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

Don't mess with the Derby

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...

Horse racing

Simenon is safe in Cup

Simenon

Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch The owners of Simenon were relieved to hear that their tough stayer had moved up to No.22.

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.

Racing

Magical moment from a magnificent obsession

Michael Lynch To describe the focus on the Melbourne Cup by the Williams family as a magnificent obsession is to merely commit a magnificent understatement.

Lloyd's dream becomes a rewarding obsession

Lloyd Williams

Michael Lynch TO DESCRIBE the Williams family's focus on the Melbourne Cup as a magnificent obsession would be a gross understatement.

For Williams, the gold Cup runneth over

Nick Williams and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Michael Lynch Lloyd Williams has spent a lifetime in pursuit of this holy, but ultimately attainable, grail.

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Horse Racing

Derby types hoping to go the distance

Fiveandahalfstar has finished second thrice in Melbourne, including in the Australian Cup, as he runs himself into fitness for Sydney.

Michael Lynch For years the critics have argued that the 2500 metres of the Victoria Derby is too far.

Horse Racing

O'Brien's colt shines in English St Leger

Trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Michael Lynch Leading Light wins the oldest English Classic race, the 2900 metre St Leger at Doncaster.

Horse Racing

Cumani tries again for Cup

Flashabck to 2011: Luca Cumani casts an eye over his Cup runner Manighar on the eve of the Melbourne Cup.

Michael Lynch Bookmakers believe English-based Italian trainer could finally break his duck with Mount Athos.

OTI group hopes to drink from spring cups

Manighar

Michael Lynch Simon O'Donnell, Terry Henderson and the OTI horse-racing syndicate know exactly how Tantalus felt.

Horse racing

Dunaden, Americain top Cup weights

Melbourne Cup.

Michael Lynch The French gallopers Dunaden and Americain will have to prove themselves the equal of the great Makybe Diva if they are to win a second Melbourne Cup.

Horseracing

Cup burden rests with the French

Cup sup: French trainer Mikel Delzangles and strapper Alexis Archard with Dunaden last year.

Michael Lynch Americain and Dunaden will have to achieve their own French revolution at Flemington in the Melbourne Cup if either are to go down in the history books as the first European-trained horse to win the...

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Cup weights expose Australia's ailing distance ranks

Michael Lynch It hardly comes as a surprise, given Australia’s emphasis on speed rather than stamina, but the top weights in the Melbourne Cup once again illustrate the paucity of staying bred horses in this...

Michael Lynch

Rodd and Kav - a double act making every post a winner

Mark Kavanagh, Michael Rodd

Michael Lynch Michael Rodd and Mark Kavanagh are making their mark, writes Michael Lynch.