Friday 20 July 2018

Joseph O'Brien's double at Killarney gives him three winners on the night

Grey Waters wins at Killarney
Grey Waters wins at Killarney

Joseph O'Brien was in fine form at Killarney with a double, including saddling the first two home in the Seamus Mulvany Bookmakers 3-Y-O Hurdle.

Grey Waters came out best of the young trainer's duo, having been sent on for home a long way out by Shane Shortall.

Holding a clear lead entering the straight, the 11-4 chance kept up the gallop to keep stablemate Pronounced four and three-quarter lengths at bay.

Shortall said: "She ran very well the last day against Brutal where J.J. (Slevin, jockey) felt he maybe should have made a bit more use of her. I went out with that in my head today and forced the gallop a bit and kicked on.

"She did it really well in the end and won cosy enough. She jumped very well and was like a handicapper over the last two.

"I started working with Joseph (O'Brien) full-time two months ago and things are going really well and he's after giving me two winners already. It's a very good job and they're very good people to work for."

O'Brien's run started when landing the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies And Mares Maiden with High Language.

Donnacha O'Brien pushed his brother Joseph's 5-1 chance into a clear lead turning for home, but needed the line to come in time as she clung on from Alykha's fast finish to score by half a length.

Donnacha O'Brien said: ""I thought I should have won at Galway but got stopped in my run and if that happens there you're in trouble.

"She stays well, is tough and tries hard and will stay further again."

O'Brien also struck at Kilbeggan when Arkwrisht (3-1) landed the Book Online At Beginners chase.

Jockey JJ Slevin was aboard the winner and he said: "He's a big old horse and I didn't want to break his rhythm down to the last and wanted to keep going forward.

"He galloped out through it and galloped away from it like it wasn't there. That's just him and it's great he stayed on his feet anyway.

"He'll get further as he won a two-mile-six Grade 3 in Clonmel. He's not a bad horse."

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