Kilkenny based horse trainer's tweet goes viral over name for filly

Joseph O'Brien trains horses at Owning Hill, near Piltown in south Kilkenny...

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Joseph O'Brien, seen here with the Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup winning horse trainer, Joseph O'Brien, has seen a tweet of his go viral after he asked people on social media to name a new filly.

O'Brien asked for people's help in naming the animal and received over 3,000 suggestions in just a few hours.

It all started with this:

This tweet garnered a huge reaction online and prompted O'Brien and his team to shortlist the names. They then set up a poll on social media which will decide what the filly gets called.

O'Brien added: "There were loads that we liked, but many were unavailable and some were scandalous!"

The shortlisted names are:  I'll be me; Galveston Girl; A Lady Like You and Seldom is Precious. 

There were only seven hours left to vote as of noon today with almost 8,000 votes cast already at that time: