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

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.

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

Thunder Fantasy headed for Australian Guineas after winning Autumn Classic

Michael Lynch Victoria Derby form stands up in the group 2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield.

Racing

Melham must cool heels as stewards continue crackdown

Ben Melham

Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch Ben Melham has joined the growing list of top jockeys sidelined after he was outed by Racing Victoria stewards at the Geelong Cup meeting.

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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

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...

Laing slays Darley dragon as Polanski pounds to Derby victory

Race 6 Victoria Derby winner Polanski ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Michael Lynch Can it truly be a fairytale story if it barely counts as a surprise?

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

Wez Hunter continues his great run at Flemington

Bel Thor

Michael Lynch Robbie Laing's says his Victoria Derby win could not have come at a better time.

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

Long John wins Henry Bucks Stakes as favourite Cauthen fades

Steven Arnold riding Long John

Michael Lynch Kiwi raider Cauthen, who had looked so impressive winning at Moonee Valley in August, was all the rage when he stepped up to 1400 metres in the Henry Bucks Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Horse Racing

Jewel must dazzle to beat the stars in Underwood

Class act: It's A Dundeel will take on Atlantic Jewel at Caulfield.

Michael Lynch Atlantic Jewel will have to be at her best to take her unbeaten run to 10.

Horse racing

Big Bang theory - bring on guineas

Michael Lynch Eclair Big Bang stole the show on a competitive undercard at Caulfield on Sunday.

Horse Racing

Laing hopes Rakti's son has a bit of his dad's mongrel

Polanski is a horse who has already generated headlines for the wrong reason

Michael Lynch Turnbull Stakes Day traditionally regarded as crucial meeting for Cups and Cox Plate contenders.

Hvasstan trainers hope for turn for better

Derby hope: Hvasstan (right) is aiming for the South Australian Derby.

Michael Lynch Classy three-year-old heads a formidable Victorian contingent heading to Adelaide.

Horse Racing

The Boss glows hot from winter's work

Hot to trot: Glen Boss.

Michael Lynch Jockey Glen Boss is almost hot enough to cause a spike in global temperatures.

Emotional brothers win one for dad

Trainer Peter Gelagotis.

Michael Lynch A tearful Peter Gelagotis hugged his son, Michael, his brother Manny and jockey Glen Boss as he fought back tears of joy and grief to welcome back Norman Robinson Stakes winner Hvasstan yesterday.