TURN the clock back 12 months and Natalia Lupini was the subject of racing media interest heading into Irish Champions Weekend. Off the back of a break-out season winners-wise, she was a natural port of interest and had a couple of chances at the crescendo two-day event.
As it transpired, both Dunum and Blairmayne just missed out on the Sovereign Path Handicap at declaration time and so it was the filly Highly Desirable, declared for the Ingabelle Stakes, who would be her sole representative. She was a maiden going into the Group 3, but Lupini felt she was well worth her place and despite odds of 125/1, she ran a fine race to earn valuable blacktype in finishing third. Job done.