Neverushacon too strong for Thunder rivals

Harrington runner triumphs at Punchestown.

Trainer : Jessica Harrington
Trainer : Jessica Harrington Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Neverushacon  made a successful return to action in the Ballymore Group Risk Of Thunder Chase at Punchestown.

Runner-up to Yanworth in last year's renewal, Jessica Harrington's charge subsequently won over the cross-country course in February before finishing down the field behind Easysland at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Making his first competitive appearance since, Neverushacon was the 2-1 favourite under regular partner Paddy Kennedy, and travelled strongly and jumped accurately on his way to an 11-length victory over last year's third Ballyboker Bridge.

Kate Harrington, assistant to her mother, said: "He was deadly and we couldn't be happier with him – he seems to absolutely love it here.

"We may go back to Cheltenham in December with him if the ground isn't too heavy

"For whatever reason, he just seems to be a different horse around here."

The Willie Mullins-trained Colreevy made a smart start to her career over regulation fences with a wide-margin victory in the Ballymore Group Rated Novice Chase.

The point-to-point graduate won the Grade One championship bumper at the Punchestown Festival in the spring of 2019, and went on to ply her trade at a high level over hurdles last term.

However, she could scale even greater heights over the larger obstacles judged on this 15-length success under Paul Townend.

"The trip was ideal, she handled the ground well and she jumped great," said the champion jockey.

"There was plenty of carnage behind me and I was able to stay out of trouble.

"Her form speaks for itself. She's a big mare and chasing will be her game."


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