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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Frank Cleary to target Queanbeyan Cup with That's Freedom

David Polkinghorne That's Freedom is no Black Caviar, but legendary trainer Frank Cleary will push on towards the Queanbeyan Cup after his gutsy all-the-way victory in the benchmark 60 handicap (1460 metres) at the...


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.


It's Sydney but not the bush for Layt's youngsters

Neville Layt

David Polkinghorne Neville Layt admits that taking his ''babies'' to the track for their first race feels like dropping your kids off at school for the first time.


Layt keeps eye on Queen

SPORT - Trainer Neville Layt  at Thoroughbred Park, Mitchell  . Canberra                                                                                  8th  February  2013.                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by, Colleen Petch of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne It might be out with the old and in with the new, but Karuta Queen's former trainer and jockey will still find a TV when she races in the listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000 metres) at Flemington on...

Lucky Lobster

Adelaide where the action is

Kyle Mackey-Laws - Lucky Lobster

David Polkinghorne As the Sydney autumn carnival winds up and the races head to Hawkesbury, the race of the day travels to Adelaide.


Canberra to host big night

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

Ryan pins Opal hopes on Rose

David Polkinghorne Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan is hopeful Cavalry Rose will deliver his second Black Opal Stakes win to go with the victory of Paint in 1996.


Super Sunday to be biggest event in Canberra's racing history

David Polkinghorne IS IT a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Super Sunday, one of the biggest days of racing Canberra has ever seen.


Cup laid low by no-show

Winner of The dairy farmers Queanbeyan Cup, Jockey Peter Wells with horse Peal of Bells.

David Polkinghorne It was meant to be QRacing's big day but neither the trainer nor owner of the $35,000 Queanbeyan Cup winner bothered to turn up to accept the trophy, leaving the Queanbeyan Race Club with ''egg on...


Singleton poaches Canberra's Queen of the turf

Karuta Queen.

David Polkinghorne After an unsuccessful raid on Canberra's Black Opal Stakes this year, horse racing identity and renowned larrikin John Singleton has settled on buying our Queen of the turf instead.


Deja vu as Caviar follows Target

Black Caviar

David Polkinghorne IF YOU had a sense of deja vu when Australia's supermare Black Caviar flew to England, it's because she's following in the hoofsteps of Queanbeyan's greatest ever racehorse, Takeover Target.


Janiak has a taste for Caviar

Joe Janiak.

David Polkinghorne The Queen, top hats, tails, strawberries, champagne and an atmosphere that ''puts the Melbourne Cup to shame'' awaits Australian supermare Black Caviar when she races at England's historic Royal...