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

Shamus Award drifts in betting for Australian Guines

Michael Lynch When a three-year-old takes on his elders first up in Group 1 company and runs a respectably close third, he might be expected to tighten up in the market for a classic race against his own age group...

Big-betting match rang no alarms

Victory v Adelaide, December 7, 2012

Michael Lynch Officials deny anything untoward in A-League after revelations about Adelaide game against Victory.

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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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

'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

Rawiller salutes after a torrid test

Nash Rawiller on Opinion.

Michael Lynch Top Sydney jockey loses his irons on the well-backed Opinion and finishes last.

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.

Soccer

Socceroos have drawn Spain and other top teams in their World Cup group

See you in June: Ange Postecoglou and Spain's Vincente del Bosque.

Michael Lynch Even without facing Brazil, the challenge has been thrown down to the Socceroos.

Football

World Cup 2014: Socceroos have plenty to play for in Brazil

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Michael Lynch Given the strength of the opposition it probably wouldn't have mattered whether Australia was careful in what it wished for or not.

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Horse Racing

Rider on the storm

Damien Oliver rides Showmya Miss in Geelong on September 13, the day he returned to racing.

Michael Lynch A disgraced jockey has returned in a rich vein of form, writes Michael Lynch.

Soccer

Focus must turn to Asian Cup

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Michael Lynch Second big defeat has come due to a lack of planning and rebuilding.

Horse Racing

Raise weights to give hoops a chance to shine

Michael Lynch Jockeys have to keep an even closer eye on the scales than supermodels.

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.

How to keep punters who see the stars

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Michael Lynch Racing Victoria is looking at what happens when the spring carnival is over.

Racing Victoria defends timing of Oliver case

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria did not stand down jockey Damien Oliver from a series of lucrative rides during the Melbourne spring carnival because it feared that to do so would stop him admitting that he had bet...

Racing

Out for 10 months: Oliver banned for illegal bet

Jockey Damien Oliver arrives at the Racing Victoria inquiry this morning.

Michael Lynch Disgraced jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months after admitting to placing a $10,000 bet via a third party on a rival horse in a race in which he rode in 2010.

Champion jockey's 'single, isolated lapse of judgment'

Jockey Damien Oliver.

Michael Lynch DISGRACED jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months after admitting to placing a $10,000 bet via a third party on a rival horse in a race in which he rode in 2010.

Horse Racing

'Right decision' to keep Oliver on Cup favourite: owner

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Michael Lynch, Andrew Eddy and Nick McKenzie The owner of the Melbourne Cup favourite Americain, Gerry Ryan, learned yesterday afternoon that the betting storm over his big-race rider Damien Oliver was set to break.

Bet on it, no one cares

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Michael Lynch If a tree falls in the jungle and no-one sees it, did it really fall? Punters say, yes.