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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Lucky Raquie wins Black Opal Stakes

Glyn Schofield.

David Polkinghorne Jockey Glyn Schofield wins back-to-back Black Opal Stakes after guiding home Lucky Raquie.


Peter Snowden says Black Opal worthy of group 2 status

SPORT Sinjorn ridden by Peter Nobl wins the second racee at Randwick on 23 November 2013. Trainer Peter Snowden pictured Pic JENNY EVANS

David Polkinghorne Top Sydney trainer Peter Snowden thinks Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes is worthy of group 2 status.

Canberra Guineas

Field wide open after El Roca scratched from Canberra Guineas

El Roca.

David Polkinghorne El Roca's scratching has thrown the listed Canberra Guineas wide open.

Canberra Cup

Jacquinot Bay gives Guy Walter chance to end Canberra Cup drought

Guy Walter

David Polkinghorne Trainer Guy Walter is surprised his Jacquinot Bay is the favourite for this year's Canberra Cup.

Hall of Fame

Horse racing industry to honour legends at Hall of Fame event in Canberra

Australian jockey Shane Dye.

David Polkinghorne Canberra gets its chance to host the Australian Racing Hall of Fame induction evening.

Black Opal Stakes

'A bloody hard race to win' but locals still saddle up

Frank, left and Joe Cleary.

David Polkinghorne The Cleary connection still runs strong at Black Opal Stakes, writes David Polkinghorne.

Black Opal Stakes

Trainer says Headwater Country can cause an Opal boilover

Liam Birchley

David Polkinghorne Brisbane trainer Liam Birchley thinks Headwater Country's last start should be forgotten.


Messene on mission to prove his worth for shot at Doncaster Mile

David Polkinghorne Messene trainer Michael Hawkes says the listed National Sprint field ''have every right'' to be worried about him.


Super Sunday: $9m in bets for Black Opal Stakes day

Track work

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing hopes Black Opal Stakes day can go to another level, writes David Polkinghorne.


Rain or shine, El Roca to race at Warwick Farm or Thoroughbred Park

David Polkinghorne Trent Busuttin will run El Roca in the Canberra Guineas on Sunday if Warwick Farm is too wet on Saturday.


Joe Cleary tips General Explorer to find his way to Canberra Cup line

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary is considering sending General Explorer to the $200,000 Canberra Cup.


Caroline Buchanan bemoans lack of Olympic-level track

Caroline Buchanan.

David Polkinghorne Canberra is home to BMX world champion Caroline Buchanan, but not to an Olympic-standard BMX track.


Trainer hopes Just a Blur will follow earlier path of Ain't Seen Nothin'

David Polkinghorne Barbara Joseph hopes the Canberra Guineas will be the start of Just A Blur following a famous path.


Duane Hall sets up Wests UC win over North Canberra Gungahlin with six-wicket cameo

David Polkinghorne Wests UC swing bowler Duane Hall broke the backbone of North Canberra Gungahlin's batting line-up.


Canberra's Tom Rogic part of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou's new golden generation vision

Tom Rogic.

David Polkinghorne Canberra young gun Tom Rogic is part of Ange Postecoglou's vision of a new golden generation.


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.


US pair Garlon Green and Matt Staff join Canberra Gunners

Canberra Gunners

David Polkinghorne Slam dunking runs in the family for Gunners recruit Garlon Green.


Kurt Goldman and Court Connection have high hopes for Canberra Cup

Canberra Centenary Cup.

David Polkinghorne Trainer Kurt Goldman has the $200,000 Canberra Cup in mind for last year's winner Court Connection.


Matildas look to fake turf for World Cup edge

David Polkinghorne Canberra United goalkeeper and player of the year Lydia Williams thinks it's bizarre they will be playing next year's World Cup on synthetic pitches in Canada, but the installation of a new...


Win has Klammer on target for Black Opal

Sport  Jockey Josh Parr on Klammer, right, all smiles after winning the Lightning Ridge Plate at Thoroughbred Park. 23 February 2014. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne Klammer's connections think Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) is a big deal.