-1, won the last race at Newbury.

Winner at longest Tote odds: Golden Ace again, paying pounds 62.80 to a pounds 1 Tote stake.

Shortest-priced loser: Phantom Quest, touted as a 2,000 Guineas contender by Newmarket gallops watchers, was 4-6 in Newbury's final event but could finish only fourth.

Worst Tote odds: That speedy mare Carranita gained her 12th victory but the Tote at Thirsk returned a poor pounds 4.80 to a pounds 1 stake compared with an 11-2 starting price.

Tote Placepots: Newbury (three placed favourites) pounds 235.50; Ascot (one placed favourite) pounds 107.00; Ayr (five placed favourites) pounds 10.00; Bangor (four placed favourites) pounds 102.20, Stratford (four placed favourites) pounds 4.30; Thirsk (no placed favourites) pounds 5,436.00.

Jackpot: not won at Newbury, so pounds 15,433.72 carried forward to Nottingham today.

Jockey: Dane O'Neill rode a cunning race on Kadastrof to win Friday's two-mile Thatcham Handicap at Newbury. O'Neill dictated a fast pace on testing ground, then gave his mount a breather early in the straight before stretching clear two furlongs out.

Trainer: David Nicholson, now making a late-season attempt to catch the current leading trainer, Martin Pipe, in the race for the 1995-96 jumps trainers' championship.

Horse: Nicholson's Moorcroft Boy won Saturday's Scottish National by 11 lengths despite having been close to death 17 months ago after breaking his neck when falling heavily at Aintree. "It was on hourly notice . . . are we going to have to put him down or aren't we?", the trainer recalled in the winner's enclosure at Ayr.

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