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.


Wells heads off Bashboy's historic steeplechase bid

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

Horse racing

Paul and Peter Snowden are chasing a dream farewell from the Darley racing operation

Trainer Paul Snowden with 2010 Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper Winner Sepoy

Michael Lynch The father-and-son team will soon finish at Darley and start on their own, writes Michael Lynch.

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.

Shamus Award in Cox Plate boilover

Chad Schofield riding Shamus Award celebrates winning the Sportingbet Cox Plate during Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Michael Lynch Three-year-old Shamus Award has made all the running to win the $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

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

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...

Horse racing

John Sargent wins VRC Oaks with Kirramosa

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch When they have got a horse that's good enough the Kiwis can still do the business.

Horse racing

MRC considers a series of distance races for stayers


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


Budget buy gives Waller his chance for a missing trophy

Chris Waller

Michael Lynch He's Sydney's premier trainer and he has made an enormous impact on Australian racing since leaving New Zealand for his first hit-and-run raid Down Under 14 years ago.

Horse Racing

Man on a mission

Chris Waller

Michael Lynch Buying overseas is paying off for Chris Waller.

Croweaters can't avoid making an impact

Michael Lynch Avoid Lightning could add to the recent South Australian group one tally in Melbourne if she contests the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield later this month.

Avoid Lightning shows class for crack at top level

Avoid Lightning

Michael Lynch South Australian gallopers have punched above their weight on more than a few occasions.

All Too Hard looks a snip at $20m-plus after super display


Michael Lynch NEIL WERRETT is surely the man with the Midas touch. Not only is he the managing part-owner of wonder mare Black Caviar but he is also part of the ownership group that bought her exciting...

Horse Racing

Small fields stifling racing's growth

Greg Carpenter.

Michael Lynch Bid to increase acceptors per race and encourage owners and trainers to race their horses more.

Horse Racing

Champion mare to wander off into the sunset

Black Caviar with strapper Donna Fisher.

Michael Lynch On a grey overcast Melbourne day, the horse that has lit up racing and become a national icon took her final bow.

Godolphin scandal lifts need for universal stand on steroids

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The biggest story in racing is not the scintillating return to the track by Black Caviar's half-brother All Too Hard on Saturday, but the mounting-yard row between John Singleton and Gai...

Horse Racing

Act on sheikh's shame

Caught: Mahmood Al Zarooni was given an eight-year ban.

Michael Lynch The really important racing story is being played out on the other side of the world.

Horse Racing

Shamexpress steroid-free: trainer


Michael Lynch If Shamexpress can score at the royal meeting, rivals have no grounds for suspicion.

Horse Racing

Tinkler's reign ends with fire sale

Nathan Tinkler.

Michael Lynch Majority of owner's bloodstock interests will be sold at Magic Millions complex.

Looking easy for All Too Hard

All Too Hard

Michael Lynch Black Caviar is the undisputed queen of the Australian turf.