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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Trainer Joe Cleary has high hopes for Quietly Brilliant

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

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.


Canberra to host big night

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


Quietly Brilliant set for Black Opal after stunning debut at Canberra

Sport. Race 1 at Thoroughbred Park, the 2 year old maiden plate, over
1000 metres. An easy winner, the Joe Cleary trained, Quietly
Brilliant, ridden by Nick Souquet . November 29th 2013 Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.


David Polkinghorne Quietly Brilliant's emphatic debut win was nothing new for breeder-owner Jeff Izzard - he'd seen it all before in a dream.


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.


Macho display leaves Wiggins facing the naked truth

Robyn Freeman- Key on Brasileiro Macho charges down the straight to win the Benchmark 50 Handicap at Queanbeyan Racecourse.

David Polkinghorne A PROMISED ''nudie run'' was the only concern for Canberra trainer Peter Wiggins after Brasileiro Macho saluted at long odds in the last race at Queanbeyan on Saturday.

Black Opal Stakes Day

Photo-finish caused an outcry

David Polkinghorne Paul Walshe still remembers the very first Black Opal Stakes in 1973 - and its earthquake-fuelled controversy.


Payne's colt fulfils Slipper criteria with Opal win

News. Black Opal Stakes.  Trainer David Payne chats with jockey Glyn Schofield who rode Criterion to win the Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.   10th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne David Payne wants to be the first trainer since Frank Cleary to pull off the Black Opal-Golden Slipper double.


Black Opal's turn to race - for a status prize

Black Opal Stakes.

David Polkinghorne After a stunning Super Sunday, Canberra Racing looking to have Black Oval Stakes upgraded.


Criterion has ability for Opal-Slipper double, says Cleary

News: Frank Cleary is the only trainer to have won the Black Opal and Golden Slipper Stakes. 4th of April. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths


David Polkinghorne Catbird is the only horse in 40 years of racing to win the Black Opal-Golden Slipper double, but it took just one night of partying to lose the trophy for the world's richest two-year-old race.

Thoroughbred Park still years away from a group race

David Polkinghorne Thoroughbred Park is at least three years away from having one of its four Super Sunday features upgraded to a group 3 race, with the Canberra Guineas the most likely of the Black Opal Stakes Day...


Joseph triumphs on Super Sunday

Celebrations for Canberra trainer, Barbara Joseph, and her co-trainer son, Paul Jones, after Fill The Page won the Canberra Cup.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Barbara Joseph ended a 37-year drought and kept the Canberra Cup in the ACT on a stunning Super Sunday at Thoroughbred Park yesterday.