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.

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.

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.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller's Melbourne challenge

Michael Lynch CHRIS Waller winning the metropolitan Melbourne trainers premiership?

Horse Racing

Michael Rodd steers Vatican to win in Doveton Stakes at Caulfield races

All the way: Michael Rodd steers Vatican to the line in the Doveton Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Sometimes it takes a while to pay someone back. Jockey Michael Rodd knows this.

Horse Racing

No concern about Commanding Jewell's failure to place in the Carlyon Stakes

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24:  (L-R) Steven Arnold riding General Truce, Brett Prebble riding Golden Sunshine, Nicholas Hall riding Broken (winner) and Ben Melham riding Chosen to Fly in the 1Print.com.au Carlyon Stakes during Melbourne Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse on August 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Trainer Leon Corstens will press on to the Let's Elope Stakes at Flemington in a fortnight's time with his heavily-hyped mare Commanding Jewell despite the four year old's failure to run a place in...

Horse Racing

European contenders emerge for Melbourne spring

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Michael Lynch Potential Australian Cups candidates emerge as contenders for the Melbourne spring.

Horseracing

Super Cool a hot prospect ready to come out of shadows

Mark Kavanagh

Chris Roots, Michael Lynch Mark Kavanagh may have the best horse in training in Atlantic Jewel but not many boxes away from the unbeaten mare at Flemington is Super Cool, which could be the sleeper of the spring.

Horse racing

Bashboy beaten by weight

(L-R) Shane Jackson riding Zaman (2), Richard Eynon riding Riviera Star, Brad McLean riding Maythehorsebemagic and Steven Pateman riding Bashboy (r)

Michael Lynch Champion steeplechaser has his colours lowered over fences for the first time in an exciting Australian Steeplechase.

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

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.

Horse Racing

Damien Oliver pilots The Offer to Ballarat Cup win

Ballarat Cup winner The Offer.

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse and Damian Oliver add another big race triumph to their list.

Horse Racing

Gai Waterhouse's Ascot plans thwarted

Gai Waterhouse

Michael Lynch and Chris Roots Dream of putting on the style at Royal Ascot with Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente will have to wait.