LANCIATO PRIMED FOR EPSOM

Group Three-winner Lanciato will head into Saturday’s Gr.1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in good order in what has been a carefully laid out plan.

“I’m really happy with him,” trainer Mark Newnham said.

“It has taken a while for his coat to come right this preparation, but it was always the plan to go into the Epsom third-up, a month between runs, and that’s when he is the most effective.”

Newnham said the Per Incanto six-year-old has improved since his unplaced run in the Gr.2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick earlier this month and will appreciate the drop in weight.

“He trialed really well at Rosehill last Friday, he was very strong through the line. So dropping down in weights and back to a handicap and hopefully plenty of pace, that should suit.

“He worked at Warwick Farm on Monday on the course proper. It was really strong work, as good as he can go, so we’re going in there as fit and well as he can be. Now it’s just a matter of whether he is good enough.”

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