Neverushacon announced himself as a contender for major Galway honours as he turned the feature Party Time Ltd. Marquee Hire Chase into a procession at Limerick.
Jessica Harrington’s seven-year-old looked to have a fine chance on ratings returned to fences, and so it proved in the 20,000 euro contest.
A winner over hurdle at Killarney in May, the 5-4 favourite had run twice on the level since then and was always moving well within himself on this assignment under Paddy Kenny.
Taking a watching brief in third as The Game Changer cut out the early running followed by Attribution, Harrington’s charge went second at the third-last and by the time he got to two out the race was over.
Pinging the last, he came home with 12 lengths in hand of The Game Changer.
Kennedy lost his claim with the win, his 60th.
He said: “He was entitled to do that on ratings and was thrown in at the weights. He did it well to be fair and I’d say he has the option of the Galway Hurdle, which he might only scrape into from 122, or more than likely the Galway Plate.
“He won at Galway last year and he was 143 today so the handicapper might be good to him and leave him at the bottom of the weights in the Plate.
“I think the two-miles-six in the Plate would be no bother to him.”