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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Canberra racing industry concerned over ACTTAB sale

David Polkinghorne Canberra's racing industry is seeking urgent discussions with the ACT government over the ACTTAB sale.


Super Sunday: $9m in bets for Black Opal Stakes day

Track work

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing hopes Black Opal Stakes day can go to another level, writes David Polkinghorne.

Canberra Cup

Jacquinot Bay gives Guy Walter chance to end Canberra Cup drought

Guy Walter

David Polkinghorne Trainer Guy Walter is surprised his Jacquinot Bay is the favourite for this year's Canberra Cup.

Canberra Guineas

Field wide open after El Roca scratched from Canberra Guineas

El Roca.

David Polkinghorne El Roca's scratching has thrown the listed Canberra Guineas wide open.


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.

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.

Cahill handed 12-month ban for race fixing

Jockey Mathew Cahill.

David Polkinghorne Top country jockey Mathew Cahill has been suspended for 12 months for conspiring to fix a race while aboard Canberra horse Astronomer at Goulburn in June.


Qbn Cup off to a slow start

Queanbeyan Cup

David Polkinghorne A lack of numbers has forced Queanbeyan Cup (2000 metres) nominations to remain open until 11am today with only 11 of 14 spots taken by yesterday's deadline.


Dale backs Gladius to shine on Flemington's big stage

08 March 2011, News, Canberra Times photo by Andrew Sheargold. BLACK OPAL. pic of ACT Government MLA Mary Porter with her horse Notjustaprettyface and trainer Matthew Dale at thoroughbred park today. SPECIAL 000

David Polkinghorne As a happily married father of one, Matthew Dale will have eyes for only one filly at ladies' day at Flemington today.


It's hard to beat Pete but Borham hoping Colrob can match up

New Zealand bred horse Fiumicino gets a hose down after winning Race 4 of the ATC Cup at Warwick Farm, Sydney, 
Saturday, December 1, 
2012. (SHD SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas

David Polkinghorne John Borham hopes Colrob will follow in the footsteps of his stable star Paramount Pete.


Spry chasing city win

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 A chance meeting at Darwin's racetrack led to Canberra trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones luring jockey Carl Spry to ride for them.


Filly Anything You Touch set to make golden return

Horses head for the finish of the Tony Campbell Memorial race at 16:06 at Queanbyean Raceway. Won by #6, Gregory's Fortress, ridden by Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins. 
23 December 2012
Photo: Rohan Thomson.


David Polkinghorne It took Julia Ceely 15 starts to get her first win as a trainer, so it's not surprising she's bringing Anything You Touch back to the scene of her triumph at Queanbeyan on Tuesday.


Law change boosts funds for race club

2 June 2011, news, story by James Buckley, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs at Thoroughbred Park in Mitchell. SPECIAL 1

David Polkinghorne Thoroughbred Park will receive an annual $250,000 boost after the ACT Legislative Assembly changed the laws on how the industry collects its revenue.


Canberra trainer says Unanimously is 'in mix'

08 March 2011, News, Canberra Times photo by Andrew Sheargold. BLACK OPAL. pic of ACT Government MLA Mary Porter with her horse Notjustaprettyface and trainer Matthew Dale at thoroughbred park today. SPECIAL 000

David Polkinghorne Take out Ortensia and Barakey and Canberra trainer Matthew Dale thinks Unanimously would be a serious contender in the group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100 metres) at Caulfield on Saturday.


Assail up for tilt at Slipper, says Conners

Doomben, Brisbane, QLD. 19 May 2012. The Kirks Doomben Cup.
Trainer Clarry Connors after his horse Invest won race 5, the Hidden Dragon the Roses.
Photo:Tertius Pickard.

David Polkinghorne Trainer Clarry Conners says Assail is still a chance of jumping in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill in April, but the daughter of Redoute's Choice is no chance of running in next month's...


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...

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.

Black Opal Stakes Day

Waterhouse fancies her outsider

David Polkinghorne Gai Waterhouse says this year's Doncaster Mile will be ''one of the hottest Doncasters in a long time''.


Punters go for Assail

Jockey Anthony Allen rides Assail to victory during Race 3 of the Fonterra Foodservice Handicap at Warwick Farm, 

Sydney, Saturday, November 10, 2012. (SHD SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas

David Polkinghorne Assail co-owner keeping comeback low key in Saturday's group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes.


Appeal decisions stump stewards

Track work in the leadup to Black Opal Stakes Day, Breakfast with the Stars.. 5th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths


David Polkinghorne Racing NSW is expected to appeal a decision by its own appeals panel.