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Fawkner has made up for a narrow Makybe Diva Stakes defeat a year ago to win this year’s edition at Flemington.

Given a precise ride from Damien Oliver, Fawkner ($4.80) slotted into the running line from a wide barrier before looming into the race on the turn.

First-up since finishing unplaced in the Melbourne Cup, the 2013 Caulfield Cup winner edged to the front at the 200m before holding off the fast-finishing Rising Romance ($15) by a half neck.

Entirely Platinum ($15) was a long head away third.

Oliver said Fawkner was the ultimate professional despite his advancing years.

“He’s an absolute warrior. He’s an eight-year-old but he’s had the best life at the Williams’s and he keeps repaying them,” Oliver said.

Nick Williams described Oliver’s ride as one of the best in a career that has now netted 106 Group One wins.

“What he did in the first 150 metres of the race showed why he has been the most dominant jockey in Australia for the last couple of decades,” Williams said.

Fawkner was pipped by Dissident in the 2014 Makybe Diva before going on to win the Caulfield Stakes and finish second in the Cox Plate.

The grey will follow the same path to this year’s Cox Plate.

 
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