Russell shot Fools Rush In to the front on the final turn and the seven year-old soon drew clear to win unchallenged by 12 lengths.
Robert Tyner, who trains the winner for Riverstick publican, Maurice Kelliher, said: "Maurice bought this horse with one bid at the Newmarket sales. He handled the very testing ground today but he doesn't like it that heavy. He will probably go handicapping, but we may run him first in a winners race."
Take Your Mark may turn out again at Clonmel today following his five length win under seven pound claimer, Keith Clarke in the two mile handicap hurdle. Winning trainer, David Broad said: "we'll see how he is in the morning, but the plan is to run him in the lady riders handicap hurdle with Deirdre Ryan on board.
Aghacashel Angel, who has twice broken down, achieved his first success when winning the two and a half mile novice handicap hurdle. The nine year-old won much more easily than the three length margin might indicate as he was eased from the final hurdle by Robbie Moran.
Lar Byrne, who trains the winner in Co. Wexford said: "we'll probably run him in one more hurdle race before sending him chasing."
Jack Doyle, 16, rode his sixth winner when making all on Urban Rebel, trained by his father Pat, in the Easter Festival Maiden Hurdle.
The five year-old coped well with the extremely heavy ground and drew clear from the second last to win by a distance.
The winning rider's father said: "I've always thought Urban Rebel was a good horse and I still believe it. He got squeezed out and lost his confidence at the second hurdle on his previous start and Conor O'Dwyer did the right thing in pulling him up."
Tragic Lover, winner of the Irish Cesarewitch six years ago, scored his first win over hurdles when making all for Tommy Treacy in the three mile handicap while Eternal Lady was another all-the-way winner when taking the mares bumper by 15 lengths under JP Magnier, son of the six year old's owner, Sue Magnier.
* Leighton Aspell was the jockey to follow at Leicester with a 66-1 double on Jack Fuller and Executive Decision.
Aspell did have luck on his side as Executive Decision (14-1) looked a shade fortunate to take the Gus O'Neill And The Girls Handicap Chase.
Lucy Wadham's runner was handed victory as Moor Spirit unseated Russ Garritty at the final fence when holding a narrow lead.
That left Executive Decision to go on and score by six lengths from Lamp's Return.
Jack Fuller showed the benefit of a switch of stables to initiate Aspell's brace in the Michael Cannon - A Sure-Fire Bet Handicap Chase.
The nine-year-old only joined Peter Winkworth's yard three weeks after Peter Hedger quit the sport but duly obliged for the first time since last March. Brought steadily on the inside by Aspell to join the leaders in the straight, the 7-2 shot collared Bay Island at the final fence and drew away to score by seven lengths.