A desperate Brock Ryan lunge on the line has denied Jess Del Frari her first career victory at Moruya on Tuesday.
Riding in just her third start, the Gwenda Markwell apprentice looked poised to claim her maiden winner aboard Linden.
The three-year-old pulled away from her rivals down the straight, but tired late as Ryan gathered steam aboard Robert and Luke Price's Noble Soldier.
Markwell was pleased with her apprentice's ride, while Robert Price praised Ryan for his work with Noble Soldier both in training and at the races.
"He done a good job Brocky," Price told Sky Racing. "Without Brocky honestly we'd be lucky to have this horse in work. Every day he gives us a bit of grief, he's as quirky as they come.
"It was probably going to be a bit short for him today, but he needed that today. We give him a real soft trial on Wednesday to try and school him.
"I think it's not so much the schooling, he's got that arrogance in his head and we've got to get him thinking int he right frame of mind otherwise things can go real pear shaped real quick."