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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Black Opal-winning bunch back together with Mixed Blossom

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.

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.

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...

Cricket

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.

Australia and South Africa won't want to meet in quarter-finals: Shaun Pollock

Shaun Pollock talks to the media during a South Africa nets session at Manuka Oval on Monday.

David Polkinghorne Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock believes both Australia and South Africa will want to avoid each other in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals.

Matthew Dale predicts Canberra Guineas could follow Black Opal Stakes to group level

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Matthew Dale thinks the listed Canberra Guineas has become strong enough to follow the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes to group status.

Shoot-out between World Cup's fastest run scorers a real chance, says Shaun Pollock

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27:  AB de Villiers of South Africa bats during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and the West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground on February 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne Big hitters to light up Manuka Oval and Shaun Pollock thinks records may be broken again.

Tegan Molloy finishes second in Oceania downhill mountain bike champs

Tegan Molloy enjoyed success on Sunday in Toowoomba.

David Polkinghorne Jindabyne mountain biker Tegan Molloy has finished second in the women's elite downhill on Sunday.

Cricket

ACT Comets name Henry Hunt to make his Futures League debut

David Polkinghorne Canberra cricket legend Peter Solway played a massive role in the Comets past, now coach Mark Higgs is hoping he has played a role in shaping their future as well.

Adam Gilchrist backs AB de Villiers to beat his fastest ODI century at Manuka Oval

AB de Villiers of South Africa.

David Polkinghorne Exit Cyclone Gayle, enter AB de Villiers. Australian legend Adam Gilchrist thinks the South African captain is the world's most valuable cricketer and is capable of breaking his own record for the...

Chris Gayle labels Manuka Oval a happy hunting ground after 'best ever' innings

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle.

David Polkinghorne Chris Gayle thinks Manuka Oval is a "good hunting ground" in the aftermath of his record-breaking 215, an innings he calls his best ever.

West Indies Chris Gayle sets record World Cup score with 215 in big win against Zimbabwe

Chris Gayle of West Indies.

David Polkinghorne Chris Gayle has made the highest ever score at the cricket World Cup, belting 215 before being caught out on the final ball of the innings.

Glenn McGrath hunting furore 'blown out of proportion': Hamilton Masakadza

Glenn McGrath posing with dead wildlife.

David Polkinghorne Zimbabwe top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza thinks the furor surrounding Glenn McGrath's hunting trip has been "blown out of proportion", stating big-game hunting in his native country is used...