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

Shamus Award takes out Australian Guineas

Michael Lynch Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.

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

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.

Horse Racing

Atlantic Jewel had galloped beautifully before breaking down

Michael Rodd riding Atlantic Jewel.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate betting turned on its head after favourite's withdrawal.

Horse Racing

Plate up for grabs as ace ruled out

Craig Newitt rides Foreteller (left) and Leith Innes rides Sacred Falls in a gallop at Breakfast with the Stars at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate thrown into turmoil and trainer Mark Kavanagh left devastated after favourite scratched.

Avdulla plans happy homecoming with flying mare

Brenton Avdulla

Michael Lynch Two former Melburnians return on Friday night with one aim - to taste group 1 victory in their home town for the first time.

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.

Cox Plate: Legends are made as Chad Schofield wins on Shamus Award

Chad  Schofield

Michael Lynch Moonee Valley promotes itself as a place where ''legends are made''. Equine legends come along occasionally.

Horse Racing

Shamus grabs piece of history

Shamus Award gets a pat from his owners.

Michael Lynch Moonee Valley promotes itself as the place where ''legends are made''.

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

Internationals disappoint in Cox Plate

Side Glance.

Michael Lynch It wasn't quite the result that Racing Victoria's international recruiter Leigh Jordon was after, but it wasn't a complete disaster either.

Horseracing

O'Brien looks to future with sprinter

Shamexpress

Michael Lynch Shamexpress draws a blank on his two-race raid on the northern hemisphere.

Horseracing

O'Brien tips Express to thrive in spring

Shamexpress

Michael Lynch Australian sprinter Shamexpress may have drawn a blank on his two-race raid in England, but trainer Danny O'Brien says the colt will learn from the experience and is optimistic the son of O'Reilly...

Horse Racing

McKenzie Stakes win sets Cauthen for Caulfield Guineas

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24:  James McDonald riding Cauthen wins the Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes  during Melbourne Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse on August 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Star Kiwi galloper Cauthen showed he was right on the Caulfield Guineas trail with a convincing win in the listed Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley.

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

Weight and see for hoops

Manighar (right) has been left in for the Caulfield Cup at the third acceptance stage.

Michael Lynch Several top jockeys will have to wait a little longer to see if weights go up for Caulfield Cup.

Horse Racing

Trainers face grilling on steroid use

Racing Victoria vet Brian Stewart

Michael Lynch Australian trainers planning to raid Royal Ascot might have to brace themselves for a grilling.

Horse Racing

Shamexpress steroid-free: trainer

Shamexpress

Michael Lynch If Shamexpress can score at the royal meeting, rivals have no grounds for suspicion.

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.

OTI group hopes to drink from spring cups

Manighar

Michael Lynch Simon O'Donnell, Terry Henderson and the OTI horse-racing syndicate know exactly how Tantalus felt.