Listowel’s Harvest Festival hosted its highlight and was rewarded with a terrific finish, as Snow Falcon just denied Saturnas in a head-bobbing end to the Guinness Kerry National.
A crowd in excess of 25,000, were witnessed to a super renewal of this three mile contest, with 18 horses going to post.
A Rated went on from the tapes, while Timiyan was lucky to survive a calamitous mistake at the first fence and became attached.
Vieux Morvan went on at the second fence, from A Rated, with Rogue Angel also prominent and then Snow Falcon and All Hell Let Loose.
Vieux Morvan pressed on as the field passed the stands, with two circuits in front of them.
Rogue Angel and Rachel Blackmore went into the lead at halfway, pressed by A Rated and this pair moved a few lengths clear of Snow Falcon and Vieux Morvan, as they headed into the home straight again. At the back, Slow Motion was pulled up.
Rogue Angel set out on the final circuit, with an increased lead of 10 lengths.
Six out and Snow Falcon, A Rated, All Hell Let Loose, Dell’ Arca and Shantou Village had closed the leader down dramatically. Four out Bishops Road and All Hell Let Loose departed.
Meanwhile, Snow Falcon went to the front at the third last fence and turned for home chased by Saturnas, Rogue Angel and Shantou Village.
Snow Falcon and Jonathan Moore took the second last well and moved four lengths clear of Saturnas, approaching the last.
On the flat, Saturnas began to dramatically close on the leader and it got desperate, but Snow Falcon just held on by a diminishing neck.
Four lengths back came the gallant Rogue Angel, with Dell’ Arca the best of the British runners in fourth.
Snow Falcon had finished fourth in the Galway Plate and was giving Noel Meade a valuable victory.