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.

Horseracing

It's horses for courses

Michael Lynch Former champion Darwin trainer Stephen Brown has felt right at home in Melbourne's heat.

Horses and heroes jump into history

Redditch, one of the great jumpers of the 1930s, figures in John Adams' book.

Michael Lynch Banjo Paterson got it right more than 100 years ago when he penned an immortal verse.

Trainer Darren Weir adds Victorian group one win with Trust In A Gust in watershed year

Damian Lane riding Trust In A Gust and Ben Melham on Dissident fight it out at the finish of the Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup at Caulfield on Sunday. Lane's mount prevailed.

Michael Lynch Whatever else he achieves in his training career Darren Weir can look back on 2014 as a watershed, with Trust In A Gust's win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes his latest triumph.

Rich Enuff, Afleet Esprit stamp strong Guineas credentials

Michael Rodd rides Rich Enuff to victory in the Beck Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday.

Michael Lynch What you see is what you get – and when you see a lightly raced three-year-old explode away from his rivals to score an easy win in one of the best credentialed Caulfield Guineas trials, then...

The six weeks are upon us when horse racing rules

Michael Lynch With the footy run and won, in Victoria, at least, and the cricket yet to come, now is racing's time in the sun.

Buffering wins the group 1 Moir Stakes

Damian Browne rides Buffering to victory in the group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Michael Lynch Queensland champion Buffering has handed Lankan Rupee his second straight defeat at Moonee Valley, beating him in the Group One Moir Stakes.

Almalad gives Gai Waterhouse third straight win in Stutt Stakes

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse is in danger of being investigated by the ACCC, such is her recent monopoly of the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley, one of the key trials for the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox...

racing

Wells heads off Bashboy's historic steeplechase bid

John Allen riding Wells (right) in the Grand National Steeplechase.

Michael Lynch Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first. 

Horseracing

Weir's the champ, but stats reveal unsung duo scores highly

Darren Weir has done something few thought possible in the modern era, winning both the metropolitan and country training premierships without having a city base.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir has rightly been saluted for his breakout season in winning the Victorian trainers' title.

Horse racing

Australian racing could learn from English backwater

Michael Lynch Major racedays aside - and that tends to mean the blockbusters of the Melbourne spring and Sydney autumn carnivals - Australian racecourses seem to have problems in attracting fans to ordinary...

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Horseracing

Stayers get stage to shine

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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

Griffiths hoping to break his G1 hoodoo

That's my girl: Girl In Flight wins at Caulfield in November. She will run in the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Cranbourne horseman Robbie Griffiths has been training for more than 20 years but has yet to land a group 1.

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.

Horse Racing

'Bool brings hope and belief to jumping fraternity

A section of the crowd that turned up for the carnival.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons summed it up perfectly in a tweet he sent out in the wake of perhaps the most successful Warrnambool carnival ever.

Horse Racing

King for the day as Price savours low hanging fruit and Boss doubles up

SPORT, HORSE RACING. Relaxed and Happy (red and yellow colours) ridden by Nash Rawiller wins the 2nd race at Rosehill , 20 July 2013. 
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Michael Lynch Training horses to produce their best on raceday is only one part of a trainer's job description.

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

Weir chases the dream of one win that keeps getting away

Mays Dream and Kirramosa

Michael Lynch Darren Weir has steadily climbed the training ranks over the past 15 years.

More ground must be found

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Michael Lynch Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse always has plenty to say when it comes to racing. After a lifetime's experience in the industry, there are few people with a better all-round view of the sport, and...

Horse racing

MRC considers a series of distance races for stayers

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Michael Lynch Victoria's bid to boost the status of staying races in this country could get a further fillip.

Horse racing

Racing Victoria set for cost-cutting measures

Gambling, racing and RVL.

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria is trapped between spiralling costs and stagnant gambling revenue.

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