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Serenity Grove wins well on hurdling debut


Serenity Grove brought up plenty of bets when delivering on racecourse debut in the opening maiden hurdle at Downpatrick.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained 5/1 shot moved well for Darragh O'Keeffe with the pair in front approaching the last.

The closest pursuer, Wild Shot, completely sprawled upon landing which enabled Serenity Grove to move clear. He came in by 15 lengths from the 7/4 favourite The Greek who had Davy Russell on board as he made a return to the saddle after long-term injury. Wild Shot dropped another 13 lengths back to third at 4/1.

O'Keeffe said: "He had a good run in a point-to-point when he fell at the last. He showed that day that he had some bit of ability.

"He travelled away and jumped great there today. Hopefully he can step forward from today."


Russell said of his comeback on the runner-up: "Yes it's great (buzz) and fantastic to be back.

"I've had a lot of success here and I enjoy coming here, the crowd are very good to me."

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