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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


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.


Win has Klammer on target for Black Opal

Sport  Jockey Josh Parr on Klammer, right, all smiles after winning the Lightning Ridge Plate at Thoroughbred Park. 23 February 2014. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne Klammer's connections think Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes (1200 metres) is a big deal.


Queanbeyan keen on winter

David Polkinghorne The Queanbeyan Racing Club wants more winter meets next year following recent drainage work.


Wet patch forces end to Queanbeyan races

Queanbeyan Race Club

David Polkinghorne An irrigation malfunction that left a 30-metre wet spot on the Queanbeyan track forced the last three races to be abandoned on Sunday.


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.


Jockey is worth his salt, says Pepper

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 ''Brotherly'' love is paying off for Moruya trainer Luke Pepper - he and jockey Taylor Lovelock-Wiggins brought up their second win together within a week at Queanbeyan on Sunday.


Gardner says Coliseo's up to the task


David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Norm Gardner is hoping Coliseo's luck will change at Rosehill on Saturday.


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.


Canberra club backs photo finish process

Rules Point on the far side, ridden by Jeff Penza, edges out Bel Edition, ridden by Grant Buckley, by a nose at Canberra' Thoroughbred Park. Originally judge Sean Farrar had ruled it a dead heat before stewards overruled the decision.

David Polkinghorne The Canberra Racing Club has backed its finishing-post technology as the best in the country after a dead-heat ruling was overturned by stewards at last Friday's meet.


Best photo-finish technology already here: Racing NSW

David Polkinghorne Bel Edition co-owner Artie Laing has called for the racing industry to improve its photo-finish technology after it took 55 minutes to declare a winner at Thoroughbred Park last Friday.


Ward keeps Party Dress's connections happy

17 August 2012. Sport. Journalist David Polkinghorne. Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.  Jockey Brendan Ward riding Party Dress breaks out from the field to win the Benchmark R65 at Thoroughbred Park.

David Polkinghorne It was a good thing jockey Brendan Ward guided Party Dress to victory at Thoroughbred Park yesterday given co-owner Tom Hughes was in the crowd.

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.


Singo seeks a matching Opal

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