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15/07/02 Innovation Girl to Tackle Adelaide Feature
r6bm-smith.jpg (8059 bytes)Brilliant Melbourne 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 Lang.

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