Happily lunged late to beat stablemate Magical in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. The victory earned the daughter of Galileo an automatic berth in the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar in November.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien withdrew likely favourite Clemmie on account of the testing conditions, but still fielded four of the eight runners in the Group One contest.
Magical had beaten Happily into second and another Ballydoyle inmate September into fourth place when landing the Debutante Stakes over the course and distance three weeks ago, and looked likely to follow up when kicking clear in the hands of Ryan Moore.
However, 13-2 shot Happily found top gear late on under the trainer's son Donnacha and got up to score by a short head.
September rounded off a one-two-three for the trainer, almost four lengths away from the front two.
O'Brien said: “Happily toughed it out and Ryan's filly ran a stormer as well.
“Donnacha gave her a great ride. He was delighted to be on Happily. In all fairness, they never question anything and that was just the way it happened.
“When the other filly (Clemmie) didn't run, Ryan got on Magical. It's strange the way things happen.
“All the fillies that ran are seven-furlong or mile fillies. I wouldn't shorten up any of them.
“They would be fillies for the Prix Marcel Boussac and the Fillies' Mile, while Clemmie could go for the Cheveley Park.”
Happily is the fifth foal, fifth winner, and third G1 winner out of You'resothrilling, a Group 2-winning full sister to champion Giant's Causeway. You'resothrilling's other foals – all by Galileo – include Marvellous (G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas), Gleneagles (champion, G1 Two Thousand Guineas; Irish 2,000 Guineas, etc.), Coolmore (3rd G1 Belmont Oaks Inv.), and Taj Mahal (2nd G1 Secretariat).
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