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Happily came up a bit short in her attempt to provide her dam, You’resothrilling, with a third Guineas winner after the previous victories of Gleneagles and Marvellous but she did her bit to uphold family honour, finishing third in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas to Billesdon Brook.
Sent off the 11-4 favourite, the daughter of Galileo kept on stoutly at the finish to be beaten two and a quarter lengths and it will be no surprise if she ends up flourishing over further.
She excelled as a two-year-old, landing two Group 1 contests in determined style – the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly.
“Her best part of the race was the final half furlong, as she was coming back and finishing well,” Aidan O’Brien, her trainer, said. “She doesn’t mind this ground. She does handle ease in the ground but this quicker ground was fine and she is very versatile.
“I’m happy with her run. There were no excuses. We will think about the Irish Guineas and see where we are. If anything, she was a little bit laid back for her first run.”
Happily was then sent off 5-4 favourite for the Irish 1000 Guineas but again had to settle for third.
Stepping up to a mile and a quarter has not helped Happily get back to winning ways at the highest level.
She stayed on well when a close fourth to Laurens in the French Oaks and then became the first three-year-old filly to contest the Coral-Eclipse since 1995. However, she never threatened to become only the third of her sex to win the Sandown showpiece – finishing fifth behind Roaring Lion.
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