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

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

Moment Of Change wins the Orr Stakes for Peter Moody

Moment Of Change

Michael Lynch Tough, honest, more-than-useful sprinter has shrugged off his relatively humble origins.

Horse Racing

Darren Weir gets closer to trainers' title at Moonee Valley

Harry Coffey (right) riding Siwa Lady wins the Health Science Planning Consultants at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Country trainer Darren Weir tightens his grip on the Victorian metropolitan trainers' premiership with a hat-trick at Moonee Valley.

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

Shamus Award takes out Australian Guineas

Craig Williams riding Shamus Award.

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

Horse Racing

Kiss A Rose collapses, dies after race at Caulfield

Trainer Peter Moody (right) and MRC vets help Kiss A Rose after she collapsed in the mounting yard at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Three-year-old filly Kiss A Rose collapsed and died after running in the $120,000 Robert Taranto WJ Adams Stakes.

Horse Racing

Shamal Wind fantastic at Caulfield

Ryan Maloney rides Shamal Wind to victory ahead of Andrew Mallyon on General Truce.

Michael Lynch Some horses are fantastic at one course, and awful everywhere else.

Horse Racing

Tony Vasil subject of Racing Victoria probe

Trainer Tony Vasil.

Michael Lynch Trainer Tony Vasil the subject of a Racing Victoria stewards probe after he allegedly assaulted a partially-sighted stablehand at the Caulfield racecourse on Friday.

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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Laing slays Darley dragon as Polanski pounds to Derby victory

Race 6 Victoria Derby winner Polanski ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Michael Lynch Can it truly be a fairytale story if it barely counts as a surprise?

Horse Racing

Rawiller salutes after a torrid test

Nash Rawiller on Opinion.

Michael Lynch Top Sydney jockey loses his irons on the well-backed Opinion and finishes last.

Horse Racing

Wynnes break drought

Electric Fusion

Michael Lynch It's the time of the year when the smaller stables get the chance to shine.

Safeguard makes it three in a row

Michael Lynch Darley colt Safeguard just held on to his unbeaten record when he kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a nose win over David Hayes' luckless Fast 'n' Rocking in the 1100-metre Vain Stakes.

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...

Mr O'Ceirin boosts trainer and seals his place in Caulfield Cup

Michael Lynch Young trainer Ciaron Maher's star has been on a gradual upward curve for the past half-dozen years - and his career could get a massive boost over the next month through the exploits of a galloper...

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Horse Racing

Black Caviar chalks up award hat-trick as nation's best

Black Caviar.

Michael Lynch She only set foot on the track three times during the last Australian racing season and has been retired for six months.

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

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

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

First 'Scobie' caps big weekend for Rodd

Michael Rodd

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