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.

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

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

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

Internationals disappoint in Cox Plate

Side Glance.

Michael Lynch It wasn't quite the result that Racing Victoria's international recruiter Leigh Jordon was after, but it wasn't a complete disaster either.

Horseracing

Fiorente bolts into Cox Plate contention with incredible finish

Over the top: Nash Rawiller on Fiorente.

Michael Lynch On such a huge day for Gai Waterhouse, it should not have come as any shock that she should upset the Mark Kavanagh applecart in the Moonee Valley feature, the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, with...

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.

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

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

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...

Racing

Heat not to blame for death of filly Kiss A Rose at Caulfield, says vet

Black Caviar Trainer Peter Moody Donna Fisher watches the  champion racehorse as it was led  from its stables at Caulfied today. Age News Pic taken by John Woudstra June 5 2012

Adam Pengilly, Matt Jones, Michael Lynch There was high drama and then tragedy in the mounting yard at Caulfield on Saturday as three-year-old Kiss A Rose collapsed and died after running in the $120,000 W.J. Adams Stakes.

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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.

Horse Racing

Hvasstan eyes Mackinnon after victory

Top form: Hvasstan and Hugh Bowman return to scale.

Michael Lynch and Andrew Garvey Few racing people celebrate victory with as much gusto as the Gelagotis brothers.

None too Savvy, but gelding produces great Derby trial

Savvy Nature

Michael Lynch His sire, Savabeel, recorded a career highlight on Cox Plate day when he won Australasia's greatest weight-for age-race as a three-year-old in 2004.

Horse Racing

Vase puts Savvy Nature on track for Derby

Savvy Nature heads to the post under James McDonald's guidance.

Michael Lynch Savvy Nature posts the best win of his career, landing the group 2 Mitchelton Vase.

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''.

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.

Horseracing

International raiders fail to flatter but RV scout looks on the bright side

Leigh Jordon

Michael Lynch It wasn't quite the result that Racing Victoria's international recruiter Leigh Jordon was after, but it wasn't a complete disaster either.

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Horse Racing

Grandma won the Cup, now it's my turn

Blackiston

Michael Lynch Nigel Blackiston knows what's needed to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.

Horse Racing

Don't mess with the Derby

Victoria Derby Day 2012

Michael Lynch Here are some eternal truths about the Melbourne Spring carnival: the weather will be changeable; the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate will be labelled "the worst ever"; the Melbourne Cup will be...

Horse racing

Simenon is safe in Cup

Simenon

Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch The owners of Simenon were relieved to hear that their tough stayer had moved up to No.22.