|Not surprisingly leading
Melbourne based trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith has snapped up the full sister of his star
juvenile Innovation Girl during the final stages of today's first session of the Magic
Millions Select Yearling Sale in Adelaide.
who saddled up the filly to her first defeat in Melbourne on Saturday, was sitting
comfortably at the rear of the sales complex and chimed into the bidding duel as her price
raced towards the six figure mark.
After a tense few minutes of auctioneering the brown filly
was knocked down the Mayfield-Smith for a session topping $130,000, an honour she shared
with another youngster.
The Flemington trainer hoped he could snap up the youngster
and said he was willing to pay a little extra than what was required.
"I had a syndicate of owners ready to buy her and I
would have went to $150,000 to buy her without any problems," he said.
Mayfield-Smith said this yearling and Innovation Girl were
both different types when compared at the same times of their respective lives.
"This filly this year seemed a better type."
"She could be a different type and she may put on some
growth spurts and may just need extra time. Whereas, Innovation Girl was an early runner
and capable of performing at two," he added.
The filly was offered by Des Pope's Rubiton Bloodstock
operation which is based at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.
Pope retained Innovation Girl, who was the first runner for
his former smart city performer Bright Gleam.
Mayfield-Smith reported that his current star of his
youngsters had pulled up well after tasting her first defeat.
"She's come through the race in great fashion. We'll
send her to the paddock now for a well earned break," he said.
Connections of Innovation Girl won't be pressured into
running for over a million dollars in Saturday's Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.
"It just wouldn't be good on her at all really. We
could have backed her up again on Saturday but I think it would be just too taking on
her," Mayfield-Smith added.
The purchase of the Rubiton filly was the third yearling
picked up by Mayfield-Smith during today's first session at Morphettville.
In the space of three minutes the astute mentor purchased
another two fillies - lots 20 and 21.
He paid $55,000 for a chestnut filly by last year's
Champion American sire Thunder Gulch from the mare Phar Lite.
There was no resting for Mayfield-Smith when he then
snapped up the following lot - a Last Tycoon filly for $35,000.
And there's a great chance of seeing his name among the
results during tomorrow's second session.
"I've got my eye on a couple of colts for
tomorrow," Mayfield-Smith said.