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11/05/02 Malapert Returns in Style at Flemington

The Bruce Elkington trained three-year-old Malapert has made a winning return to the racetrack after a minor tendon injury at Flemington this afternoon.

A daughter of the in form Victorian stallion Encosta de Lago, Malapert had not started since a three quarter length second to the handy performer Gradual at Caulfield on mid-August.

Geelong based Elkington said the filly would have been racing in either January or February had she not suffered her injury a few months ago.

"It wasn't an overly serious injury, but she did need three months off," Elkington said.

"She hit the back of her tendon when out in the paddock when she was ready to come back into work," he added.

Malapert, who is out of the Flemington winning mare Brazenne, was a city winner two starts ago at Sandown when having her first start as a three-year-old, and third overall in her career.

David Taggart had the youngster sitting just off the pace early before swamping the lead at about the 300 metre mark and then drew clear for a soft win.

Elkington said he didn't really have anything in mind of note with the filly before he came through today's race.

"I didn't really look to far ahead as it all depended on how she went today," Elkington said after the victory.

"But she has better than average ability," he added.

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