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

Gotta Take Care looking the goods for Warrnambool

Michael Lynch Gotta Take Care's 67th race start in the biggest hurdle of the Warrnambool carnival could stamp him as the best dual-purpose horse in the country.

Horse racing

Star young gallopers need to step up this season

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The Orr Stakes is the first chance to see how the stars of the spring have fared after a spell.

Horse Racing

Hasan's work paying off


Michael Lynch Flemington trainer daring to dream the biggest of all dreams - a Cup win.


Boss weighs up hopes and can't help smiling

Cup bound: Jockey Glen Boss is all smiles as Puissance de Lune wins at Flemington.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune has the ideal impost - 54.5 kilograms, the race-day weight carried by the past three winners - to triumph in this year's 3200-metre stamina test after...

Horse Racing

Jewel must dazzle to beat the stars in Underwood

Class act: It's A Dundeel will take on Atlantic Jewel at Caulfield.

Michael Lynch Atlantic Jewel will have to be at her best to take her unbeaten run to 10.

Horse Racing

Black Caviar chalks up award hat-trick as nation's best

Black Caviar.

Michael Lynch She only set foot on the track three times during the last Australian racing season and has been retired for six months.

Protest loss a blow to Williams' Cup plan

Placings reversed: Sea Moon (left) beats Araldo, but lost on protest.

Michael Lynch Horses can make fools of us all. They can even win - only to wind up losers.


Relegated, but Team Williams still over the Moon

Sea Moon

Michael Lynch Horses can make fools of us all. They can even win - only to wind up losers.

Horse Racing

Grandma won the Cup, now it's my turn


Michael Lynch Nigel Blackiston knows what's needed to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.


A Vintage triumph

Tasting success: Dermot Weld with 1993 winner Vintage Crop.

Michael Lynch The Irish champion changed the Cup, but he only just made it here.

Demi more

Dear Demi, with Chris Munce aboard, finishes second to Side Glance in race five on Derby Day at Flemington.

Michael Lynch One old-fashioned Cup runner stands out from the crowd, writes Michael Lynch.

More ground must be found

Michael Lynch dinkus

Michael Lynch Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse always has plenty to say when it comes to racing. After a lifetime's experience in the industry, there are few people with a better all-round view of the sport, and...

Horse Racing

Happy hunting ground

Black Caviar sold Morphettville out this year.

Michael Lynch From this side of the border, racing in South Australia hardly looks to be in robust health.

Class pair on target for big spring races

Rekindled Interest and Linton give clear signals that they are on course for their major spring targets.

Michael Lynch While Happy Trails and Green Moon were fighting out the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes yesterday, third placegetter Rekindled Interest and fourth home Linton were giving clear signals that they were on...

Moonee Valley Wrap

Boss springs into action with a treble

On the big days it's the big players who so often rise to the top. And where jockeys are concerned there are fewer big-time players than Glen Boss.

Michael Lynch On the big days it's the big players who so often rise to the top. And where jockeys are concerned there are fewer big-time players than Glen Boss.

Horse racing

Dunaden, Americain top Cup weights

Melbourne Cup.

Michael Lynch The French gallopers Dunaden and Americain will have to prove themselves the equal of the great Makybe Diva if they are to win a second Melbourne Cup.


Cup burden rests with the French

Cup sup: French trainer Mikel Delzangles and strapper Alexis Archard with Dunaden last year.

Michael Lynch Americain and Dunaden will have to achieve their own French revolution at Flemington in the Melbourne Cup if either are to go down in the history books as the first European-trained horse to win the...


Cup weights expose Australia's ailing distance ranks

Michael Lynch It hardly comes as a surprise, given Australia’s emphasis on speed rather than stamina, but the top weights in the Melbourne Cup once again illustrate the paucity of staying bred horses in this...

Horse Racing

Folding Gear zooms in

Big plans:  Folding Gear could be aimed at the Caufield Cup after winning at the track yesterday.

Michael Lynch Caulfield track specialist Folding Gear swoops late to land the Naturalism Stakes.

Horse Racing

Double success for the Williams stable


Michael Lynch The Lloyd Williams stable’s Cups prospects leapt dramatically early on Saturday with a two state double, Mourayan taking out the Group Three Craven Plate at Randwick and Tanby scoring a narrow...