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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

NZ PGA champion Matt Millar confident of backing up in NZ Open

David Polkinghorne Canberra golfer Matthew Millar admits winning on tour is something he's not used to, but the 38-year-old is confident he can continue his purple patch and win back-to-back titles when he tees off in...

Netball Australia reforms could open door for Canberra ANZ Championship team

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Sharni Layton (centre) from the NSW Swifts play the Mojo Pulse at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park on February 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Fiona Morris/Fairfax Media)

David Polkinghorne Netball Australia's proposed reforms of the Australian Netball League could lay the groundwork for a Canberra team to enter the ANZ Championship in the future.

Goulburn jockey Richard Bensley escapes serious injury in Queanbeyan barrier stall mishap

Richard Bensley.

David Polkinghorne Goulburn jockey Richard Bensley has escaped from a nasty barrier incident with a corked biceps and soft tissue injuries and plans to ride at Wagga Wagga on Sunday.

Black Opal Stakes lived up to group 3 status, says Canberra Racing CEO Peter Stubbs

March 8 2015.

Takedown wins the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park.

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford.

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes lived up to its elevation to group 3 level, but said another year was needed before he knew whether the move to two...

Brendan Ward rides treble, while Richard Bensley falls at Queanbeyan

Sport.  Race 4 at Queanbeyan Racing Club.  Jockey Brendan Ward after winning Race 4 on Basilus.  9 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne It's a fine line between the highs and lows of a jockey - Canberra hoop Brendan Ward was riding his third winner of the day as his colleague Richard Bensley sat in an ambulance after being thrown off...

Matthew Dale aiming three runners for Country Championships

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne After a Super Sunday, Matthew Dale is now aiming for a super Country Championships .

Gary Moore wins Black Opal Stakes on his birthday with Takedown

Jockey Jay Ford and Takedown after winning the Black Opal Stakes.

David Polkinghorne For Takedown's jockey Jay Ford, winning the group 3 Black Opal Stakes on Sunday felt like a home-town salute.

Matthew Dale wins three races on Black Opal Stakes Day, including Rom Baro's gutsy Canberra Guineas win

Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Matthew Dale won three races - including the Canberra Guineas - on a remarkable Sunday.

Peter Moody's Sir John Hawkwood favourite in Canberra Cup

Peter Moody thinks he has the horse to win the Canberra Cup with Sir John Hawkwood.

David Polkinghorne Former Black Caviar trainer Peter Moody thinks Sir John Hawkwood will be his first runner in the Canberra Cup and could be his first ever runner at Thoroughbred Park.

Kathy O'Hara to ride Single Gaze in Black Opal, citing 'miscommunication' with Nick Olive

David Polkinghorne Australia's top female jockey Kathy O'Hara is glad her "massive miscommunication" with Nick Olive is behind her so she can come "rattling home" on Single Gaze, Canberra's $4.

Black Opal-winning bunch back together with Mixed Blossom

Canberra trainer Gratz Vella, owner Glenis Trevaskis and jockey  Richard Bensley, together again for a shot at a second Black Opal.

David Polkinghorne Owner Glenis Trevaskis saw something special in Mixed Blossom as a foal, now she's got the band back together for a shot at a second Black Opal.

National Sprint weights prompt Canberra trainers to call for rule change

Laser Hawk

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainers have called for Australian racing authorities to look at the weights rules relating to group and listed races after the National Sprint effectively became a set weights race for...

Canberra trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze ready for Black Opal Stakes

Canberra trainer Nick Olive with Black Opal favourite Single Gaze.

David Polkinghorne A six-year-old Nick Olive stood pressed up against the Thoroughbred Park fence, watching the Black Opal Stakes field thunder past and from that moment he was hooked.

Jockey Jay Ford picks Rom Baro over American Time in Canberra Guineas

Blake Shinn had a difficult decision to make in the Canberra Guineas.

David Polkinghorne If it wasn't for Rom Baro's record-breaking win last start, jockey Jay Ford admits he wouldn't know which horse to ride in the listed Canberra Guineas at Canberra on Sunday.

Turf war erupts over Black Opal Stakes entries

Jockeys, trainers and certain racing officials are banned from betting on race day.

David Polkinghorne A turf war has erupted over two-year-olds with the Australian Turf Club admitting they call trainers to lure horses if their nominations are low.

Frank Cleary predicts Black Opal-Golden Slipper double will happen again

Just a Blur and Chasing Charlie completes early morning track work at Thouroughbred Park.

David Polkinghorne When Queanbeyan legend Frank Cleary bought Catbird there was a Canberra Times article predicting it would become the first horse to win the Black Opal-Golden Slipper double and he feels...


Record scores, sixes and a double century highlight Canberra's cricket World Cup contribution

Chris Gayle's double century was one of the highlights of the cricket World Cup games at Manuka Oval.

Lee Gaskin and David Polkinghorne Record scores, monster sixes and a historic double century were among the highlights of Canberra's involvement in the Cricket World Cup.

South Africa victory over Ireland marred by Imran Tahir's run-in with Manuka Oval crowd

South Africa bowler Imran Tahir had a run-in with a spectator at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne South Africa captain AB de Villiers says he's been confident for the last year his side is capable of winning the Cricket World Cup, but the massive 201-run win over Ireland was marred by spinner...

Chief Minister Andrew Barr hails super summer of sport a success

David Polkinghorne and Lee Gaskin Disappointing Manuka Oval crowd gives soccer the edge over cricket.

Silver Slipper place-getter Voilier leading early Black Opal Stakes nominations

 Tye Angland rides Voilier.

David Polkinghorne Voilier has gone from being the horse no one wants to a highly sought after one and the two-year-old looks set for Canberra's  Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.