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

David Hayes aims Zululand at Sydney after Sires Produce win

Michael Lynch Expensive yearling comes from off the pace to show he will excel at longer distances.

David Hayes hoping to return to glory days

David Hayes.

Michael Lynch David Hayes is hoping a host of promising youngsters can help propel him back to the top of the tree.

Horseracing

Stayers get stage to shine

Racing.

Michael Lynch The VRC St Leger is tucked away towards the end of the season, bookended by the Australian and South Australian derbies.

Horse Racing

King for the day as Price savours low hanging fruit and Boss doubles up

SPORT, HORSE RACING. Relaxed and Happy (red and yellow colours) ridden by Nash Rawiller wins the 2nd race at Rosehill , 20 July 2013. 
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horse's head

Michael Lynch Training horses to produce their best on raceday is only one part of a trainer's job description.

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

Home track hat-trick for Peter Moody's Spirits Dance

Spirits Dance

Michael Lynch It has taken a while for trainer Peter Moody to convince himself his consistent filly Spirits Dance is worth a bet.

Horse racing

Flying filly Anatina had a long-term date with a Japanese stallion

Craig Williams on Anatina

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon's flying filly Anatina has a long-term date with star Japanese stallion Deep Impact.

Horse racing

Anatina earns a crack at Robert Sangster Stakes

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon’s flying filly Anatina now considered a winning chance at 1200 metres.

Horse Racing

Weir revisits Dreams of Archie

Riding a wave: Darren Weir and She's Archie in 2003. Now he has high hopes for her daughter, May's Dream.

Michael Lynch Trainer still closely connected with mare who almost gave him Australian racing's biggest prize.

Horseracing

She's Archie keeps giving Weir reason to be happy

Darren Weir

Michael Lynch When 40-1 shot She's Archie nearly pulled off a huge boilover in the 2003 Melbourne Cup, beating home all bar the mighty Makybe Diva, the four-year-old mare put little-known trainer Darren Weir on...

Horse racing

Cup throws Strait a curve ball

Glen Boss Tuscan Fire

Michael Lynch Getting a start in one of Australian racing's major handicaps is hard enough, let along winning.

Horse Racing

Jet takes a shortcut on path to cup

Jet Away

Michael Lynch Three European-trained horses have won the Caulfield Cup in the past 14 years.

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

SA trainers ride high in early spring

Eclair Big Bang

Michael Lynch Though it may appear all doom and gloom over the border, Adelaide trainersare having a great spring.

Horse Racing

Moonlight Hussler prevails in Debutant Stakes

Moonlight Hussler

Michael Lynch The market is often reckoned to be the best guide in two year old races.

Horse racing

Forgotten Voice closer to Caulfield Cup start

Forgotten Voice.

Michael Lynch Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential is out of the Caulfield Cup, bringing an international hopeful closer to a start in the rich staying handicap.

Racing

Emerging stayers put to the test

Michael Lynch The sprinters have had their run.

Horse racing

Big day as young staying hopefuls push claims

Flemington Races - race 2 won by Polanski

Michael Lynch The cup always dominates Saturday's final day of the Caulfield carnival, as it should.

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...