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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Layt rates debutant Another Grand

David Polkinghorne While the future of Karuta Queen is up in the air, Neville Layt is trying to unearth his next two-year-old sensation.