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.

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

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

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.

Safeguard makes it three in a row

Michael Lynch Darley colt Safeguard just held on to his unbeaten record when he kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a nose win over David Hayes' luckless Fast 'n' Rocking in the 1100-metre Vain Stakes.

Horseracing

Different Guineas the targets for Gregers and Cauthen

Gregers

Michael Lynch The Caulfield Guineas and the fillies' equivalent, the Thousand Guineas, are still seven weeks away.

Horse Racing

Rising stars stake claim early

Gregers

Michael Lynch Gregers and Cauthen stake claims for Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas.

Quiet achiever Arnold weighs in with a select book down south

Steven Arnold

Michael Lynch In the days when he was dominating English racing, legendary jockey Lester Piggot - who many rate as the best rider to have climbed into a saddle anywhere - was said to exist on a diet of a cigar, a...

Horse Racing

Arnold at the height of his powers

Think big: Steven Arnold's triumphs on So You Think in the 2010 spring began with the Memsie Stakes.

Michael Lynch The Memsie Stakes brings golden memories, writes Michael Lynch.

Sydney looms for Hayes' colt

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31:  Brett Prebble riding Fast'n'Rocking defeats Steven Arnold riding Prince Harada in the H.D.F.McNeill Stakes  during Melbourne racing at Caulfield Racecourse on August 31, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Fast 'n' Rocking and Prince Harada could be two of the best three-year-old colts we will see this spring. But making any clear judgment about their relative merits will have to wait for another day.

Raiders tipped to vie for Caulfield Cup

Red Cadeaux

Michael Lynch The man who sets the weights for the Caulfield Cup is expecting three or four overseas raiders to mount a challenge for the $2.5 million prize next month.

Horse Racing

Kavanagh likely to separate star pair

Michael Rodd and Super Cool after the Australian Cup in March.

Michael Lynch Why win one big race when you could just as easily win two?

Horse racing

Samaready romps away with the Group One Moir Stakes

winner Samaready

Michael Lynch Mick Price topped and tailed the opening evening of the night racing season and scored in the headline event.