Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes
|Group 2, Newmarket 14:55
1m 4f, Class 1
|Saturday 4th May 2019|
1 Communique 12/1
2 Defoe 7/2
3 Mildenberger 13/2
7 ran Distances: 1¼l, 2¼l, 2l
Time: 2m 33.49s (slow by 6.39s)
Communique takes it with a great ride from Silvestre de Sousa!
Delivering in style…— Newmarket Racecourse (@NewmarketRace) May 4, 2019
Silvestre De Sousa guides Communique to victory in the Group 2 Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes pic.twitter.com/KzRj5GLoMu
Communique led from pillar to post when causing a minor upset in the Roaring Lion Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.
Although a previous winner over the course and distance, Mark Johnston's charge had finished well-beaten on his return to action at Newbury and looked to have plenty on his plate - with John Gosden's high-class filly Coronet and Roger Varian's defending champion Defoe among his six rivals.
However, the 12-1 shot set only a moderate pace in front and three-times champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa had kept a bit up his sleeve as he raised the tempo racing inside the final quarter-mile.
Last year's winner Defoe finished with a flourish, but Communique never looked in any real danger of being caught and passed the post a length and a quarter to the good.
"He clearly wasn't going too fast in front, but they have given him six lengths. He has managed to get a little breather in and kick again and they've all had that ground to make up," said Johnston.
"I thought Mildenberger looked like he was coming, but he got caught out again by the turn of foot of Communique. He has stayed on reasonably so I'm happy with him as well. I think both are great horses to go to war with. Communique was not here as a pacemaker, he was here on merit and won it on merit."
Asked about a tilt at the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom, the trainer added: "We would certainly be looking at it. I did the entries for Royal Ascot the other day and I'm pretty sure he is in the Hardwicke Stakes."
Roger Varian was pleased with Defoe's effort in defeat and will consider stepping Defoe up in trip at some point in the future following his staying-on effort.
He said: "I thought he ran a good race. A better early gallop might have suited him and helped him peg the winner back. I think on paper it was a stronger renewal of the race than he won last year. He hasn't won, but he has run a fine race.
"I'd like to step him up in trip at some point. It's probably a bit soon to run him back in the Yorkshire Cup. He has got mile and a half options, but at some point in there we will try him over further."
Jockey Club Stakes
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 4f, Class 1
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(6)||Communique (IRE) 12/1||S De Sousa
|2nd||(1)||1¼||Defoe (IRE) 7/2||David Egan
|3rd||(7)||2¼||Mildenberger 13/2||W Buick
|4th||(2)||2||Coronet 5/4f||L Dettori
|J H M Gosden||5|
|5th||(3)||8||Red Verdon (USA) 20/1||R L Moore
|E A L Dunlop||6|
|6th||(5)||1¾||Young Rascal (FR) 5/1||James Doyle
|W J Haggas||4|
|7th||(4)||7||Maid Up 33/1||Rob Hornby
|A M Balding||4|