David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne


Canberra trainer Matthew Dale undecided on Jacinta and the Sunline Stakes

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Matthew Dale is leaning towards taking Jacinta to Sandown on Saturday.


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.

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.


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.


Chief does his best to lift Olive's spirits after loss of stable favourite

David Polkinghorne YOU don't get long to mourn a horse in the racing game with the next day bringing more trackwork and more races.


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.


Canberra to host big night

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


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.


Fill The Page must fire or retire: Jones


News:?Track work in the leadup to Black Opal Stakes Day, Breakfast with the Stars. Horse 'Fill the Page' with jockey Ruhal Talukdar. 5th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths


David Polkinghorne Canberra Cup winner Fill The Page has three more runs to prove she still wants to race or she'll be put up for sale as a broodmare.


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.


Astronomer turns star

David Polkinghorne Astronomer put his controversial past behind him with his second straight win at Queanbeyan on Friday.


Rose blooms for record

Sport.  Brendan Ward on Rose of Falvelon wins the Benchmark 65 handicap at Thoroughbred Park and also broke the track record.  7 June 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Nick Olive breathed a sigh of relief when he saw Rose Of Falvelon's winning time at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.


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.


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.

Cahill handed 12-month ban for race fixing

Jockey Mathew Cahill.

David Polkinghorne Top country jockey Mathew Cahill has been suspended for 12 months for conspiring to fix a race while aboard Canberra horse Astronomer at Goulburn in June.


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.


Caprossa comes up trumps

6 March 2012 SPORT/GALLERY Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by Lee Gaskin. Track work at Thoroughbred Park in preparation for this Sunday's Black Opal Stakes and Canberra Cup. Canberra trainer, Paul Jones.

David Polkinghorne Paul Jones has had a good weekend in Sydney. On Friday night, Caprossa saluted at Canterbury for the Canberra trainer, while Delabombell finished fourth at Rosehill on Saturday.


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.


Nisbet loses Best As Zariz


David Polkinghorne WHILE the Canberra racing community was celebrating a Snake Gully Cup trifecta, John Nisbet was having a terrible day at the Gundagai carnival on Friday.