juvenile Innovation Girl will travel west of Melbourne for the first time when she runs in
Saturday week's Group Three Dermody Stakes at Cheltenham in Adelaide.
Thy filly's trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith said a start in the race
restricted to two and three-year-olds was all but assured after he announced he'd booked a
big race rider for the mount.
"Kerrin McEvoy will be able to ride her at the light
weight," Mayfield-Smith said yesterday after he provided a winner at Caulfield.
"The race looks ideal for her (Innovation Girl) as she
will only get 49 kilograms," Mayfield-Smith added.
The air of confidence from the experienced trainer was
nearly overwhelming as he dismissed one of Adelaide's brightest juveniles, who is expected
to provide major opposition.
Mayfield-Smith said he was "not worried at all"
about the Leon Macdonald trained Great Glen, an unbeaten youngster from two starts,
including a last start win over Yell in the Breeders' Stakes at Group Two level.
Interestingly, Yell at his very next start downed Innovation Girl in Melbourne before
pressing Lovely Jubly in Queensland.
The Group Three Dermody Stakes, which will be run at
Cheltenham on July 27, has a proud history. Past winners of the race inlcude Be Discreet,
Mint of Gold, Furama Nights, Sarason, Oenjay Star, Redelva, Clay Hero, Street Ruffian and
Eastern Court, who won the first two runnings in 1970 and 1971.
Past placegetters of the 1000 metre event, which will be
run at weight for age, include Piavonic, Zephyr Art, Leica Show, Fighter Bay, Schubert,
Lockley's Tradition and Major Wilkes.
PIC - Quentin