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VIDEO: Communique makes all to lift Jockey Club honours
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VIDEO: Communique makes all to lift Jockey Club honours
on 04 May 2019
The progressive son of Casamento recorded the best win of his career to date

COMMUNIQUE led from pillar to post when causing a minor upset in the Group 2 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.

Johnston also saddled the third home Mildenberger, with 5/4 favourite Coronet ultimately a shade disappointing in fourth.

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