Lanciato impresses at Royal Randwick

Former kiwi galloper Lanciato provided a timely reminder of his undoubted ability with a comfortable victory at Randwick on Saturday.
The Mark Newnham trained five-year-old easily accounted for his eight rivals over 7 f to register his fifth career victory.It was the Per Incanto gelding’s third win for Newnham since joining his Warwick Farm operation after commencing his career in New Zealand for Cambridge trainer Stephen Marsh.
Lanciato has proved a model of consistency for Newnham, who began training in his own right in early 2016 after a successful stint with Gai Waterhouse.
"It's a good time of the year to win races, and look, this is one of the first horses I got to train and I'm really thankful to the owners Derek Tam and Peter Coffey,” said Newnham.
"He seems to have come back a lot better this preparation and it's really rewarding.
"I planned (this run) the same as his last preparation where he carried a big weight first up and ran third. A month later we won with him, so I had a look at this race where it brings him down in weight, on a dry track over 7 f; it's the right ingredients for him."
Newnham believes a rise in grade won’t phase his charge after he came with a sustained finish from well back for apprentice rider Rachel King.
"He had a lot of work to do and he had to run down an in-form horse,” he said
"He won third up last time, as well, so I think once he finds this type of formit's not hard to hold him there.
"The way he went today I'd say we'd probably look at a Listed race at the end of the month."

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