Thouva off the mark for Meade
Thouva and Davy Russell on their way to victory
(Healy Racing Photos)
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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