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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


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.


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.


Trainer Joe Cleary has high hopes for Quietly Brilliant

Trainer Joe Cleary with Queanbeyan Guineas hopeful Uncle Chuckie. Photo: Andrew Johnston

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


Meticulously not certain to run in Canberra Guineas despite preview win

David Polkinghorne Meticulously has earned a spot in the listed Canberra Guineas (1400 metres), but is looking for more ground.


Trainer hopes Just a Blur will follow earlier path of Ain't Seen Nothin'

David Polkinghorne Barbara Joseph hopes the Canberra Guineas will be the start of Just A Blur following a famous path.

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.

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 trainer Paul Jones says souped up Sydney Championship has flow on effect to country racing

Canberra trainer Paul Jones, right.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Paul Jones says Sydney's increased prizemoney has made it even harder to win country cups.


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.


Big-time days itch forever

Pictured is The Barbara Joseph trained Caulfield Cup hopeful,  Aint Seen Nothin, at trackwork in Canberra this morning being ridden by regular track rider Luke Pepper.  Barbara Joseph leads the mare  from the track..   Picture by Pat Scala pds Tuesday the 16th of September 2003.   Age Sport Canberra.  SPECIALX HORSES

David Polkinghorne Bombala's race rack is a far cry from Caulfield and its cup, but Canberra trainer Barbara Joseph still has ''that magical dream'' of getting a horse in one of Australia's holy trilogy of racing.


Queanbeyan Cup loses lustre to Thunderbolt

Sport: Queanbeyan Cup 2013. Action on the field. Jockey Deanne Panya rides the winning horse Celtic Soul. 27th of October 2013, Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

David Polkinghorne The Queanbeyan Cup's grip on the mantle as QRacing's feature race is slipping.


Unlucky last: Ryan queries decision to push back cup

farmers Queanbeyan Cup, Jockey Peter Wells with horse Peal of Bells.

David Polkinghorne TOP Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan has questioned Queanbeyan's decision to have its biggest race of the year as the last race of the day - when the track is at its worst.


Caprossa comes up trumps

6 March 2012 SPORT/GALLERY Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by Lee Gaskin. Track work at Thoroughbred Park in preparation for this Sunday's Black Opal Stakes and Canberra Cup. Canberra trainer, Paul Jones.

David Polkinghorne Paul Jones has had a good weekend in Sydney. On Friday night, Caprossa saluted at Canterbury for the Canberra trainer, while Delabombell finished fourth at Rosehill on Saturday.


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.


Loy scores triple treat

Diamond to Pegasus, ridden by Brodie Loy,  finishes ahead

David Polkinghorne A 16-year-old apprentice jockey brought up his 15th career winner with a treble at Canberra on Friday.


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.


Caprossa proves she's the real thing

SPORT 5.1.13 Horse racing at Warwick Farm
winner Caprossa (spotty cap)
ridden by Tommy Berry



David Polkinghorne Caprossa's owner-breeder Michael Inglis thought he had a hermaphrodite when he visited the daughter of Testa Rossa in the paddock.


Fears over rail for Assail

Assail winning at Wyong in December 2012 with jockey Peter Robl?by Steve Hart
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David Polkinghorne Canberra’s Igor Brkic has the chance to win a slice of the pie that is the $2million Magic Millions Classic.

Horse racing

Coliseo well placed

1 April 2011, sport, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Coliseo, ridden by Mathew Cahill,  closest to camera  overhauls Marazion, ridden by Josh Adams, in the final stages of the Barlens Maiden Plate at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.  SPECIAL 1

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Norm Gardner is hoping a successful Canberra Centenary Cup campaign will launch Coliseo on the path to the group 1 Sydney Cup.