Mark Newnham was buzzing after his first city runner Lanciato came oh so close to scoring an upset win at Rosehill on Saturday.

“I got a bit excited,” Newnham said.

“I try not to generally because I’ve been in it long enough to know they’re not home until they’re home, but he ran great and that’s all I needed.”

As a former jockey then long-time stable foreman for Gai Waterhouse, Newnham has 12 horses in work after recently going solo and setting up stables at Warwick Farm.

Lanciato ($13) loomed ominously under the urgings of Kerrin McEvoy in the Benchmark 74 Handicap (1350m), but was gunned down by Hugh Bowman aboard the Chris Waller-trained favourite Dinghu Mountain ($4.20) – the official margin was a short neck. Gary Moore’s Classic Uniform ($6) was a length back in third.

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