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

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

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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

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...

Maluckyday has eyes on the main prize

Maluckyday has endured setback after setback, forcing him to miss carnival after carnival.

Michael Lynch With overseas raiders dominating the order of entry and betting for the Melbourne Cup, Australia could certainly do with a home grown standard-bearer - even if he is a recovered crock who has battled...

Kelinni in last-gasp dash into Cup

Cup bound: Kelinni earns a start in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup with a game win in the Lexus Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Kelinni keeps the Cup dream alive for Sydney's premier trainer Chris Waller.

There's simply no one like Frankie

LIVORNO, ITALY - NOVEMBER 19:  Jockey Umberto Rispoli celebrates on his ride Sweet Home after equalling the Italian record of 229 wins in a season at Federico Caprilli Racecourse on November 19, 2009 in Livorno, Italy. The previous record had been held since 1982 by Gianfranco Dettori.  (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup is the end of an era for Frankie Dettori - his last ride for Godolphin.

Horse Racing

Classic final day for spring carnival

Tanby, ridden by Nic Hall.

Michael Lynch Highlights from a great day's racing at Sandown, with big fields and close results delivering an apt finale to the spring carnival.

Horse racing

How tweet it is: blistering form silences critics

Brad Rawiller

Michael Lynch IN THE old days, jockeys regularly copped sprays from disgruntled punters.

Horse Racing

Black Caviar exalted

Black Caviar.

Michael Lynch Black Caviar scaled fresh heights by being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Caviar's Hall of Fame honour

Black Caviar

Michael Lynch WONDER mare Black Caviar continues to break new ground and on Thursday night she scaled fresh heights by being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame while still an active competitor.

Horse Racing

A race meeting that won't be the same

Sir Henry Cecil.

Michael Lynch Imagine Melbourne Cup week at Flemington without the master, Bart Cummings. Its almost unthinkable given that Cummings has been part of the Spring Carnival pageantry for more than 60 years.