History Repeats


In 2009, trainer Danny O’Brien produced a pre-Christmas debut two-year-old winner over 1000m at Moonee Valley in eventual dual Group 1 winner Star Witness. On Friday night history repeated as the trainer stepped out the gun stallion’s half-sister, Lady Lupino, who matched her brother with an all the way win over the same trip.

The Widden-bred filly showed all the speed of her family by bouncing to the front for jockey Damien Oliver and proving too strong for her rivals, in what was a commanding debut.

O’Brien, who trained the siblings’s mother, Leone Chiara, also bred and part owns this filly and he was ecstatic with the performance.

“She has been a star broodmare and it’s really exciting to have this filly come out and perform as well as she did tonight,” O’Brien said.

“She has inherited all of her family’s best traits and she has really exciting future.”

Dam Leone Chiara won 7 races, including the Group 3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville, from 26 career starts. In the breeding barn she has produced champion colt Star Witness and Group 3 winner Nostradamus, and Lady Lupino became her seventh winner from eighth foal to race.

O’Brien said he would see how the daughter of Sebring came through her debut performance before deciding on her next step.

Pic by Racing Photos

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