Impressive G3 success for Right On Cue in Keihan Hai
Right On Cue secured a first victory at G3 level with a blistering display in the Keihan Hai over six furlongs at Kyoto, Japan, on Sunday 24 November.
The Mitsugu Kon-trained Shamardal colt, a fast-finishing fourth over the same distance in the G3 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 four-year-old readily quickened clear in the closing stages to win by a length and three-quarters 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 six-furlong 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 US$1,000,000 to his bank account. We got a taste in the summer of his ability when he finished a fast-finishing close fourth in the G3 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 G2 or G3 race for him in late February or early March before either a trip to Dubai or a run in the G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen.”