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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.

John Allen riding Renew (ctr) jumping before winning Race 4, The Australian Hurdle during Melbourne Racing at Sandown ...

Jumps racing gives Gold Medals and Renew a fresh lease on life

Flat bred horses. They can't jump, won't stay the distance and are wholly unsuitable for fences and hurdles. Or so say those critics of Australian jumps racing, who routinely argue that there is no place on the sporting calendar for races over obstacles, especially not at metropolitan tracks.

Liverpool fans sing before the game.

Sound and fury misplaced

Plenty of sound and fury, wailing and gnashing of teeth after Liverpool's fly-in-fly-out visit to Sydney for an exhibition game that drew responses verging from farcical to fantastic.

Victorian trainers and jockeys won seven of the eight races at Morphettville.

Victorians dominate on SA racing's Big Day

Victorian trainers and jockeys dominated – as is now so often the case – on the biggest day of the South Australian racing calendar when they won seven of the eight races.