Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.

Horse Racing

Victorian racing's stakeholders pool resources for new media business

It's a Dundeel defeats Atlantic Jewel

Michael Lynch Racing needs all the friends it can get. 

Horseracing

Stayers get stage to shine

Racing.

Michael Lynch The VRC St Leger is tucked away towards the end of the season, bookended by the Australian and South Australian derbies.

Horse Racing

Griffiths hoping to break his G1 hoodoo

That's my girl: Girl In Flight wins at Caulfield in November. She will run in the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Cranbourne horseman Robbie Griffiths has been training for more than 20 years but has yet to land a group 1.

Horse Racing

Gotta Take Care looking the goods for Warrnambool

Gotta Take Care is a top notcher over obstacles, as his status at the head of weights affairs in the Galleywood attests.

Michael Lynch Gotta Take Care's 67th race start in the biggest hurdle of the Warrnambool carnival could stamp him as the best dual-purpose horse in the country.

Horse Racing

King for the day as Price savours low hanging fruit and Boss doubles up

SPORT, HORSE RACING. Relaxed and Happy (red and yellow colours) ridden by Nash Rawiller wins the 2nd race at Rosehill , 20 July 2013. 
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horse's head

Michael Lynch Training horses to produce their best on raceday is only one part of a trainer's job description.

Age shall not weary them: senior jockeys still among the best in the business

Glen Boss.

Michael Lynch In Australian racing, the fashion in recent times has been to favour younger jockeys. But the tide in Melbourne may be turning.

Alex Wilkinson: The Socceroo who slipped through the net

Michael Lynch Alex Wilkinson could fairly be described as the accidental Socceroo, although some, less kindly, have suggested the closest parallel for the former Central Coast Mariners defender and his rapid rise...

Horse Racing

Fillies thoughts turn to ... black type

Trainer Mick Kent.

Michael Lynch It's autumn, that time of year when the minds of the owners and trainers of good quality fillies and mares turn to thoughts of... black type.

Horse Racing

Darren Weir gets closer to trainers' title at Moonee Valley

Harry Coffey (right) riding Siwa Lady wins the Health Science Planning Consultants at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Country trainer Darren Weir tightens his grip on the Victorian metropolitan trainers' premiership with a hat-trick at Moonee Valley.

Soccer

What would have happened with our World Cup bid if we hadn't tried ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The surprise is not that Australia had to find bribes - or development money, for those with rather more delicate tastes - to try to promote its case to host the 2022 World Cup, but that it did so...

Horse Racing

Racing Victoria chiefs release strategic plan

Horse racing.

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria chiefs to unveil strategic plan for the short-term future of the industry with a stark warning - unless the sport embraces major change it could fade to irrelevance.

Horse Racing

Michael Rodd steers Vatican to win in Doveton Stakes at Caulfield races

All the way: Michael Rodd steers Vatican to the line in the Doveton Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Sometimes it takes a while to pay someone back. Jockey Michael Rodd knows this.

Horse racing

Racing Victoria set for cost-cutting measures

Gambling, racing and RVL.

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria is trapped between spiralling costs and stagnant gambling revenue.

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Horse racing

No cup glory, but Rawiller's cup still full

Nash Rawiller

Michael Lynch With six booked rides, Nash Rawiller might find that virtue brings further rewards.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller's Melbourne challenge

Michael Lynch CHRIS Waller winning the metropolitan Melbourne trainers premiership?

Horse Racing

Damien Oliver pilots The Offer to Ballarat Cup win

Ballarat Cup winner The Offer.

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse and Damian Oliver add another big race triumph to their list.

Horse Racing

Girl In Flight makes it three wins from three starts

Ryan Maloney riding Girl in Flight

Michael Lynch Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and regular rider Ryan Maloney do it again.

Horse Racing

Maloney's career taking flight

Ryan Maloney salutes Sertorius' Zipping Classic win.

Michael Lynch The last few weeks have been good for jockey Ryan Maloney.

Horse Racing

Weight just right for Cup favourite

Cup bound: Jockey Glen Boss is all smiles as Puissance de Lune wins at Flemington.

Michael Lynch Puissance De Lune given ideal impost to win this year's 3200 metre staying test.

Soccer

Victory chasing Chilean veteran

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's search for a marquee player could end with Pablo Contreras.