PROGRESSIVE Right On Cue secured a first victory at Group Three level with a blistering display in the Keihan Hai over 6f at Kyoto on Sunday. The Mitsugu Kon-trained Shamardal colt, a fast finishing fourth over the same distance in the Group 3 Keeneland Cup at Sapporo in August, was held up in ninth of the 18 runners by Yoshihiro Furukawa. Right On Cue was angled out turning for home and accelerated strongly in the straight, hitting the front approaching the final half furlong. The 4yo readily quickened clear in the closing stages to win by almost two lengths over I Love Tailor in 1m 8.8s on firm ground. Harry Sweeney, president of Godolphin in Japan, said: “It was an extremely impressive performance by Right On Cue.
He came very wide and won going away under a largely hands and heels ride, which is not easy to do in an 18 runner 6f sprint. “He has certainly come of age this year. He didn’t win or place in any of his three races last year but has won four this year and added more than $1,000,000 to his bank account. We had a taste in the summer of his ability when he finished a close fourth in the Group 3 Keeneland Cup at Sapporo and we had been expecting a big run. “He will now be rested for the remainder of the year and we will look at a Group Two or Group Three race for him in late February or early March before either a trip to Dubai or a run in the Group 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen.” The previous day, in Tokyo, Keizo Ito saddled Dover who quickened well to record a decisive victory in the mile Listed Capital Stakes, one of three Godolphin winners on the card, all ridden by William Buick for different trainers.