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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Trainer Chris Waller weighs options for Canberra's Super Sunday of racing

David Polkinghorne Chris Waller is considering a number of nominations for Canberra's Super Sunday.


National Sprint winner Messene set for Doncaster Mile

SPORT: Black Opal day at Thoroughbred Park, Canberra. Jockey James McDonald winner of the National Sprint with horse Messene  . . 9th March 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Trainer Wayne Hawkes thinks Canberra might have witnessed this year's Doncaster Mile winner.


Olive calls time for a favourite

Wagga Gold Cup story and pic

Wagga Cup winner
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By Matt Malone

RESILIENT Canberra frontrunner Voice Commander showcased his
remarkable courage and fight to claim a thrilling victory in yesterday's
$140,000 Listed Wagga Gold Cup (2000m).

  Canberra trainer Nick Olive declared the victory the highlight of his career
as jockey Kathy O'Hara created history to become the first female jockey to win
the Wagga Gold Cup.

Voice Commander led the field for home and appeared gone several times in the
home straight as the Bede Murray-trained World Wide came to the fore.

World Wide joined Voice Commander early in the straight and looked to go past

David Polkinghorne It was Voice Commander's athleticism that first caught Nick Olive's eye at the yearling sales in Adelaide seven years ago.


Payne's colt fulfils Slipper criteria with Opal win

News. Black Opal Stakes.  Trainer David Payne chats with jockey Glyn Schofield who rode Criterion to win the Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.   10th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne David Payne wants to be the first trainer since Frank Cleary to pull off the Black Opal-Golden Slipper double.


Drain to Sydney stables not a sign of health of Canberra

Queanbeyan Age. 6-1-12. Karuta Queen is unlikely to challenge in next month?s $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Paul Rovere

David Polkinghorne Canberra's top trainers have allayed fears a recent trend of owners switching their horses to Sydney trainers was a concern for ACT racing and was just ''part and parcel'' of the industry.


Gai's hands-on approach works wonders

David Polkinghorne SYDNEY trainer Gai Waterhouse puts her emergence as the Queen of the two-year-olds down to "pulling her socks up" and having a more "hands on" approach with her young horses.


Zaratone's return worth the weight

Horse racing at Rosehill, 19.2.11
winner Zaratone
ridden by Taylor Lovelock Wiggins
trainer Nick Olive

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Nick Olive has been forced to return Zaratone to group racing in a bid to keep the six-year-old's weight down.


Murphys' purple daze

6 april 2012 Canberra times PHOTO by  GARY SCHAFER sport polky
Pat owners Ingrid and David Murphy off to Sydney to watch their horse in the Golden Slipper.

David Polkinghorne Equine influenza ruined the Murphys' first venture into racehorse ownership and the husband-wife team could've been forgiven for throwing in the towel when Momentarily's career was destroyed by the...


Bensley reunites with Zaratone for June Stakes

8 June 2012. Canberra Times photo by Rohan Thomson. Nick Olive's horse, Fullerton, ridden by Brendan Ward takes out Race 3 of the Benchmark 65 Handicap 1280m at Thoroughbred Park.

David Polkinghorne An Arabian horse racing conference in Germany combined with the Brisbane winter carnival have reunited Canberra jockey Richard Bensley with Zaratone in the listed June Stakes (1100 metres) at...