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

Damien Oliver pilots The Offer to Ballarat Cup win

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse and Damian Oliver add another big race triumph to their list.

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

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.

Horse Racing

Michael Rodd steers Vatican to win in Doveton Stakes at Caulfield races

All the way: Michael Rodd steers Vatican to the line in the Doveton Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Sometimes it takes a while to pay someone back. Jockey Michael Rodd knows this.

Horse Racing

Trainer Darren Weir extends his lead in the Melbourne premiership with a winning treble

Rainbow Storm.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir consolidated his position at the top of the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a Boxing Day treble at Caulfield.

Racing

Heat not to blame for death of filly Kiss A Rose at Caulfield, says vet

Black Caviar Trainer Peter Moody Donna Fisher watches the  champion racehorse as it was led  from its stables at Caulfied today. Age News Pic taken by John Woudstra June 5 2012

Adam Pengilly, Matt Jones, Michael Lynch There was high drama and then tragedy in the mounting yard at Caulfield on Saturday as three-year-old Kiss A Rose collapsed and died after running in the $120,000 W.J. Adams Stakes.

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Horse Racing

Irish apprentice Oisin Murphy is off to ride in Dubai

Another winner: Oisin Murphy's Irish eyes are smiling.

Michael Lynch Irish apprentice hoping he can make as big a splash in Dubai as he has in Australia.

Hors Racing

Chase The Rainbow wins Carlyon Cup despite pre-race drama at Caulfield

Trainer Rick Hore-Lacy with Chase the Rainbow.

Michael Lynch Enforced change of plans for trainer Rick Hore-Lacy could not prevent trouble-plagued horse from winning.

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

Fiorente returns to racing in style at Caulfield

Fiorente

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup winner makes a sensational return to racing with a last-gasp win.

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

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

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.

Horse Racing

Rider on the storm

Damien Oliver rides Showmya Miss in Geelong on September 13, the day he returned to racing.

Michael Lynch A disgraced jockey has returned in a rich vein of form, writes Michael Lynch.

Horse Racing

Tourneur is back again in quest to reach the summit

Dom Tourneur.

Michael Lynch Twelve months ago Adelaide-based jockey Dom Tourneur was probably the most disappointed rider of the spring carnival.

Racing

Melham must cool heels as stewards continue crackdown

Ben Melham

Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch Ben Melham has joined the growing list of top jockeys sidelined after he was outed by Racing Victoria stewards at the Geelong Cup meeting.

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History can't dampen O'Brien's enthusiasm

Danny O'Brien

Michael Lynch Records are meant to be broken. Three-year-olds have had an ordinary record in the Cox Plate in the past three decades, and no maiden has won the weight-for-age championship of Australasia.

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...

Soccer

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.