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

Paul and Peter Snowden are chasing a dream farewell from the Darley racing operation

Michael Lynch The father-and-son team will soon finish at Darley and start on their own, writes Michael Lynch.


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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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

Paximadia returns to form to win Carbine Club Stakes

Kerrin McEvoy takes Paximadia to the front.

Michael Lynch Peter Snowden's colt Paximadia is like most adolescents - fundamentally sound and decent - but with a tendency to sulk if they don't get their own way.

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

No cup glory, but Rawiller's cup still full

Nash Rawiller

Michael Lynch With six booked rides, Nash Rawiller might find that virtue brings further rewards.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller's Melbourne challenge

Michael Lynch CHRIS Waller winning the metropolitan Melbourne trainers premiership?

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

Epaulette wins Guineas Prelude comfortably


Michael Lynch Pierro may be all the rage for the Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate, but the horse who has come closest to beating Gai Waterhouse's boom colt, Epaulette, showed that he will be a rival to reckon with...

McEvoy riding high on home ground

Winning smile: Kerrin McEvoy returns to scale after winning the Herbert Power Stakes on import Shahwardi last weekend.

Michael Lynch Globe-trotting jockey Kerrin McEvoy is making every post a winner.

Luck rains on rich and poor alike at Flemington

The crowds at Flemington watch the Momentum Energy Stakes.

Michael Lynch All men are equal on the turf - and under it. It has been proved true again at Flemington.

Horse Racing

Classic final day for spring carnival

Tanby, ridden by Nic Hall.

Michael Lynch Highlights from a great day's racing at Sandown, with big fields and close results delivering an apt finale to the spring carnival.

Spectre of stars haunts Manfred winner

Michael Lynch Whether Peter Moody's lightly raced gelding Royal Haunt can aspire to such exalted status remains to be seen, but the manner in which the $3.

Horse Racing

Royal Haunt destined for greater things

Royal Haunt

Michael Lynch Names such as Denman, Mosheen, Nicconi, have won the Manfred Stakes since 2005.

Horse Racing

Murtagh the boss, now

Jockey Glen Boss.

Michael Lynch There may not be any Australian-trained horses at the Dubai World Cup this weekend, but that doesn't mean local interest is not warranted.

Horse Racing

Messara basks in cup glory

Class act: Animal Kingdom wins the Dubai World Cup

Michael Lynch Local industry will receive major boost from victory of Animal Kingdom in world's richest race.

Guelph overwhelms Overreach

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse's brilliant Golden Slipper winner Overreach looked unbeatable as she went for the second leg of the two-year-olds' triple crown in the group 1 Sires' Produce Stakes, and punters who...

Horse Racing

Nolen says thanks for the ride

Black Caviar ridden by Luke Nolen.

Michael Lynch and Chris Roots Like Jim Pike and Phar Lap, Luke Nolen, the rider who partnered Black Caviar to 22 of her 25 successes, will forever be associated with the great mare.

Horse Racing

RV keen to revisit steroid rules

Mahmood Al Zarooni (centre) is followed by reporters as he leaves a disciplinary hearing at the British Horseracing Authority in central London on Thursday.

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria will push for a re-examination of Australian rules on anabolic steroids.

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.