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Joseph O'Brien continues in the winning groove at Ballinrobe

Joseph O'Brien continued his excellent form as Spin A Yarn landed the Paddy Smyth Memorial Maiden Hurdle at Ballinrobe.

The 7-4 favourite made it 10 wins in the last six days for the handler, after travelling well near the head of affairs under JJ Slevin.

Pulling into a clear lead before the second last, he had to be kept up to his work to hold off the challenge of Skeaping under Davy Russell, but was always doing enough and had a length and a half in hand at the line.

Slevin said: "I could here Davy coming to me and my lad was a bit lairy out in front. He wasn't doing a whole lot. He found plenty and I think if Davy had got closer my lad would have kept finding. He dug deep.

"He has a nice level of ability and he's improving away the whole time.

"He's a nice horse for the future."

Slevin added a second victory on the day when Hello Sweetie bolted up in the Tim Kelly Group Handicap Hurdle.

Already a dual winner at this track this season, Pat Collins' 5-2 favourite shot into the lead before the last and never looked back, beating Oskar High by three and a half lengths.

"She's won five now and she's a game little mare," said Collins.

"She'll go for a mares hurdle at Galway if she comes out of this well. "


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