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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Throat operation breathes new life into Diamond To Pegasus

David Polkinghorne Diamond To Pegasus is no longer a roarer, but a throat operation has not stopped him roaring for Queanbeyan trainer Tony Sergi.


Thoroughbred Park back on track after surface renovation

David Polkinghorne Two senior jockeys will rate Thoroughbred Park's grass track on Tuesday after Canberra Racing officials gave it the green light to host its eight-race meeting next Friday.


Olive eyes next spring

Nick Olive

David Polkinghorne Canberra yesterday, Melbourne next year.


Dual Command all guts in second win

Dual Command

David Polkinghorne Peter Wiggins's Melbourne Cup celebrations started early when Dual Command saluted in Canberra's event leading into the race that stops the nation.


Payne's colt fulfils Slipper criteria with Opal win

News. Black Opal Stakes.  Trainer David Payne chats with jockey Glyn Schofield who rode Criterion to win the Black Opal Stakes at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.   10th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne David Payne wants to be the first trainer since Frank Cleary to pull off the Black Opal-Golden Slipper double.


One cup not enough for Street Spirit

Street Spirit

David Polkinghorne Mission one: win the Defence Force Cup. Mission two: win the Queanbeyan Cup.


Age is no barrier for Sweeney

30 June 2011 SPORT Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by James Buckley. Canberra jockey Kevin Sweeney at Thoroughbred Park. The metal barriers and their supports are to be replaced with safer plastic ones. SPECIAL 111

David Polkinghorne At an age when most jockeys have long retired, 58-year-old Kevin Sweeney is on the verge of winning his third Canberra jockey premiership today.

Horse racing

Jockey Sweeney celebrates title trifecta

David Polkinghorne An aversion to the nine-to-five grind will keep veteran jockey Kevin Sweeney in the horse race until the day he retires.


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.

Country move gives Murial her Spirit back

Murials Spirit ridden by jockey Brendan Ward.

David Polkinghorne A change has been better than a holiday for Murials Spirit.


Impressive Shoot Thru Blu off to Canterbury

Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne Another impressive win has earned the Matthew Dale-trained Shoot Thru Blu a deserved shot at city racing.