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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Racing

Canberra horses allowed into $300,000 NSW Country Championships

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing will avoid loss of talented horses from nation's capital, says trainer Nick Olive.

Racing

Trainer Nick Olive makes Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day his own

Nat King Cu.

David Polkinghorne It was the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day, but you could be excused for thinking it was Nick Olive✓ Day at Thoroughbred Park on Friday, when the Canberra trainer cleaned up.

Racing

Black Opal Stakes upgraded to group 3 status

Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says:

David Polkinghorne And could become stepping stone to the $3.5m Golden Slipper Stakes.

Racing

Former Canberra jockey Ray Silburn hopes to leave hospital on Friday

David Polkinghorne When you have no feeling below your neck, a burst appendix becomes even more deadly than usual.

Racing

Queanbeyan trainer Garry Clarke hoping for black-type success with Oh So Adorable

Oh So Adorable, being ridden here by Richard Bensley, looks to have a bright future.

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan trainer Garry Clarke hopes Oh So Adorable's first-up second at Randwick is the sign of things to come.

Racing

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.

Racing

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

Baabulu.

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.

Racing

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.

Racing

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.

Racing

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.

Racing

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.

Racing

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.

Racing

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.

Racing

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.

Canberra sport

Alex McKinnon's spinal injury strikes a chord with Canberra athletes Ray Silburn and Paul Crake

Former jockey Ray Silburn at his home in Flynn in front photos of some of his winning rides.

David Polkinghorne For six months, Ray Silburn had one goal in mind - to hug his two sons, Aron and Joel.

Racing

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.

Racing

Canberra trainers take on town-hall company at Randwick

Boom young jockey Winona Costin.

David Polkinghorne Apprentice jockey Winona Costin holds the fate of I Am Snippety and Oh So Adorable in her hands.

Racing

Canberra's Neil Osborne blasts Randwick track after death of I Am Snippety

Neil Osborne

David Polkinghorne It was meant to be the heralded start of Sydney's new jewel, The Championships, but Canberra trainer Neil Osborne said the Randwick track "wasn't fit for a pig" after emerging star I Am Snippety was...

Racing

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.

Racing

Joseph heads for the coast hoping to have a day out in Sydney

11 March 2012 NEWS Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by David Polkinghorne The Black Opal Stakes race day at Thoroughbred Park. Celebrations for Canberra trainer, Barbara Joseph, and her co-trainer son, Paul Jones, after Fill The Page won the Canberra Cup.

David Polkinghorne One of the advantages of being in a training partnership is that when one trainer is on holidays, the other can look after the horses.