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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Racing

Street Spirit fades in the snow as Baabulu salutes at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park

David Polkinghorne Street Spirit might love the wet, but the jury is still out on whether she can handle the snow after fading under the weight in the final furlong at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

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Distance may trouble Rose Of Falvelon in Sydney

David Polkinghorne Unlike her half-sister Pray To God, Rose Of Falvelon has never been a picnic horse.

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Throat operation breathes new life into Diamond To Pegasus

Michael Travers on Diamond To Pegasus in October 2012.

David Polkinghorne Diamond To Pegasus is no longer a roarer, but a throat operation has not stopped him roaring for Queanbeyan trainer Tony Sergi.

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Matthew Dale has two winners at Canberra with Karakuchi and Coco Miss

Jay Ford and Coca Miss win on Friday.

David Polkinghorne All roads lead to Sydney for Canberra trainer Matthew Dale's  three successful girls.

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Laurie's Love in line for horse of the year

David Polkinghorne Laurie's Lover has confirmed the belief shown in him by Queanbeyan trainer Mike Petrovic and could go on to become Canberra's horse of the year in 2014.

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Trainer Matthew Dale gets an early return from breeding prospect Coco Miss

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne It was Coco Miss' breeding that caught Canberra trainer Matthew Dale's eye.

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Thoroughbred Park back on track after surface renovation

David Polkinghorne Two senior jockeys will rate Thoroughbred Park's grass track on Tuesday after Canberra Racing officials gave it the green light to host its eight-race meeting next Friday.

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Nick Olive favourite to win back-to-back Canberra trainers' titles

Canberra trainer Nick Olive, centre.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's leading trainer Nick Olive says the past two months have been some of his toughest.

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Warwick Farm trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht relieved Wendy Walter will stand down

Jake Pracey-Holmes with Mrs Wallace after their win in the benchmark 65 handicap at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

David Polkinghorne Trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht says it is a relief Wendy Walter has decided to give the racing game away.

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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.

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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.

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Lucky Raquie may hold key to upgrade for Black Opal Stakes

Jockey Glyn Schofield  winner of the Black Opal with horse Lucky Raquie.

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs hopes a Lucky Raquie placing in the Champagne Stakes will get Black Opal upgraded.

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Canberra trainer Matthew Dale undecided on Jacinta and the Sunline Stakes

Trainer Matthew Dale  with Notjustaprettyface.

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

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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...

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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...

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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.

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National Sprint winner Messene set for Doncaster Mile

SPORT: Black Opal day at Thoroughbred Park, Canberra. Jockey James McDonald winner of the National Sprint with horse Messene  . . 9th March 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne Trainer Wayne Hawkes thinks Canberra might have witnessed this year's Doncaster Mile winner.

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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.

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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.