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.

Melbourne Cup 2013: Godolphin chasing elusive trophy

Godolphin

Michael Lynch When Victoria Derby-winning jockey Hugh Bowman was saluting the success of battling trainer Robbie Laing the day after Polanski's big-race win on Saturday, he made another point.

Horse racing

New chapter looms in O'Brien's Melbourne Cup story

Aidan O'Brien.

Michael Lynch Ernest Hemingway, an easy five-length winner of the Group 3 Curragh Cup, could end the Melbourne Cup exile of Irish master trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Age shall not weary them: senior jockeys still among the best in the business

Glen Boss.

Michael Lynch In Australian racing, the fashion in recent times has been to favour younger jockeys. But the tide in Melbourne may be turning.

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

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

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

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.

Horseracing

Stayers get stage to shine

Racing.

Michael Lynch The VRC St Leger is tucked away towards the end of the season, bookended by the Australian and South Australian derbies.

Horse Racing

Gotta Take Care looking the goods for Warrnambool

Gotta Take Care is a top notcher over obstacles, as his status at the head of weights affairs in the Galleywood attests.

Michael Lynch Gotta Take Care's 67th race start in the biggest hurdle of the Warrnambool carnival could stamp him as the best dual-purpose horse in the country.

Horseracing

Atlantic Jewel back to take the top billing

Trainer Mark Kavanagh poses for photo with Atlantic Jewel

Michael Sharkie, Michael Lynch Australia's best chances of defending the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup rest squarely on the shoulders of an outstanding four-year-old crop and the country's other unbeaten mare,...

Horse Racing

Irish stayer a cups hope

Aidan O Brien

Michael Lynch Could a four-runner race at an Irish evening meeting be a major pointer to Melbourne and Caulfield Cups?

Horse Racing

Boss has hopes for French star

Puissance de Lune

Michael Lynch Glen Boss is not known for understating the situation, especially when he is confident about his prospects.

Horse Racing

Imports are warming up for spring

Picture perfect: Puissance De Lune at Warrnambool beach.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune in fine fettle following Saturday shakedown.

Horse Racing

Overuse a major factor in deterioration of racecourse: report

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Michael Lynch Deterioration of course surface led to the abandonment of the fixture on July 17.

All eyes on the moon down south

Mitch Freedman

Michael Lynch The spring carnival is one giant puzzle that ultimately comes together in the first week of November.

Horse Racing

McDonald out to add to rich family history

Second Effort

Michael Lynch Trainer will be looking to topple Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune.

Horse Racing

Trainer Darren Weir extends his lead in the Melbourne premiership with a winning treble

Rainbow Storm.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir consolidated his position at the top of the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a Boxing Day treble at Caulfield.

Puissance De Lune puts the thrill back into power

Mitch Freedman with Puissance de Lune

Michael Lynch All week, as he prepared his star galloper Puissance De Lune for his seasonal return in the group 2 P.B.

Horse Racing

Godolphin lines up a Royal bid for Cup

Godolphin stayer Royal Empire (right) holds off Red Cadeaux (left) to win the Freer Stakes at Newbury.

Michael Lynch Godolphin has yet to win the Melbourne Cup, but its hopes for 2013 success have been boosted.