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

McKenzie Stakes win sets Cauthen for Caulfield Guineas

Michael Lynch Star Kiwi galloper Cauthen showed he was right on the Caulfield Guineas trail with a convincing win in the listed Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Rich Enuff, Afleet Esprit stamp strong Guineas credentials

Michael Rodd rides Rich Enuff to victory in the Beck Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday.

Michael Lynch What you see is what you get – and when you see a lightly raced three-year-old explode away from his rivals to score an easy win in one of the best credentialed Caulfield Guineas trials, then...

The six weeks are upon us when horse racing rules

Michael Lynch With the footy run and won, in Victoria, at least, and the cricket yet to come, now is racing's time in the sun.

Almalad gives Gai Waterhouse third straight win in Stutt Stakes

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse is in danger of being investigated by the ACCC, such is her recent monopoly of the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley, one of the key trials for the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox...

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

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

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

Rider on the storm

Damien Oliver rides Showmya Miss in Geelong on September 13, the day he returned to racing.

Michael Lynch A disgraced jockey has returned in a rich vein of form, writes Michael Lynch.

Horse Racing

Weight and see for hoops

Manighar (right) has been left in for the Caulfield Cup at the third acceptance stage.

Michael Lynch Several top jockeys will have to wait a little longer to see if weights go up for Caulfield Cup.

Horse Racing

Atlantic Jewel had galloped beautifully before breaking down

Michael Rodd riding Atlantic Jewel.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate betting turned on its head after favourite's withdrawal.

Horse Racing

Plate up for grabs as ace ruled out

Craig Newitt rides Foreteller (left) and Leith Innes rides Sacred Falls in a gallop at Breakfast with the Stars at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate thrown into turmoil and trainer Mark Kavanagh left devastated after favourite scratched.

History can't dampen O'Brien's enthusiasm

Danny O'Brien

Michael Lynch Records are meant to be broken. Three-year-olds have had an ordinary record in the Cox Plate in the past three decades, and no maiden has won the weight-for-age championship of Australasia.

Cox Plate: Legends are made as Chad Schofield wins on Shamus Award

Chad  Schofield

Michael Lynch Moonee Valley promotes itself as a place where ''legends are made''. Equine legends come along occasionally.

Horse Racing

Shamus grabs piece of history

Shamus Award gets a pat from his owners.

Michael Lynch Moonee Valley promotes itself as the place where ''legends are made''.

Shamus Award in Cox Plate boilover

Chad Schofield riding Shamus Award celebrates winning the Sportingbet Cox Plate during Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Michael Lynch Three-year-old Shamus Award has made all the running to win the $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Horse Racing

Watch for surprises in Victoria Derby

Complacent, ridden by Christian Reith, wins the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on October 12.

Michael Lynch For punters, classic races – in theory – should be the easiest to sort out. But there is one race that quite often proves the exception - the Victoria Derby.

No joy for Gai ... just a hard day at the office

Caulfield

Michael Lynch Black Caviar's young half-brother All Too Hard bursts the bubble of hitherto unbeaten Pierro.

Emotional brothers win one for dad

Trainer Peter Gelagotis.

Michael Lynch A tearful Peter Gelagotis hugged his son, Michael, his brother Manny and jockey Glen Boss as he fought back tears of joy and grief to welcome back Norman Robinson Stakes winner Hvasstan yesterday.

Triumph stirs emotions

Hvasstan, Glen Boss up,  beats Electric Fusion to the line.

Michael Lynch Peter Gelagotis fights back tears of joy and grief to welcome back Norman Robinson Stakes winner.

Boss cocky? Just a little, and why not?

Cox Plate 2012

Michael Lynch So who needs exotic foreigners when you can have a charismatic Kiwi?