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

Moment Of Change wins the Orr Stakes for Peter Moody

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

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.

Trainer Darren Weir adds Victorian group one win with Trust In A Gust in watershed year

Damian Lane riding Trust In A Gust and Ben Melham on Dissident fight it out at the finish of the Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup at Caulfield on Sunday. Lane's mount prevailed.

Michael Lynch Whatever else he achieves in his training career Darren Weir can look back on 2014 as a watershed, with Trust In A Gust's win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes his latest triumph.

The six weeks are upon us when horse racing rules

Michael Lynch With the footy run and won, in Victoria, at least, and the cricket yet to come, now is racing's time in the sun.

Rich Enuff, Afleet Esprit stamp strong Guineas credentials

Michael Rodd rides Rich Enuff to victory in the Beck Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday.

Michael Lynch What you see is what you get – and when you see a lightly raced three-year-old explode away from his rivals to score an easy win in one of the best credentialed Caulfield Guineas trials, then...

Horseracing

Weir's the champ, but stats reveal unsung duo scores highly

Darren Weir has done something few thought possible in the modern era, winning both the metropolitan and country training premierships without having a city base.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir has rightly been saluted for his breakout season in winning the Victorian trainers' title.

Horse Racing

'Bool brings hope and belief to jumping fraternity

A section of the crowd that turned up for the carnival.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons summed it up perfectly in a tweet he sent out in the wake of perhaps the most successful Warrnambool carnival ever.

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

Gotta Take Care looking the goods for Warrnambool

Gotta Take Care is a top notcher over obstacles, as his status at the head of weights affairs in the Galleywood attests.

Michael Lynch Gotta Take Care's 67th race start in the biggest hurdle of the Warrnambool carnival could stamp him as the best dual-purpose horse in the country.

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.

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

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

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.