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.”
Galway is also on the mind of trainer Denis O’Shea, who saw her Supreme Vinnie (10-1) land the Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase in the hands of Rachael Blackmore.
O’Shea said: “He wants good, quick ground and he was brilliant. He needs good quick ground and he’ll go to Galway now, all being well.
“He’ll run in the Plate if he gets in, but if he doesn’t scrape in he’ll go for the Grade B handicap hurdle on the Saturday and he was second in that two years ago.”
She added: “We thoroughly enjoy this horse and the lads came in as owners four years ago and are now very good friends of mine.”