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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.


Peter Snowden says Black Opal worthy of group 2 status

David Polkinghorne Top Sydney trainer Peter Snowden thinks Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes is worthy of group 2 status.


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.


Trainer Chris Waller weighs options for Canberra's Super Sunday of racing

David Polkinghorne Chris Waller is considering a number of nominations for Canberra's Super Sunday.

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.


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.


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.


Snowden back for another crack at Black Opal

SPORT the form , Horse racing at Warwick Farm25.8.12
race 6
winner Pinwheel
trainedby Peter Snowden pictured

David Polkinghorne Peter Snowden has backed Canberra Racing's push to have the listed race reinstated as a group 3.

Horse racing

Coliseo well placed

1 April 2011, sport, Canberra Times photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Coliseo, ridden by Mathew Cahill,  closest to camera  overhauls Marazion, ridden by Josh Adams, in the final stages of the Barlens Maiden Plate at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.  SPECIAL 1

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Norm Gardner is hoping a successful Canberra Centenary Cup campaign will launch Coliseo on the path to the group 1 Sydney Cup.

Black Opal Stakes Day

Cup's in the cabinet, now for ACT's 'Big One'

Blake Shinn.

David Polkinghorne Sydney hoop Corey Brown says every jockey wants to have a Black Opal Stakes victory on their resume.

Black Opal Stakes Day

Photo-finish caused an outcry

David Polkinghorne Paul Walshe still remembers the very first Black Opal Stakes in 1973 - and its earthquake-fuelled controversy.


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.


Williams' cup but Coliseo gets closer

News. Black Opal Stakes.   Jockey Glyn Schofield and Trainer Danny Williams hold up the Canberra Centenary Cup after Court Connection won the Canberra Centenary Cup at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra.   10th of March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Jeffrey Chan

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Norm Gardner would rather Coliseo had lost by 10 lengths in the Canberra Centenary Cup.


Black Opal's turn to race - for a status prize

Black Opal Stakes.

David Polkinghorne After a stunning Super Sunday, Canberra Racing looking to have Black Oval Stakes upgraded.

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.


Win boosts Black Opal

Channel Seven Brisbane racing carnival. The Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, QLD, May 25, 2013. Kerrin McEvoy riding on Epaulette wins during race 8, the Carlton Mid Doomben 10 000.
Photo: Tertius Pickard.

David Polkinghorne There's a rising chorus for Canberra's Black Opal Stakes to be elevated to group 3 status.


Black Opal denied status upgrade

SPORT the form , Horse racing at Warwick Farm25.8.12
race 6
winner Pinwheel
trainedby Peter Snowden pictured

David Polkinghorne The decision not to upgrade the status of Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes has been slammed by a leading trainer.

Good things come in threes

David Polkinghorne Our regular Lucky Lobster Kyle Mackey-Laws is away this week, which bodes well for punters who enjoy returns that aren't purely scratchings as David 'Polky' Polkinghorne fills in.