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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Nick Olive favourite to win back-to-back Canberra trainers' titles

David Polkinghorne Canberra's leading trainer Nick Olive says the past two months have been some of his toughest.


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.


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.


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.


Drain to Sydney stables not a sign of health of Canberra

Queanbeyan Age. 6-1-12. Karuta Queen is unlikely to challenge in next month?s $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Paul Rovere

David Polkinghorne Canberra's top trainers have allayed fears a recent trend of owners switching their horses to Sydney trainers was a concern for ACT racing and was just ''part and parcel'' of the industry.


Way to go out

Sport:The Ruc club open handicap 1080m race at Thoroughbred Park. From Left: Onetonnegun, Gorgeous Amelia, Outside, General Jay Dee, Bossdon City and Not a Dancer. 2nd of August 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

David Polkinghorne She was a ''bit of a bitch'', but trainer Paul Jones was still emotional when Gorgeous Amelia won her last race before retirement.


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.


Canberra to host big night

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


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.


Amelia eyes city lights

120803 SPORT  Canberra Times Photograph by Graham Tidy Story by David Polkinghorne. Canberra race 3, the Canberra Irish Club Benchmark 70 over 1080 metres. Winner

David Polkinghorne Canberra might have seen the last of Gorgeous Amelia after her comfortable two-length win at Thoroughbred Park yesterday.

Page turns for last time

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Paul Jones said losing stable star and Canberra Cup winner Fill The Page left a ''big void'' in his stable in the lead-up to the Melbourne Spring Carnival.


Unfancied Al Ahmar delivers win for Jones

14 September 2012.  Sport. Journalist David Polkinghorne Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan.  Jockey Lauri Wray chats to trainer Paul Jones (right) after winning the Benchmark 69 Handicap riding Al Ahmar at Thoroughbred Park.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Paul Jones had a feeling he'd win the benchmark 69 handicap (2000 metres) at Thoroughbred Park yesterday, but not with the horse that he did.


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.