The major race of the Listowel Festival was won by Alfa Beat(6/1) ridden by Barry Geraghty and trained by Charles Byrnes. The Guinness Kerry Grand National had a total prize fund of €160,000.
Alfa Beat had won his last three and the handicapper put him up 17lbs for his win in Galway last time , but the weight did not stop him from collecting the €96,400.00 first prize from the JP McManus pair Dancing Tornado(7/2F) and Finger on the Pulse(14/1).
Finger on the Pulse winner of The Galway Plate had lead from the start and only got passed after jumping the last by Alfa Beat and then on the line by Dancing Torando for second place. Dancing Torando was probably a little unlucky after loosing a lot of ground by a poor round of jumping.
Winnng trainer Charles Byrnes said: “I’m over the moon. We were unlucky in this race seven years ago when Cloudy Bays had the race won and unseated at the second last.
‘We were very disappointed then but this has made up for it. We thought the ground might have gone on us this morning.
‘Barry made a brave decision as he said the horse was not travelling well on the ground but when he pulled him out wide, he grabbed hold of the bit again.
‘Good ground is a must for this horse. He’s still only a novice and I doubt if there will be a higher-rated novice this side of Christmas.
‘My long-term plan for him has always been the four-mile race at Cheltenham.
‘He’s a horse that’s very well handicapped over hurdles compared to his chase mark and we may look at something there as well.’
Barry Geraghty said ”The more he went the better he liked it, He traveled so well on the outside. 17lbs was a huge penalty for winning in Galway but he is young and the world is the horses Oyster as he is only six and still a novice”