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Tranquil weaves her magic to claim Downpatrick spoils

Tranquil Magic made a successful start to her career over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Downpatrick.

The winner of a point-to-point, and also victorious over the smaller obstacles here last month, Colin Bowe's 9-4 joint-favourite was always prominent and having taken the lead briefly between five and four out, set sail for home at the next.

Persian Wind tried to make a race of it and J.J. Slevin had to get to work on Tranquil Magic, but she wasn't for catching and struck by five lengths.

Bowe said: "We were planning on this being her last run but J.J. said she loved the ground so we'll maybe get another run.

"She jumped lovely but had a bit of experience from point-to-pointing and was good and loves it here. She wouldn't be a star at home but she keeps her best for here."

Slippery Serpent (13-8) got off the mark at the second attempt over timber with a hard-fought success in the Molson Coors Maiden Hurdle.

Hardline, the easy-to-back 11-10 favourite, cut out the running but Slippery Serpent was never too far away under Paul Townend and after leading on the home turn, came four and a half lengths clear to supplement last month's bumper win here.

Trainer Edward O'Grady said: "He (Townend) said it was a messy race, a bit stop-starty, but said that once they speeded up, his jumping was dynamite.

"He thought he stayed very well and thought that he idled a lot when he hit the front, so you would hope there would be more in the tank.

"I think for Downpatrick it was a very fair standard maiden hurdle and he is not ground-dependent, so we'll keep him on the go."

All appeared to be going to plan when odds-on favourite Up For Discussion hit the front at the third-last in the White Horse Maiden Hurdle.

But Ruby Walsh was in his slipstream on Floramar (4-1), who found more after the final flight to score by four and a quarter lengths.

Trainer Conor O'Dwyer said: "That was an unbelievable ride. I'm Ruby's biggest fan but that's as good a ride as I've seen him give a horse. He's not an easy horse and he doesn't help you, but my God I owe Ruby one!"

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