Matthew Dale


Canberra trainer Matthew Dale undecided on Jacinta and the Sunline Stakes

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Matthew Dale is leaning towards taking Jacinta to Sandown on Saturday.


Al Ahmar wins back-to-back Gundagai Cups

David Polkinghorne Al Ahmar goes back-to-back at Gundagai, but trainers' thoughts with Nathan Berry's family.

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.


Cleary hopes Rustle Of Silk will end city drought

Queanbeyan trainer Frank Cleary.

Alexandra Patrikios Frank Cleary has high hopes for Rustle Of Silk.


Meticulously not certain to run in Canberra Guineas despite preview win

David Polkinghorne Meticulously has earned a spot in the listed Canberra Guineas (1400 metres), but is looking for more ground.


Dale hopes change of gear can bring change of luck for Unanimously

SPORT ,The Form Horse racing at Rosehill 9.6.12
winner Censor (Kim blinkers)
ridden by Nathan Berry
race start

Amy McIlrick Canberra trainer Matthew Dale is hoping a change in gear will help seasoned galloper Unanimously race better in Saturday's Tattersalls Club Lightning Handicap at Randwick.


Chief does his best to lift Olive's spirits after loss of stable favourite

David Polkinghorne YOU don't get long to mourn a horse in the racing game with the next day bringing more trackwork and more races.


Drain to Sydney stables not a sign of health of Canberra

Queanbeyan Age. 6-1-12. Karuta Queen is unlikely to challenge in next month?s $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Paul Rovere

David Polkinghorne Canberra's top trainers have allayed fears a recent trend of owners switching their horses to Sydney trainers was a concern for ACT racing and was just ''part and parcel'' of the industry.


Ward's winning spree shows who's boss of the park

Jared Dorrington Past The Post

Jared Dorrington Brendan Ward showed why he is the defending Canberra jockeys' title-holder at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.


Canberra to host big night

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


General just fails to salute in tight finish

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Keith Dryden was confident that with a bit of luck General Jay Dee would have won at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.


Canberra sprinter serves up goods in Wagga Plate


Matt Malone Talented Canberra sprinter Unanimously recaptured his best form to claim a runaway victory in the $80,000 Wagga Town Plate.


Fill The Page must fire or retire: Jones


News:?Track work in the leadup to Black Opal Stakes Day, Breakfast with the Stars. Horse 'Fill the Page' with jockey Ruhal Talukdar. 5th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths


David Polkinghorne Canberra Cup winner Fill The Page has three more runs to prove she still wants to race or she'll be put up for sale as a broodmare.


Miss Ta Ta eyes city

Sport,   Michael Travers on Miss Ta Ta gets out ahead of the field to win the Benchmark 65 Handicap at Thoroughbred Park.  24 May 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Goulburn trainer Mark Gee is set to make his city debut after Miss Ta Ta made it back-to-back wins.


Astronomer turns star

David Polkinghorne Astronomer put his controversial past behind him with his second straight win at Queanbeyan on Friday.


Rose blooms for record

Sport.  Brendan Ward on Rose of Falvelon wins the Benchmark 65 handicap at Thoroughbred Park and also broke the track record.  7 June 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Nick Olive breathed a sigh of relief when he saw Rose Of Falvelon's winning time at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.


Age is no barrier for Sweeney

30 June 2011 SPORT Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by James Buckley. Canberra jockey Kevin Sweeney at Thoroughbred Park. The metal barriers and their supports are to be replaced with safer plastic ones. SPECIAL 111

David Polkinghorne At an age when most jockeys have long retired, 58-year-old Kevin Sweeney is on the verge of winning his third Canberra jockey premiership today.

Horse Racing

Sprints open for Atomic

Making a bang: Newcastle trainer Darren Smith with Atomic Force, who runs at Moonee Valley today.

Andrew Eddy New South Wales trainers sometimes delight in winter misery of Victorian counterparts.


Owners, jockey charged in Astronomer betting inquiry

Chris Roots Racing NSW stewards have charged two owners with laying their own horse to lose on Betfair and a jockey with not allowing it to run on its merits in a maiden at Goulburn on June 16.


Lebrechaun leads field for 'special' home race

december 2,   2011.  THE CANBERRA   TIMES.    SPORT.    POLKY. 
Apprentice jockey Amy Vandersanden and 6 yr old MATTHEW DALE TRAINED

David Polkinghorne With a throat operation and atrial fibrillation behind him, Lebrechaun is ready for the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup at Thoroughbred Park today.