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

Anatina earns a crack at Robert Sangster Stakes

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon’s flying filly Anatina now considered a winning chance at 1200 metres.

Horse racing

David Hayes aims Zululand at Sydney after Sires Produce win

Stephen Baster riding Zululand.

Michael Lynch Expensive yearling comes from off the pace to show he will excel at longer distances.

Horse racing

Flying filly Anatina had a long-term date with a Japanese stallion

Craig Williams on Anatina

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon's flying filly Anatina has a long-term date with star Japanese stallion Deep Impact.

David Hayes hoping to return to glory days

David Hayes.

Michael Lynch David Hayes is hoping a host of promising youngsters can help propel him back to the top of the tree.

Horse Racing

Kav's girl ups stakes as next Black Caviar

Top flight: Michael Rodd lets Atlantic Jewel stride away.

Michael Lynch In Atlantic Jewel, racing has a worthy contender to replace the great one.

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.

Triumph stirs emotions

Hvasstan, Glen Boss up,  beats Electric Fusion to the line.

Michael Lynch Peter Gelagotis fights back tears of joy and grief to welcome back Norman Robinson Stakes winner.

Perry finds Hidden treasure

Hidden Warrior

Michael Lynch Newcastle trainer was once a frequent and successful visitor to Melbourne.

Horse racing

Gelagotis bullish about Derby hopeful Hvasstan

Hvasstan.

Michael Lynch, Moe Moe trainer Peter Gelagotis goes into this Saturday's Victoria Derby brimming with confidence after his contender Hvasstan produced what the trainer described as "top quality" work in his final...

Racing

Derby dream a family affair for Gelagotis boys

Derby ace: Hvasstan and Michael Gelagotis, the son of trainer Peter Gelagotis, at their Moe stables.

Michael Lynch Hvasstan could have the town of Moe celebrating after the Victoria Derby.

All Too Hard makes cup an easier target

Trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Patrick Bartley and Michael Lynch All Too Hard appears to have a mortgage on Saturday's $500,000 Australian Guineas.

Horse Racing

Super Cool wins thrilling Australian Cup

Michael Rodd

Michael Lynch Mark Kavanagh's star three-year-old Super Cool ($5) put himself into elite company with a scintillating victory under Michael Rodd in the $1 million Australian Cup, seeing off another top-line...

Horse Racing

Brothers salute at Valley

Hvasstan defeats Sheer Talent.

Michael Lynch Few people celebrate a winner with quite as much gusto as the Gelagotis brothers from Moe.

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.

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.

Horseracing

O'Shea learns that fresh is best after Sea Siren fails to fire

John O'Shea

Michael Lynch You can't burn the candle at both ends - unless, perhaps, you have a superhorse. And good as she might be, John O'Shea's gallant group 1-winning mare Sea Siren is not a superhorse.

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,...

Safeguard makes it three in a row

Michael Lynch Darley colt Safeguard just held on to his unbeaten record when he kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a nose win over David Hayes' luckless Fast 'n' Rocking in the 1100-metre Vain Stakes.

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.

Sydney looms for Hayes' colt

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31:  Brett Prebble riding Fast'n'Rocking defeats Steven Arnold riding Prince Harada in the H.D.F.McNeill Stakes  during Melbourne racing at Caulfield Racecourse on August 31, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Fast 'n' Rocking and Prince Harada could be two of the best three-year-old colts we will see this spring. But making any clear judgment about their relative merits will have to wait for another day.