wexford 5th Dec
Thouva and Davy Russell on their way to victory
(Healy Racing Photos)
Thouva jumped his rivals into submission to land the Hook Beginners Chase at Wexford.
Despite getting a little close to the last, Noel Meade's grey kept up his gallop to come home five lengths clear.
Last season's undoubted champion hunter chaser Salsify was beaten on his reappearance in the Rosslare Hunters Chase by Tammys Hill.
Venture Capital made a pleasing debut over hurdles when landing the Mount Leinster Maiden Hurdle.
Making steady headway from midfield under Brian O'Connell, the 10-11 favourite swept to the front at the last and though Our Native Land put up some resistance, Philip Fenton's charge was two and three-quarter lengths ahead at the line.
The 4-1 chance looked to have the race sewn up when clear at the last, but Jacks Island finished well up the run-in and was only a short head down at the line.
Catimini (16-1) won out in a driving finish to the Enniscorthy Mares Flat Race.
Last season's Foxhunter hero Salsify had to settle for second on his return to action as Tammys Hill proved too strong in the Rosslare Hunters Chase at Wexford.