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 Young trainer Ciaron Maher's star has been on a gradual upward curve for the past half-dozen years - and his career could get a massive boost over the next month through the exploits of a galloper...
Michael Lynch Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential is out of the Caulfield Cup, bringing an international hopeful closer to a start in the rich staying handicap.
Michael Lynch The man who sets the weights for the Caulfield Cup is expecting three or four overseas raiders to mount a challenge for the $2.5 million prize next month.
Michael Lynch White, grey sash and pink-striped sleeves are forever synonymous with Caulfield Cup day. They were the silks worn by the champion Might And Power when he blitzed the field with an all-the-way...
Michael Lynch Cox Plate betting turned on its head after favourite's withdrawal.
Michael Lynch Cox Plate thrown into turmoil and trainer Mark Kavanagh left devastated after favourite scratched.
Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch Ben Melham has joined the growing list of top jockeys sidelined after he was outed by Racing Victoria stewards at the Geelong Cup meeting.
Michael Lynch Nigel Blackiston knows what's needed to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.
Michael Lynch Here are some eternal truths about the Melbourne Spring carnival: the weather will be changeable; the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate will be labelled "the worst ever"; the Melbourne Cup will be...
Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch The owners of Simenon were relieved to hear that their tough stayer had moved up to No.22.
Michael Lynch Can it truly be a fairytale story if it barely counts as a surprise?
Michael Lynch One old-fashioned Cup runner stands out from the crowd, writes Michael Lynch.
Michael Lynch Darren Weir has steadily climbed the training ranks over the past 15 years.
Michael Lynch Why win one big race when you could just as easily win two?
Michael Lynch Dermot Weld-trained Voleuse De Coeurs not coming to Australia for Melbourne Cup.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune has the ideal impost - 54.5 kilograms, the race-day weight carried by the past three winners - to triumph in this year's 3200-metre stamina test after...
Michael Lynch Atlantic Jewel will have to be at her best to take her unbeaten run to 10.
Michael Lynch Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse always has plenty to say when it comes to racing. After a lifetime's experience in the industry, there are few people with a better all-round view of the sport, and...
Michael Lynch Getting a start in one of Australian racing's major handicaps is hard enough, let along winning.
Michael Lynch Three European-trained horses have won the Caulfield Cup in the past 14 years.