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

Atlantic Jewel's bubble bursts

Michael Lynch The Atlantic Jewel bubble burst in agonisingly narrow fashion at Caulfield on Saturday when Kiwi raider Its a Dundeel ran her down in the shadows of the post to score a brilliant victory in the Group...

Horse racing

Trainer's second chance

Robert Heathcote

Michael Lynch Robert Heathcote had to look on in frustration as Buffering had to play second fiddle at group 1 level once again.

Horse Racing

Kav's girl ups stakes as next Black Caviar

Top flight: Michael Rodd lets Atlantic Jewel stride away.

Michael Lynch In Atlantic Jewel, racing has a worthy contender to replace the great one.

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.

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

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...


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...

Jockey Craig Williams to ride cup champ Dunaden

Craig Williams.

Michael Lynch Champion jockey Craig Williams looks to have an embarrassment of Cups riches heading into the Melbourne Spring, with horses such as last year's Caulfield Cup heroine Southern Star and strongly...

Michael Lynch

Rodd and Kav - a double act making every post a winner

Mark Kavanagh, Michael Rodd

Michael Lynch Michael Rodd and Mark Kavanagh are making their mark, writes Michael Lynch.

Horse Racing

Want a cups tip? Bet on foreigners

Import Green Moon wins the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington for owner Lloyd Williams.

Michael Lynch These days we have become used to imported gallopers dominating Australia's major cups races.

Plate full, but it is no Cup or Arc

Grandera (in blue) finishes third behind Northerly in the 2002 Cox Plate.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate lacks only international recognition to be one of the world's most prestigious races.


Favourite won't win classic: Boss

Glen Boss

Michael Lynch Jockey says he doesn't believe the Kiwi colt has what it takes to win the classic.

High stakes but Kelinni toughs it out

Michael Lynch Reputation of Lexus Stakes as a tip-top form reference for the Melbourne Cup boosted.


Rawiller in treble heaven on Diamond

Jockey Brad Rawiller riding Commanding Time to win the Programmed Property Services handicap at Moonee Valley.24th November 2012, THE AGE.Picture by Mal Fairclough

Michael Lynch Rider becomes first to win the Ballarat Cup three times in a row.

Horse Racing

Sprinter's comeback up there with Lazarus

Undeniably wins Christmas Stakes

Michael Lynch As far as comebacks go, Lazarus is usually the benchmark of choice.

Waller believes Foreteller can make the cup grade


Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Sydney galloper on target for Australian Cup after giving Dwayne Dunn his second winner.

All Too Hard makes cup an easier target

Trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Patrick Bartley and Michael Lynch All Too Hard appears to have a mortgage on Saturday's $500,000 Australian Guineas.

Horse Racing

Super Cool wins thrilling Australian Cup

Michael Rodd

Michael Lynch Mark Kavanagh's star three-year-old Super Cool ($5) put himself into elite company with a scintillating victory under Michael Rodd in the $1 million Australian Cup, seeing off another top-line...

Horse Racing

Super Cool as a winner

Michael Lynch Star three-year-old enters elite company by defeating a field of proven older horses.