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.

Quiet achiever Arnold weighs in with a select book down south

Steven Arnold

Michael Lynch In the days when he was dominating English racing, legendary jockey Lester Piggot - who many rate as the best rider to have climbed into a saddle anywhere - was said to exist on a diet of a cigar, a...

Horse Racing

Arnold at the height of his powers

Think big: Steven Arnold's triumphs on So You Think in the 2010 spring began with the Memsie Stakes.

Michael Lynch The Memsie Stakes brings golden memories, writes Michael Lynch.

Horse Racing

First 'Scobie' caps big weekend for Rodd

Michael Rodd

Michael Lynch Star jockey caps a memorable weekend with his first Scobie Breasley Medal.

Horse Racing

Kavanagh likely to separate star pair

Michael Rodd and Super Cool after the Australian Cup in March.

Michael Lynch Why win one big race when you could just as easily win two?

Horseracing

Can Jewel shine next to Caviar's record?

Easy does it: Atlantic Jewel  wins the Thousand Guineas, one of her five straight victories.

Michael Lynch Atlantic Jewel is chasing a perfect 10 as she heads to the weight-for-age championship.

Horse Racing

Atantic Jewel stretches winning streak to nine

Atlantic Jewel

Michael Lynch Stocks Stakes nothing more than a track gallop for emerging superstar Atlantic Jewel.

Horseracing

Jewel puts trainer on cloud nine

Atlantic Jewel

Michael Lynch Moonee Valley's Stocks Stakes might have been a group 2 race worth $220,000 but it was, as trainer Mark Kavanagh honestly, if rather brutally, admitted, nothing more than a track gallop for his...

Horseracing

Fiorente bolts into Cox Plate contention with incredible finish

Over the top: Nash Rawiller on Fiorente.

Michael Lynch On such a huge day for Gai Waterhouse, it should not have come as any shock that she should upset the Mark Kavanagh applecart in the Moonee Valley feature, the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, with...

Horseracing

Boss weighs up hopes and can't help smiling

Cup bound: Jockey Glen Boss is all smiles as Puissance de Lune wins at Flemington.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune has the ideal impost - 54.5 kilograms, the race-day weight carried by the past three winners - to triumph in this year's 3200-metre stamina test after...

Horse Racing

Atlantic Jewel's bubble bursts

It's a Dundeel defeats Atlantic Jewel

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...

Horse Racing

Happy hunting ground

Black Caviar sold Morphettville out this year.

Michael Lynch From this side of the border, racing in South Australia hardly looks to be in robust health.

Horseracing

Black Caviar easily makes it a double

Black Caviar

Michael Lynch Black Caviar, the queen of Australian racing, has reinforced her status as a legend of the turf by landing the title of Australian Horse of the Year for the second season in succession.

Comment

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...