Listowel chairman Pat Healy savours 'best Saturday ever'

The Tony Martin-trained Sil Ver Klass won the big race on the final day of the Harvest Festival
Listowel chairman Pat Healy savours 'best Saturday ever'

EDGING CLEAR: Sil Ver Klass and Peter Jon Carberry, left, jump the last before going on to win the Charlie Chute Memorial Handicap Chase at Listowel. Picture: Healy Racing

Listowel chairman Pat Healy has spoken of his delight after the six-day Harvest Festival ended with what he described as “our best Saturday ever” 

Reflecting on another hugely successful week, the popular photographer said: “It’s been unbelievable, we’re over the moon. Our big day, Guinness Kerry National day, we had a crowd of over 25,000 people, blue skies, everyone was walking around in t-shirts and then we had Ladies Day, we had a crowd of over 27,000 people so we were thrilled.” 

Paying tribute to the local community on Racing TV, Healy added: “I think Listowel, the Harvest Festival, is a unique race meeting, it’s the last town race meeting. Listowel’s a fantastic community, the people put their shoulder behind the wheel, they want it to be a success, and the locals make it a success.

“Everybody in Listowel takes pride in the Harvest Festival, they want to promote it, they want it to be a success and this week we saw the fruits of the locals’ labour.

“It's a huge boost to the North Kerry area, I think it’s worth €14m to North Kerry and I think this could be our best Saturday ever.” 

On the track, the Charlie Chute Memorial Handicap Chase, the big race on the final day, was won by the Tony Martin-trained Sil Ver Klass at odds of 5-2.

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