David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne


Gerald Ryan hopes Lucky Raquie and Klammer can help Black Opal get group status

David Polkinghorne Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan thinks Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) deserves to be a group 3 race and hopes his winner Lucky Raquie and third-placegetter Klammer can help return...


Trainer Gerald Ryan sets Lucky Raquie for Black Opal's cause

David Polkinghorne Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan thinks Canberra’s $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) deserves to be a group 3 race and hopes his winner Lucky Raquie and third-placegetter Klammer can help return...


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.


Glyn Schofield caps off perfect weekend for family with Black Opal success

Glyn Schofield

David Polkinghorne Glyn Schofield is making a habit of winning the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes after he became the first jockey to win back-to-back Opals since Mick Dittman in 1989.


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.

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.


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.

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.


Trainer Joe Cleary has high hopes for Quietly Brilliant

Trainer Joe Cleary with Queanbeyan Guineas hopeful Uncle Chuckie. Photo: Andrew Johnston

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary is dreaming about getting the family name back up on the Black Opal Stakes honour board.


Black Opal denied status upgrade

SPORT the form , Horse racing at Warwick Farm25.8.12
race 6
winner Pinwheel
trainedby Peter Snowden pictured

David Polkinghorne The decision not to upgrade the status of Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes has been slammed by a leading trainer.


Canberra to host big night

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing has landed a big ''feather in their cap'' - the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.


Win boosts Black Opal

Channel Seven Brisbane racing carnival. The Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, QLD, May 25, 2013. Kerrin McEvoy riding on Epaulette wins during race 8, the Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000.
Photo: Tertius Pickard.

David Polkinghorne There's a rising chorus for Canberra's Black Opal Stakes to be elevated to group 3 status.


Canberra club backs photo finish process

Rules Point on the far side, ridden by Jeff Penza, edges out Bel Edition, ridden by Grant Buckley, by a nose at Canberra' Thoroughbred Park. Originally judge Sean Farrar had ruled it a dead heat before stewards overruled the decision.

David Polkinghorne The Canberra Racing Club has backed its finishing-post technology as the best in the country after a dead-heat ruling was overturned by stewards at last Friday's meet.


Layt stakes his claim

Kevin Sweeney.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Neville Layt is hopeful Red Excitement can help fill the hole left in his stable by Karuta Queen.


Assail's owners eye Gold Coast riches

David Polkinghorne An already big day just got even bigger for Canberra duo Igor Brkic and Kevin Matthews.


Belmore Bird soars past rivals to victory

Sport.  Kevin Sweeney riding Belmore Bird powers down the stragiht to win Race 1 Class 1 Handicap at Queanbeyan Racecourse.  26 December 2012     Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne With 11 grandchildren to keep happy, Belmore Bird's easy win at Queanbeyan on Wednesday couldn't have come at a better time.


Club wants upgrade for Black Opal

2 June 2011, news, story by James Buckley, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs at Thoroughbred Park in Mitchell. SPECIAL 1

David Polkinghorne Attracting another top-notch field for this year's Black Opal will be crucial to the return of group racing to Canberra, says Thoroughbred Park chief executive Peter Stubbs.


Assail up for tilt at Slipper, says Conners

Doomben, Brisbane, QLD. 19 May 2012. The Kirks Doomben Cup.
Trainer Clarry Connors after his horse Invest won race 5, the Hidden Dragon the Roses.
Photo:Tertius Pickard.

David Polkinghorne Trainer Clarry Conners says Assail is still a chance of jumping in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill in April, but the daughter of Redoute's Choice is no chance of running in next month's...

Hore racing

Horse trio a coup for Canberra Centenary Cup

Jockey Jim Cassidy riding Maluckyday wins Race Two The Lexus Stakes during Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on October 30, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne The Canberra Centenary Cup could overshadow it's younger, flashier sibling, the Black Opal Stakes.