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.


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

Trainer Darren Weir extends his lead in the Melbourne premiership with a winning treble

Rainbow Storm.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir consolidated his position at the top of the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a Boxing Day treble at Caulfield.

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

Hurdles helped Cooldini in lead-up to win at Flemington

Trainer Robert Smerdon.

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon has cemented his reputation as the doyen of jumping trainers in the last decade.

Horse racing

Anatina earns a crack at Robert Sangster Stakes

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon’s flying filly Anatina now considered a winning chance at 1200 metres.

Horse racing

Flying filly Anatina had a long-term date with a Japanese stallion

Craig Williams on Anatina

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon's flying filly Anatina has a long-term date with star Japanese stallion Deep Impact.

Horse Racing

Damien Oliver pilots The Offer to Ballarat Cup win

Ballarat Cup winner The Offer.

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse and Damian Oliver add another big race triumph to their list.

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.


Derby dream a family affair for Gelagotis boys

Derby ace: Hvasstan and Michael Gelagotis, the son of trainer Peter Gelagotis, at their Moe stables.

Michael Lynch Hvasstan could have the town of Moe celebrating after the Victoria Derby.

Move over, son, it's father's day in the racing spotlight

Flying Skipper

Michael Lynch John Hickmott was beaming when his son Robert prepared Green Moon to win the Melbourne Cup.

Dad's turn to be over the moon, also with a boilover win

John Hickmott

Michael Lynch JOHN HICKMOTT was beaming with pleasure when his son Robert prepared Green Moon to score in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, and he got his own moment in the spotlight on the Flemington undercard on Thursday...

Horse Racing

Imports can continue spring staying dominance

Ibicenco is one of the imported horses in the Sandown Cup.

Michael Lynch Sandown Cup in some ways resembles what the Melbourne Cup used to look like.

Racing Victoria defends timing of Oliver case

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria did not stand down jockey Damien Oliver from a series of lucrative rides during the Melbourne spring carnival because it feared that to do so would stop him admitting that he had bet...


Out for 10 months: Oliver banned for illegal bet

Jockey Damien Oliver arrives at the Racing Victoria inquiry this morning.

Michael Lynch Disgraced jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months after admitting to placing a $10,000 bet via a third party on a rival horse in a race in which he rode in 2010.

Champion jockey's 'single, isolated lapse of judgment'

Jockey Damien Oliver.

Michael Lynch DISGRACED jockey Damien Oliver has been disqualified for eight months after admitting to placing a $10,000 bet via a third party on a rival horse in a race in which he rode in 2010.

RVL vows crackdown on industry cheats

Bernard Saundry

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria bosses announce initiatives to boost integrity and policing.

Horse Racing

Maund fined $10,000, and counts his luck

Ricky Maund.

Michael Sharkie and Michael Lynch Trainers warned to expect harsher penalties for race-day treatments from now on.


Smerdon guilty, fined $10,000

Trainer Robert Smerdon.

Michael Lynch Top trainer Robert Smerdon has been found guilty of engaging in conduct prejudicial to the image of racing and been fined $10,000.

Michael Lynch

Pateman jumps at the chance to chase the holy grail

Steven Pateman.

Michael Lynch The Cheltenham Festival in England is jump racing's holy grail, the one meeting anywhere in the world where any cross-country rider worth his salt will do almost anything to get a ride.