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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.


Laurie's Love in line for horse of the year

David Polkinghorne Laurie's Lover has confirmed the belief shown in him by Queanbeyan trainer Mike Petrovic and could go on to become Canberra's horse of the year in 2014.


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.


General just fails to salute in tight finish

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Keith Dryden was confident that with a bit of luck General Jay Dee would have won at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.


Best As Zariz tops class in Canberra

12 October 2012, Sport, Journalist David Polkinghorne The Canberra Times, Photo Jay Cronan. BEST AS ZARIZ ridden by jockey Jeff Penza takes out the Queanbeyan Leagues Club 1400m.

David Polkinghorne The mud might have kept the horses away, but it didn't stop the students from enjoying Canberra's first twilight meeting at Thoroughbred Park yesterday.


Room To Boom is pick as quartet might become duo

Keith Dryden, trainer of winner Mass Exodus.

David Polkinghorne You could be forgiven for thinking race one at Thoroughbred Park today was Keith Dryden's.


Olive eyes next spring

Nick Olive

David Polkinghorne Canberra yesterday, Melbourne next year.


Sergi happy as stable star returns to form

Michael Travers

David Polkinghorne Diamond To Pegasus was a horse on the rise after winning the listed Canonbury Stakes, but constant injuries meant it's been more than 18 months since his last win.


Dale backs Gladius to shine on Flemington's big stage

08 March 2011, News, Canberra Times photo by Andrew Sheargold. BLACK OPAL. pic of ACT Government MLA Mary Porter with her horse Notjustaprettyface and trainer Matthew Dale at thoroughbred park today. SPECIAL 000

David Polkinghorne As a happily married father of one, Matthew Dale will have eyes for only one filly at ladies' day at Flemington today.


Everage caps return to Carmody's old haunt

David Polkinghorne Randwick trainer Craig Carmody ''cut his teeth'' as a jockey at Thoroughbred Park in 1984.


Young and not-so-young take the spoils

Horse round the final turn at Queanbeyan Racecourse for the Bungendore Cup
The Canberra Times
02 March 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

David Polkinghorne Two extremes of the jockey game bookended racing at Queanbeyan on Saturday.


Punters go for Assail

Jockey Anthony Allen rides Assail to victory during Race 3 of the Fonterra Foodservice Handicap at Warwick Farm, 

Sydney, Saturday, November 10, 2012. (SHD SPORT) Photo by Mick Tsikas

David Polkinghorne Assail co-owner keeping comeback low key in Saturday's group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes.


Miss Ta Ta eyes city

Sport,   Michael Travers on Miss Ta Ta gets out ahead of the field to win the Benchmark 65 Handicap at Thoroughbred Park.  24 May 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Goulburn trainer Mark Gee is set to make his city debut after Miss Ta Ta made it back-to-back wins.


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.


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.


Dryden slams Racing NSW over program

25 September 2011, sport, story by David Polkinghorne, Canberra Times picture by STUART WALMSLEY. CSC - Defence Force Cup, race six at Queanbeyan Racing Club's meeting. Keith Dryden, trainer of winner Mass Exodus.

David Polkinghorne Top Canberra trainer Keith Dryden has lashed out at Racing NSW over its programming, saying the governing body was turning provincial racing into ''picnic'' meets to boost entries for its spring...


Canberra's Coliseo fresh for Wagga Wagga Gold Cup

Coliseo, ridden by Mathew Cahill.

David Polkinghorne Trainer Norm Gardner is confident Coliseo can win him the listed $140,000 Wagga Wagga Cup (2000m) at the trainer's first attempt.