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

Darren Weir gets closer to trainers' title at Moonee Valley

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

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

Paul and Peter Snowden are chasing a dream farewell from the Darley racing operation

Trainer Paul Snowden with 2010 Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper Winner Sepoy

Michael Lynch The father-and-son team will soon finish at Darley and start on their own, writes Michael Lynch.

Horse racing

Anatina earns a crack at Robert Sangster Stakes

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon’s flying filly Anatina now considered a winning chance at 1200 metres.

Horse racing

David Hayes aims Zululand at Sydney after Sires Produce win

Stephen Baster riding Zululand.

Michael Lynch Expensive yearling comes from off the pace to show he will excel at longer distances.

Horse racing

Fiorente and Green Moon stage stirring battle in the Australian Cup

Damien Oliver riding Fiorente

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup has long since ceased to be a race for mere staying handicappers, and few races illustrate that better than Saturday's Australian Cup.

Horse racing

Flying filly Anatina had a long-term date with a Japanese stallion

Craig Williams on Anatina

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon's flying filly Anatina has a long-term date with star Japanese stallion Deep Impact.

Horse racing

Racing chiefs promise fewer meetings but more races

Generic horses running on a race track

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria chiefs are hoping fewer race meetings add up to more wagering as they announced plans on Wednesday to trim the fixture list but boost the number of events at each meeting.

Horse racing

Shamus Award takes out Australian Guineas

Craig Williams riding Shamus Award.

Michael Lynch Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.

Horse Racing

Hurdles helped Cooldini in lead-up to win at Flemington

Trainer Robert Smerdon.

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon has cemented his reputation as the doyen of jumping trainers in the last decade.

Horse Racing

Not Listenin'tome has Hawkes stable in raptures after Zeditave Stakes

Michael Lynch Lightly raced colt outclasses field of decent three-year-old sprinters in the Zeditave Stakes (1200 metres).

Horse racing

Fiorente eyes Ascot after sensational return to track in Peter Young Stakes

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente made a sensational return to racing with a last-gasp win in the group 2 Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday - a victory which could launch a globetrotting career...

Horse Racing

Fiorente returns to racing in style at Caulfield

Fiorente

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup winner makes a sensational return to racing with a last-gasp win.

Horse racing

Star young gallopers need to step up this season

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The Orr Stakes is the first chance to see how the stars of the spring have fared after a spell.

Horse Racing

Thunder Fantasy headed for Australian Guineas after winning Autumn Classic

Michael Lynch Victoria Derby form stands up in the group 2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield.

Horse Racing

Moment Of Change wins the Orr Stakes for Peter Moody

Moment Of Change

Michael Lynch Tough, honest, more-than-useful sprinter has shrugged off his relatively humble origins.

Horse Racing

Shamus Award drifts in betting for Australian Guines

Michael Lynch When a three-year-old takes on his elders first up in Group 1 company and runs a respectably close third, he might be expected to tighten up in the market for a classic race against his own age group...

Horse Racing

Local trainers shun top Hong Kong jockeys

Generuc racing

Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Bid to woo top jockeys to Caulfield for Saturday's blockbuster meeting met with indifference.

Horse Racing

Shamal Wind fantastic at Caulfield

Ryan Maloney rides Shamal Wind to victory ahead of Andrew Mallyon on General Truce.

Michael Lynch Some horses are fantastic at one course, and awful everywhere else.