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30/06/02 Midday Matinee's Hearty Return
Midday Matinee has made a successful return to the track after a heart complaint when she scored an impressive win in the Reveille Super Vobis Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield today.

Winning trainer Greg Eurell said the filly had an irregular heart beat after she failed at Sandown last December.

"Some horses are able to return successfully, where other's just can't seem to be able to handle the pressure of racing again," Eurell said.

A daughter of the former top class galloper Encores, Midday Matinee showed no signs of any heart irregularities as she strolled up the her rivals and then hit the front at the 200 metre mark and strolling away for an impressive win.

Eurell, who's enjoyed a great run recently with the likes of Princesa, Summer Rule and Tiger Belle, wasn't overly confident in the filly's return today.

"She's done well at home, but I've been pretty easy on her really," he said. "I thought she should run well but you just don't know how they are going to cope until you get them out there in the pressure of the race."

Winning jockey Brian Park, who's had an incredible past six months in Melbourne and Adelaide over their recent Cup carnival, was impressed with the performance.

"She travelled well and when I gave her a flick (with the whip) she really put herself into the race well," Park said. "I was impressed with the way she hit the line."

Connections collected over $26,000 with today's win as the filly was eligible for $10,000 in Super Vobis bonuses.

Villeroy, who flew the start and set up a big lead in the middle stages, battled on reasonably to hold second place. The Geelong galloper Dreamalot was third.

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