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18/02/02 Mayfield-Smith Hunts Out Innovation Girl's Sister
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.

Mayfield-Smith 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.

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