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

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

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

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

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.

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

Broken just too tough

Luke Nolan rides Broken (left) to victory in the Aurie's Star Handicap ahead of Craig Williams on Temple of Boom and Peter Mertens on Cavallo Nero.

Michael Lynch August is when good horses who have been spelling since summer and autumn begin to stir.


Winter-fit Broken conquers spring's blow-ins

Rosehill Races

Michael Lynch For poets, April might well be the cruellest month. But for punters there is no doubt August takes that dubious honour.

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.

Horse Racing

Smerdon pair has trainer jumping for joy

Trainer Robert Smerdon.

Michael Lynch Champion jumps trainer Robert Smerdon knows what it takes to make a top hurdler, and he is confident that his promising six-year-old Arch Fire will be more than competitive next season after his...

Horse racing

Magic shines to get jump on Bashboy

Michael Lynch Weight will stop a train, and it proved the one opponent champion steeplechaser Bashboy could not overcome on Wednesday.

Jumps Racing

Brungle Cry wins Galleywood Hurdle

Brungle Cry

Michael Lynch, Warnambool Brungle Cry, the impressive winner of the $100,000 Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool on Wednesday will now chase a $300,000 Melbourne Racing Club bonus through the winter as he tries to add several...


Rich bonus nothing to Cry about

Brungle Cry, ridden by Steven Pateman.

Michael Lynch Brungle Cry will chase a $300,000 Melbourne Racing Club bonus as he tries to add several more feature jumping races to his CV.

Black and Bent made to wait for record tilt

Gary Stevens

Michael Lynch Star hurdler Black and Bent will have to wait until Wednesday to try to set an Australian record of 10 wins in a row over jumps after Sunday's Mornington card was abandoned due to overnight rain.

Horse Racing

Star hurdler's bid for record delayed

Black And Bent has not raced over obstacles since winning at Warrnambool last May.

Michael Lynch Black And Bent will have to wait until Wednesday to try to set an Australian record.

Horse Racing

Black and Bent jumps into history

Black and Bent.

Michael Lynch Top jumper Black and Bent sets a new Australian record for consecutive wins over hurdles.

Smerdon confident a new spring has returned to jumps racing

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon has forgotten more about jumps racing than most of his rival trainers know.

Durden out to strike again

Generuc racing

Michael Lynch If trainers can average a winner for every six or seven runners they can feel pleased with their strike rate.

Horse Racing

Stars align for night of nights

Contender: Black Caviar with Luke Nolen in the saddle.

Michael Lynch Victoria's Thoroughbred Racing Awards night has as much capacity for intrigue and surprise as the Brownlows.