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

Waller grabs another Group 1 as Sacred Falls wins Doncaster

Michael Lynch Jockey of the moment Tommy Berry added the Doncaster Mile to his Golden Slipper triumph when he brought home outsider Sacred Falls to victory in the $2 million Randwick classic on Saturday afternoon.

Horse racing

Fiorente eyes Ascot after sensational return to track in Peter Young Stakes

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente made a sensational return to racing with a last-gasp win in the group 2 Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday - a victory which could launch a globetrotting career...

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.

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

Fiorente and Green Moon stage stirring battle in the Australian Cup

Damien Oliver riding Fiorente

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup has long since ceased to be a race for mere staying handicappers, and few races illustrate that better than Saturday's Australian Cup.

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.

Horse Racing

Fillies thoughts turn to ... black type

Trainer Mick Kent.

Michael Lynch It's autumn, that time of year when the minds of the owners and trainers of good quality fillies and mares turn to thoughts of... black type.

Horse Racing

Weir just mad about Harry Coffey

Laughing: Harry Coffey has been riding a steady stream of winners.

Michael Lynch Riding racehorses is hard enough to do when you are fully fit, never mind when you are managing a chronic illness.

Horseracing

Stayers get stage to shine

Racing.

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

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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horse's head

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

Maloney's career taking flight

Ryan Maloney salutes Sertorius' Zipping Classic win.

Michael Lynch The last few weeks have been good for jockey Ryan Maloney.

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...

Horse Racing

Local trainers shun top Hong Kong jockeys

Generuc racing

Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Bid to woo top jockeys to Caulfield for Saturday's blockbuster meeting met with indifference.

Horseracing

Different Guineas the targets for Gregers and Cauthen

Gregers

Michael Lynch The Caulfield Guineas and the fillies' equivalent, the Thousand Guineas, are still seven weeks away.

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.

Quiet achiever Arnold weighs in with a select book down south

Steven Arnold

Michael Lynch In the days when he was dominating English racing, legendary jockey Lester Piggot - who many rate as the best rider to have climbed into a saddle anywhere - was said to exist on a diet of a cigar, a...

Horse Racing

Arnold at the height of his powers

Think big: Steven Arnold's triumphs on So You Think in the 2010 spring began with the Memsie Stakes.

Michael Lynch The Memsie Stakes brings golden memories, writes Michael Lynch.

Horse Racing

Tony Vasil subject of Racing Victoria probe

Trainer Tony Vasil.

Michael Lynch Trainer Tony Vasil the subject of a Racing Victoria stewards probe after he allegedly assaulted a partially-sighted stablehand at the Caulfield racecourse on Friday.