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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Injury ends Coliseo's Melbourne Cup hopes

1 April 2011, sport, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Coliseo, ridden by Mathew Cahill, re-enters the mounting yard after winning the Barlens Maiden Plate at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.  SPECIAL 1

David Polkinghorne A troublesome abscess has ended Coliseo's Melbourne Cup campaign before it had even begun.


Rising apprentice jockey Kayla Nisbet looks on the bright side

David Polkinghorne Thirteen was an unlucky number for Kayla Nisbet, but the Canberra jockey says the past year has set her up to kick on this term.


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.


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.

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.


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.


Subzero steals Hall of Fame show at National Gallery

SPORT: Subzero attends the Racing hall of fame presentation night at the National Gallery of Australia, .Canberra . 9th March 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne On Canberra racing's biggest day, it was Subzero who stole the show.


Kerrin McEvoy's great ride clinches Walter's second Canberra Cup

SPORT: Black Opal day at Thoroughbred Park, Canberra. Jockey Kerrin McEvoy winner of the Canberra Cup with horse Jacquinot Bay. . 9th March 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Top Sydney hoop Kerrin McEvoy has won it all - and now he's ticked off the $200,000 Canberra Cup.


Hayes backs Nisbet to shine

David Polkinghorne In the toughest game, Kayla Nisbet is making her mark, writes David Polkinghorne.


Big-time days itch forever

Pictured is The Barbara Joseph trained Caulfield Cup hopeful,  Aint Seen Nothin, at trackwork in Canberra this morning being ridden by regular track rider Luke Pepper.  Barbara Joseph leads the mare  from the track..   Picture by Pat Scala pds Tuesday the 16th of September 2003.   Age Sport Canberra.  SPECIALX HORSES

David Polkinghorne Bombala's race rack is a far cry from Caulfield and its cup, but Canberra trainer Barbara Joseph still has ''that magical dream'' of getting a horse in one of Australia's holy trilogy of racing.


Trainer takes comfort from Polanski victory

Gratz Vella.

David Polkinghorne Polanski's Derby victory reignited Gratz Vella's hopes his next big-race horse is just around the corner.


Berry sings Nisbet's praises

Kayla Nisbet

David Polkinghorne Sydney jockey Tommy Berry has backed Kayla Nisbet to ride in a future Melbourne Cup.

Know Your Nags

Williams will have his work cut out


David Polkinghorne If you listen to some of the international trainers whinge, then it should be renamed The Lloyd Williams Cup.

Williams will have his work cut out

David Polkinghorne If you listen to some of the international trainers whinge, you would think it was The Lloyd Williams Cup.


Commanding performance makes for nervous wait

Jockey Kathy O'Hara (#9) rides Quidnunc to victory during Race 8
of the McGrath Estate Agents Nivision at Royal Randwick Racecourse, 
Sydney, Saturday, October 20, 2012. (SHD SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas

David Polkinghorne There were 10 seconds of joy followed by nearly three minutes of ''nervous wondering'' for Nick Olive after Capital Commander crossed the line at Randwick on Saturday.


Flemington steals the show

David Polkinghorne David Polkinghorne let's you know where the smart money is on Victoria Derby day.


Jones on the lookout for Flemington luck

Paul Jones

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Paul Jones will join the Melbourne Cup party when his horse Onthelookout runs in race nine at Flemington on Tuesday.


Dual Command all guts in second win

Dual Command

David Polkinghorne Peter Wiggins's Melbourne Cup celebrations started early when Dual Command saluted in Canberra's event leading into the race that stops the nation.


Dale backs Gladius to shine on Flemington's big stage

08 March 2011, News, Canberra Times photo by Andrew Sheargold. BLACK OPAL. pic of ACT Government MLA Mary Porter with her horse Notjustaprettyface and trainer Matthew Dale at thoroughbred park today. SPECIAL 000

David Polkinghorne As a happily married father of one, Matthew Dale will have eyes for only one filly at ladies' day at Flemington today.


Capital comes out to play for Cup

Andreas Preiner

David Polkinghorne It's called the race that stops the nation for a reason and the Canberra racing industry predictably shut down for a couple of minutes for the Melbourne Cup.