Former Cape bred G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Happy Valentine recently scored her first French victory to become the latest South African thoroughbred to win overseas.
The daughter of Silvano scored by over 1000m at Moulines, when making her French debut, on Monday, to take her formline to three wins from just five outings.
Happy Valentine had fared well first up when second over 1200m at Kempton Park in January, when clearly needing her first run in 18 months. The bay went one better on Monday when scoring at somewhat prohibitive odds.
Owned by Team Valor, Happy Valentine is now in the care of leading French handler Alain De Royer Dupre, having begun her career with Cape trainer Vaughan Marshall.
Happy Valentine, who was bred by Maine Chance Farms, was an outstanding performer at two, when winning two of her three outings. Her victories included a three and a quarter length romp over subsequent Equus Champion Along Came Polly in the G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship, which saw Happy Valentine earn an Equus Nomination for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.
Happy Valentine, a daughter of Silvano (Champion South African sire of 2012-2013) is out of the unraced National Assembly mare Happy Ever After and numbers G2 Senor Santa Hcp winner Happy Forever (by Var) as a half brother.
The impeccably bred mare, a granddaughter of top sprinter Happy Heiress, is also a three parts sister to former G2 SA Oaks winner and fellow Silvano daughter Happy Spirit.