Thouva Off The Mark For Meade

Wed 5th Dec 2012, 14:14

Thouva and Davy Russell on their way to victory
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Thouva produced a smart front-running performance to open his jumping account in the beginners chase at Wexford.

Davy Russell had the grey at the head of affairs throughout and he proved too strong for main rival King Of The Refs in the closing stages.

The 13/8 favourite had been tracked by his rival on the final circuit but asserted when asked for an effort before the final fence.

Davy Russell's mount got in a bit tight at the last but had plenty in hand as he recorded a five-length success.

The French-bred had been a winner on the level in his native land and was having his fourth start since joining Noel Meade.

"He jumped great. The opposition maybe wasn't great though," said Russell afterwards.

(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)

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