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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Senior Canberra racing identities Keith Dryden and Kevin Sweeney part ways

David Polkinghorne After 12 years as a team, Canberra's most senior trainer-jockey partnership has come to an end with Keith Dryden  and hoop Kevin Sweeney parting ways.

Snake Gully loss set Without A Shadow on NSW Country Championships path

Sport.  Trainer Nick Olive with Single Gaze ready to race in the Magic Millions.  31 December 2014.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Will Canberra bring home the inaugural NSW Country Championship?

Canberra still a chance of four runners in NSW Country Championships at Randwick

Paul Jones and Barbara Joseph.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Steven O'Brien says the ACT's representation at the $300,00 NSW Country Championships at Randwick on Saturday shows how strong racing is in the region and justifies the $50,000...


Belconnen Bandits upset Ainslie-Gungahlin Bears to win ACT Baseball crown

SPORT: These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Tim Beard and Hayden Beard who play for the Bandits and Lee Mills, Reece Mills and Trent Mills who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final. 26th March 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Is the minor premiership a poisoned chalice?

Canberra para-cyclist Sue Powell claims back-to-back world crowns

sue powell

David Polkinghorne Evergreen Sue Powell is once again champion of the world, but the Canberra para-cyclist knows her competition is "coming to get her".

Water polo

Water Polo ACT could be homeless with Civic pool closure

sport. 28th March 2015.  ACT Water Polo Champions. ACT first Grade women's teams Nordek vs Vikings. (from left) Vikings player Karen Penney, and Nordek player Mel Taylor.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

David Polkinghorne Dual Olympian John Fox says Water Polo ACT could be homeless following the expected closure of the Civic pool.

Canberra breeder Bernie Howlett takes trifecta with Brazen Beau

David Polkinghorne A group 1 jockey, a group 1 trainer and now Bernie Howlett is a group 1 breeder. He could also have Australia's next sprinting star frolicking about in his paddocks on the outskirts of Canberra soon.

Claire Falls' vision to expand FEVER after saving Pararoos

Canberra's Claire Falls, 12, has become a campaigner for inclusive sport.

David Polkinghorne She helped save the Pararoos, now Canberra schoolgirl Claire Falls wants to make soccer more inclusive.

Three Mills and Beard brothers in Ainslie-Gungahlin Bears - Belconnen Bandits ACT Baseball decider

These two sets of three brothers from left, Simon Beard, Hayden Beard and Tim Beard who play for the Bandits and Trent Mills, Lee Mills and Reece Mills  who play for the Bears will be playing in opposite sides in the local baseball grand final.

David Polkinghorne Narrabundah Ballpark will resemble the set of ''Family Feud'' with three brothers from the Mills and Beard families squaring up in the ACT Baseball first-grade grand final series, which starts on...

Capital Football investigating pre-season brawl

Capital football logo

David Polkinghorne Capital Football will investigate allegations a spectator was involved in a brawl during a pre-season trial and has vowed any punishment handed out will be just as strong as if it was a regular...

Joseph and Jones taking on NSW Country Champs wildcard at Muswellbrook

Trainer Paul Jones.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones already have one runner in the $300,000 NSW Country Championships (1400 metres), now they want another.

Michael Matthews finishes third at Milan-San Remo, vows to return to win it

Michael Matthews.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews is disappointed he finished third in the prestigious Milan-San Remo, but is determined to come back next year and win it.

Robbie McEwen predicts Michael Matthews to challenge Peter Sagan for Tour green jersey

David Polkinghorne Matthews finishes third in prestigious Milan-San Remo.

Darren Richards' unbeaten century gives Wests a sniff against Weston Creek in Douglas Cup final

Sport. Cricket final at Kippax Oval between Wests/UC and Weston Creek/Molonglo at Kippax Oval. Wests players search for a wicket taking strategy.
 March 21st 2015 The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

David Polkinghorne A "cavalier" century from "old stager"  Darren Richards has given Western Districts UC a slim chance of pinching an unlikely win in the Douglas Cup final at Kippax Oval on Sunday.

Golden Slipper lures Nick Olive's gaze towards Sydney

Golden Slipper runner, Single Gaze, with local owners Manny Notaras,
Richard Keeley and Philip Kouvelis.

David Polkinghorne Being part of the $3.5 million Golden Slipper has lit a fuse in Canberra trainer Nick Olive to one day test himself in the big races in Sydney  "week-in, week-out".

Trainer Matthew Dale confident NSW Country Championships winner will come from Goulburn

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Matthew Dale thinks there is a "big chance" the winner of the inaugural NSW Country Championships will come out of the Goulburn qualifier on Friday.

Canberra's country boys take on sheikh with Single Gaze in Golden Slipper Stakes

Single Gaze at his Thoroughbred Park stables with local owners Manny Notaras, Richard Keeley and Philip Kouvelis.

David Polkinghorne Once in a lifetime opportunity to win the $3.5 million Golden Slipper.

Single Gaze draws wide Golden Slipper barrier, Kathy O'Hara confirmed as jockey


David Polkinghorne The trainer for the world's biggest stable convinced the owners of Single Gaze they should pay up the $150,000 late entry fee and have a crack at the world's richest race for two-year-olds, the $3.

Nick Olive nominates Single Gaze for $3.5m Golden Slipper

single gaze

David Polkinghorne At first glance, Nick Olive thought the owners of Single Gaze were drunk when he read the text message about entering the  boom filly in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200 metres).

Canberra's Jackson Frew picked for downhill mountain bike world championships

Canberra Mountain Bikers Jackson Frew.

David Polkinghorne Jackson Frew was a BMX bandit who'd been to three world championships before he was 10-years-old, now the Canberran is off to his first mountain bike one after a friend got him hooked on the slopes...