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 Star Kiwi galloper Cauthen showed he was right on the Caulfield Guineas trail with a convincing win in the listed Essendon Nissan McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Michael Lynch The father-and-son team will soon finish at Darley and start on their own, writes Michael Lynch.
Michael Lynch Racing Victoria chiefs are hoping fewer race meetings add up to more wagering as they announced plans on Wednesday to trim the fixture list but boost the number of events at each meeting.
Michael Lynch The Orr Stakes is the first chance to see how the stars of the spring have fared after a spell.
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.
Michael Lynch Records are meant to be broken. Three-year-olds have had an ordinary record in the Cox Plate in the past three decades, and no maiden has won the weight-for-age championship of Australasia.
Michael Lynch Moonee Valley promotes itself as a place where ''legends are made''. Equine legends come along occasionally.
Michael Lynch Moonee Valley promotes itself as the place where ''legends are made''.
Michael Lynch Three-year-old Shamus Award has made all the running to win the $3 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Michael Lynch For punters, classic races – in theory – should be the easiest to sort out. But there is one race that quite often proves the exception - the Victoria Derby.
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.
Michael Lynch The Caulfield Guineas and the fillies' equivalent, the Thousand Guineas, are still seven weeks away.
Michael Lynch Gregers and Cauthen stake claims for Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas.
Michael Lynch In the days when he was dominating English racing, legendary jockey Lester Piggot - who many rate as the best rider to have climbed into a saddle anywhere - was said to exist on a diet of a cigar, a...
Michael Lynch The Memsie Stakes brings golden memories, writes Michael Lynch.
Michael Lynch Fast 'n' Rocking and Prince Harada could be two of the best three-year-old colts we will see this spring. But making any clear judgment about their relative merits will have to wait for another day.
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 Why win one big race when you could just as easily win two?
Michael Lynch Mick Price topped and tailed the opening evening of the night racing season and scored in the headline event.