Racing: Sayyedati third in Japan

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SAYYEDATI picked up pounds 91,812 for her connections by finishing third behind Ski Paradise and Zieten in the Group Two pounds 368,550 Keio Hai Spring Cup over seven furlongs at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan yesterday.

Held up in the rear in the early stages by Walter Swinburn, Sayyedati had had only one behind her as the field turned into the two-and-a-half furlong home straight, but the filly found a smooth passage through on the inside rail and, finishing fast, failed by just a nose to peg back Zieten for second place.

Brittain said: 'Sayyedati ran an extremely good race and I thought that she'd just got up for second. I'm delighted with her - she'll come on for the race and must have a great chance in the Yasuda Kinen.'

The first four home are expected to clash again, at level weights, in the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen, at the same course but over an extra furlong, on 15 May.

RESULT: 1. SKI PARADISE (Yutaka Take); 2. Zieten; 3. Sayyedati. 16 ran. 1 1/2 , nose. (Winner trained in France by Andre Fabre). Tote (100 yen stake): 220; 120, 280, 210. CSF: 1,040.