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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Winona Costin warms up for group 1 debut with win at Canberra

David Polkinghorne Boom apprentice jockey Winona Costin will go into the biggest day of her short career and her group 1 debut a winner after saluting in the final race at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park on Friday.


Canberra trainers take on town-hall company at Randwick

Boom young jockey Winona Costin.

David Polkinghorne Apprentice jockey Winona Costin holds the fate of I Am Snippety and Oh So Adorable in her hands.


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.


Canberra trainers tipping Sydney raid on Black Opal Stakes

8 March 2011, sport, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Runners prepare for Black Opal Stakes Day with mid-week training at Thoroughbred Park. Chris Coleman and Karuta Queen  blue and yellow  trains with fellow jockey Mitch Korn and his mount. SPECIAL 1

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainers predict Sydney raiders will descend on this year's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes en masse.

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.


Messene on mission to prove his worth for shot at Doncaster Mile

David Polkinghorne Messene trainer Michael Hawkes says the listed National Sprint field ''have every right'' to be worried about him.

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.


Lucky Raquie wins Black Opal Stakes

Glyn Schofield.

David Polkinghorne Jockey Glyn Schofield wins back-to-back Black Opal Stakes after guiding home Lucky Raquie.


Glyn Schofield caps off perfect weekend for family with Black Opal success

Glyn Schofield

David Polkinghorne Glyn Schofield is making a habit of winning the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes after he became the first jockey to win back-to-back Opals since Mick Dittman in 1989.


Canberra to host big night

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


Berry sings Nisbet's praises

Kayla Nisbet

David Polkinghorne Sydney jockey Tommy Berry has backed Kayla Nisbet to ride in a future Melbourne Cup.

Know Your Nags

Williams will have his work cut out


David Polkinghorne If you listen to some of the international trainers whinge, then it should be renamed The Lloyd Williams Cup.

Williams will have his work cut out

David Polkinghorne If you listen to some of the international trainers whinge, you would think it was The Lloyd Williams Cup.

Horse racing

John Nisbet hoping his star mare can measure up in Goulburn Cup

27 April 2012 SPORT Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by David Polkinghorne. Canberra race 6. Winner, Glad You Called, ridden by Kayla Nisbet.

David Polkinghorne John Nisbet knows Glad You Called will have to run the race of her life to win the Goulburn City Cup (1600 metres), but he's hoping a love affair with the track and some great form will be enough for...


Layt stakes his claim

Kevin Sweeney.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Neville Layt is hopeful Red Excitement can help fill the hole left in his stable by Karuta Queen.


Assail's owners eye Gold Coast riches

David Polkinghorne An already big day just got even bigger for Canberra duo Igor Brkic and Kevin Matthews.


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.


Club wants upgrade for Black Opal

2 June 2011, news, story by James Buckley, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs at Thoroughbred Park in Mitchell. SPECIAL 1

David Polkinghorne Attracting another top-notch field for this year's Black Opal will be crucial to the return of group racing to Canberra, says Thoroughbred Park chief executive Peter Stubbs.


Opal should regain group status: Layt

David Polkinghorne Neville Layt has backed Canberra Race Club's push for group status for the $250,000 Black Opal Stakes, saying it never should have lost it in the first place.