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
"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.