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.
Michael Lynch It's a long way from Warrnambool in May to a group 1 race in the Melbourne spring, but progressive stayer Banca Mo is likely to be set for a tilt at the Caulfield Cup after his impressive victory in...
Michael Lynch David Hayes had a sense of deja vu when Jet Away built on the huge impression he made winning his Australian debut at Bendigo by following up in the group 3 Easter Cup at Caulfield.
Michael Lynch For years the critics have argued that the 2500 metres of the Victoria Derby is too far.
Michael Lynch Danny O'Brien has notched up 11 metropolitan winners at the halfway point of the season.
Michael Lynch IN THE old days, jockeys regularly copped sprays from disgruntled punters.
Michael Lynch For a jockey there's never a better way to return to action than with a winner, and Craig Williams delivered in style on his first mount back in Melbourne after a two-month break riding in Japan and...
Michael Lynch Glen Boss has ticked almost all the boxes in a career in the saddle that began in the mid-1980s in country Queensland when he landed his first winner as a teenager at Gympie.
Michael Lynch NSW trainers cut a swath through the Victorian spring carnival, even though the two big cups and the Cox Plate eluded them.
Michael Lynch, Andrew Eddy and Nick McKenzie The owner of the Melbourne Cup favourite Americain, Gerry Ryan, learned yesterday afternoon that the betting storm over his big-race rider Damien Oliver was set to break.
Michael Lynch Sandown Cup in some ways resembles what the Melbourne Cup used to look like.
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.
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.
Michael Lynch Hvasstan could have the town of Moe celebrating after the Victoria Derby.
Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup is the end of an era for Frankie Dettori - his last ride for Godolphin.
Michael Lynch Some trainers run horses only where they can win, then there's Alain de Royer Dupre.
Michael Lynch Reputation of Lexus Stakes as a tip-top form reference for the Melbourne Cup boosted.
Michael Lynch It is remarkable how often winners of the VRC Oaks fail to figure as leaders of their generation.
Michael Lynch ONE man's misfortune is another man's opportunity.
Michael Lynch Globe-trotting jockey Kerrin McEvoy is making every post a winner.
Michael Lynch The best horse in the race - the original topweight, Dunaden - stormed to victory ridden by the jockey many would argue is Australia's best claimant to being counted as one of the world's best, Craig...