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Ninth favorite Al Ain won the 77th running of the Satsuki-sho on Sunday at Nakayama Racecourse, covering the 2,000-meter course in a record 1 minute, 57.8 seconds.

Jockey Kohei Matsuyama secured his first Grade 1 win in his nine-year career, steering Al Ain behind the leading pack before sneaking past fourth-favorite Persian Knight, ridden by record four-time winner Mirco Demuro, down the stretch by a neck.

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