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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


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.


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.


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.


Trainers make most of their lucky day

Winner of the  The Delegate Hotel Maiden Plate (1300 metres) Just a Blur ridden by jockey Carl Spry.

David Polkinghorne One lucky raffle ticket sparked off a chain of positive events for Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones on Friday.


McIlrick puts colt's form in perspective

David Polkinghorne Trainer Trevor McIlrick says the record of his three-year-old Got The Goss speaks for itself.


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.


Lebrechaun gets lucky in photo finish

31 August 2012, Sport, David Polkinghorne, The Canberra Times, Photo Jay Cronan. Winner of the ACT TAB Tony Campbell Memorial Cup was Lebrechaun ridden by jockey Lester Grace (closest pink and blue) in a photo finish with Party Dress in second place ridden by Brendan Ward and Trescorpioni in third ridden by James P Innes.

David Polkinghorne Two photos, a winner by a nose and the hint of a protest - Tony Campbell would have been smiling after the race run in his honour at Thoroughbred Park yesterday.


Assail's owners eye Gold Coast riches

David Polkinghorne An already big day just got even bigger for Canberra duo Igor Brkic and Kevin Matthews.


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.


Kulic dresses up for Muchacho's big chance

Horse racing

David Polkinghorne Kerri Kulic went dress shopping in preparation for her and Muchacho's Sydney debuts.


Layt keeps eye on Queen

SPORT - Trainer Neville Layt  at Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell  . Canberra                                                                                  8th  February  2013.                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by, Colleen Petch of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne It might be out with the old and in with the new, but Karuta Queen's former trainer and jockey will still find a TV when she races in the listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000 metres) at Flemington on...


Mega track to light up the night

Harness race

David Polkinghorne The creation of a ''mega track'' in Canberra could lead to night racing in the nation's capital.


Win boosts Black Opal

Channel Seven Brisbane racing carnival. The Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, QLD, May 25, 2013. Kerrin McEvoy riding on Epaulette wins during race 8, the Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000.
Photo: Tertius Pickard.

David Polkinghorne There's a rising chorus for Canberra's Black Opal Stakes to be elevated to group 3 status.


Singo seeks a matching Opal

David Polkinghorne CANBERRA's Black Opal Stakes holds a special place in John Singleton's heart.

Queen of Canberra under the hammer

Queanbeyan Age. 6-1-12. Performers of 2011. Karuta Queen. Photo by Paul Rovere

David Polkinghorne Karuta Queen's sensational victory in the Magic Millions captured the imagination of Canberra at the same time supermare Black Caviar's record-breaking winning streak was starting to capture the...


Deja vu as Caviar follows Target

Black Caviar

David Polkinghorne IF YOU had a sense of deja vu when Australia's supermare Black Caviar flew to England, it's because she's following in the hoofsteps of Queanbeyan's greatest ever racehorse, Takeover Target.


Red can bring a tear to Smith's eye

David Polkinghorne Stem-cell treatment, mutating tendons and years of injury means if Red Captive salutes at Queanbeyan today, his trainer Mick Smith will probably cry.