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The final race of the day has been won by Fawkner at Flemington Racecourse today, with the Reset gelding winning the 2012 TAB.com.au Stakes.
Fawkner won the race in a dominant fashion ahead of Free Wheeling, who finished second, and Wall Street, who placed in third.
The five-year-old was paying odds of $3.10 to win the 2012 TAB.com.au Stakes at bookmaker.com.au.
Fawkner is trained at Mt Macedon by Robert Hickmott, who was full of praise for jockey Nicholas Hall’s impressive ride.
“It was an absolutely great ride,” Hickmott said.
“That’s Nic Hall at his best, those patient sweeping rides.”
Hickmott was pleased to see Fawkner take out the Group 3 TAB.com.au Stakes on Victoria Derby Day.
“We’ve really enjoyed him this campaign,” he said.
“He’s always showed a lot up at the farm.
“For a couple of years now he might be the best we had.”
Fawkner may now head to the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington next weekend.
“We might look at running him in the Group 1 next Saturday or there’s a nice race at Sandown,” Hickmott said.
The trainer also revealed they might head to Perth for the Group 1 Railway Stakes next month.
Fawkner has now won eight of his 14 race starts and has earned more than $470,000 in prize money.
Hickmott will now focus his attention on the 2012 Melbourne Cup, where he is hoping to be represented by both Mourayan and Green Moon.
“I can’t wait, it’s the race that stops the nation,” he said.
“It’s the thing you aspire to.
“It’s the hardest race anywhere to win.
“There’s a lot of people trying to win it and to be frank it’s an achievement to everyone who gets a horse there.
“I think both Mourayan and Green Moon are genuine winning chances.”
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2012 TAB.com.au Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||4||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||–||6||55.5kg||$3.10|
|2||5||FREE WHEELING||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||1.75L||5||54.5kg||$3F|
|3||1||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney||James McDonald||2.5L||3||59kg||$15|
|4||9||MORANT||Damien Williams||Craig Williams||2.6L||1||54kg||$12|
|5||7||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Darren Gauci||2.8L||8||54kg||$11|
|6||10||RENEWED VITALITY||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||2.9L||2||54kg||$31|
|7||8||MCCLINTOCK||Mark de Montfort||Ms Lauri Wray||3.1L||7||54kg||$12|
|8||3||BOLD GLANCE||Norm Hilton||Chris Munce||4.35L||4||57kg||$12|
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