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

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

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

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

Black Caviar chalks up award hat-trick as nation's best

Black Caviar.

Michael Lynch She only set foot on the track three times during the last Australian racing season and has been retired for six months.

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

Epaulette wins Guineas Prelude comfortably


Michael Lynch Pierro may be all the rage for the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate, but the horse who has come closest to beating Gai Waterhouse's boom colt, Epaulette, showed that he will be a rival to reckon with...

Young stars still vying for acclaim

The verdict is in: John Hawkes is convinced All Too Hard is No. 1.

Michael Lynch The battle for the title of the nation's top three-year-old remains in the balance, with the result to be determined in the autumn.


Budget buy gives Waller his chance for a missing trophy

Chris Waller

Michael Lynch He's Sydney's premier trainer and he has made an enormous impact on Australian racing since leaving New Zealand for his first hit-and-run raid Down Under 14 years ago.

Horse Racing

Man on a mission

Chris Waller

Michael Lynch Buying overseas is paying off for Chris Waller.


Out for 10 months: Oliver banned for illegal bet

Jockey Damien Oliver arrives at the Racing Victoria inquiry this morning.

Michael Lynch Disgraced jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months after admitting to placing a $10,000 bet via a third party on a rival horse in a race in which he rode in 2010.

Champion jockey's 'single, isolated lapse of judgment'

Jockey Damien Oliver.

Michael Lynch DISGRACED jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months after admitting to placing a $10,000 bet via a third party on a rival horse in a race in which he rode in 2010.

Horse Racing

Jockey crashes to turf on Beltrois after Flemington win

Jockey Ryan Maloney riding Beltrois

Michael Lynch Jockey Ryan Maloney was taken to hospital for observation after he crashed to the turf following the fatal fall of his mount Beltrois, seconds after the pair had combined to score in the Red Tempo...

Horse Racing

Tragedy a step from triumph

Bad fall: Beltrois and jockey Ryan Maloney sprawl on the turf moments after winning at Flemington on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Jockey Ryan Maloney taken to hospital after falling, after his mount Beltrois had a toss.

Horse Racing

Millions on Hore-Lacy's mind

Craig Newitt.

Michael Lynch Rick Hore-Lacy has trained some absolute champions in his long career on the turf.

Horse Racing

Free-to-air gamble a win-win for Seven, racing

Channel Seven is set to win the ratings.

Michael Lynch Channel Seven's deal with the racing industry this week garnered the network a lot of positive publicity.

Horse racing

How tweet it is: blistering form silences critics

Brad Rawiller

Michael Lynch IN THE old days, jockeys regularly copped sprays from disgruntled punters.

Horse Racing

Black Caviar exalted

Black Caviar.

Michael Lynch Black Caviar scaled fresh heights by being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Caviar's Hall of Fame honour

Black Caviar

Michael Lynch WONDER mare Black Caviar continues to break new ground and on Thursday night she scaled fresh heights by being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame while still an active competitor.

Horse Racing

Brothers salute at Valley

Hvasstan defeats Sheer Talent.

Michael Lynch Few people celebrate a winner with quite as much gusto as the Gelagotis brothers from Moe.