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Happily (IRE) Racing News
Fillies don’t often win France’s premier Juvenile group one race, so when one does she’s well worth looking at.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien, who had won the race seven times with colts, sent Happily to the one-mile Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in early October after narrowly beating her stablemate Magical in the seven-furlong Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) in Ireland the previous month.
French punters clearly had faith in her, sending her out the 6-5 favorite, and she duly won by a length and a quarter from Olmedo (Declaration of War).
The win gave her 10 points on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby table, and she was placed third on the table after all four of the eligible juvenile races were contested.
Bred by Orpendale and Chelston Ireland, Happily is owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier, the trio linked with Ballydoyle and Coolmore-connected racehorses. She is by Coolmore’s outstanding sire Galileo out of the Storm Cat mare You’resothrilling, a group two winner of the Cherry Hinton Stakes.
Happily is the fifth Galileo foal produced by You’resothrilling, and all have been stakes horses. She is a sister to Gleneagles, winner of the 2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas, and St James’s Palace Stakes, all group one races over a mile, while You’resothrilling has also produced Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1) winner Marvellous, Secretariat Stakes (G1) runner-up Taj Mahal, and C.L. Weld Park Stakes (G3) winner Coolmore.
You’resothrilling is a sister to Giant’s Causeway, a multiple grade one winner in Europe who finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and has passed on an ability to run on dirt as a sire, which suggests Happily shouldn’t be ruled out as a prospect on dirt.
Happily may be more likely to be seen in turf Classics in Europe against her own gender rather than the Kentucky Derby next year. But if she did make it to the Derby, she would add a lot of intrigue.
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