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.

Age shall not weary them: senior jockeys still among the best in the business

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

Samaready romps away with the Group One Moir Stakes

winner Samaready

Michael Lynch Mick Price topped and tailed the opening evening of the night racing season and scored in the headline event.

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

Girl In Flight makes it three wins from three starts

Ryan Maloney riding Girl in Flight

Michael Lynch Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and regular rider Ryan Maloney do it again.

Le Braveheart

Craig Williams on Dunaden.

Michael Lynch The best horse in the race - the original topweight, Dunaden - stormed to victory ridden by the jockey many would argue is Australia's best claimant to being counted as one of the world's best, Craig...

Moody, Cummings give Duric shot to end carnival with a flourish

Vlad Duric

Michael Lynch ONE man's misfortune is another man's opportunity.

Duric set to grab his chance

Vlad Duric.

Michael Lynch Luke Nolen's suspension opens the door for Vlad Duric to end carnival with a bang.

Double has Arnold riding high in carnival

Eximious, ridden by Glen Boss, wins at Flemington.

Michael Lynch Heavyweight jockey book-ends the final day at Flemington with a winner in the first race and in the last.

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...


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

Liaison heats up as summer rolls around

Michael Lynch Star horses are spelling, big crowds have evaporated and hype and hoopla have dropped.

Horse Racing

Maund fined $10,000, and counts his luck

Ricky Maund.

Michael Sharkie and Michael Lynch Trainers warned to expect harsher penalties for race-day treatments from now on.

Big race wins aplenty - but Boss keen to add jockeys' title to honours

Hot to trot: Glen Boss.

Michael Lynch Glen Boss has ticked almost all the boxes in a career in the saddle that began in the mid-1980s in country Queensland when he landed his first winner as a teenager at Gympie.

Horse Racing

Sun a shining light for Kavanagh's son

Midsummer murders them: English import Midsummer Sun races away with the Peter Street Handicap.

Michael Lynch When a young trainer is setting up in business, he needs a headline horse to make his name.

Horse Racing

Young gun Schofield riding high in bid for double

Chad Schofield.

Michael Lynch Apprentice poised to put his name in the record books as first jockey to win both Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan apprentices championships.

Oliver keeps his head down, returns to winning ways

Fairfax Media writer

Michael Lynch RACING people are a forgiving bunch.

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Horse Racing

Oliver returns a winner

Back with a bang: Damien Oliver aboard Lion Of Belfort at his first ride back from disqualification.

Michael Lynch Champion hoop has started on the long road to redemption,

Horse Racing

Atantic Jewel stretches winning streak to nine

Atlantic Jewel

Michael Lynch Stocks Stakes nothing more than a track gallop for emerging superstar Atlantic Jewel.


Duric back and fired up to spring into action

Jockey Vlad Duric riding Smokin' Joey

Michael Lynch At this time of year most of Victoria's top jockeys head to Sydney, then Brisbane for the Queensland winter carnival, before taking a break in June or July as the Melbourne spring carnival looms.