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 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 The VRC St Leger is tucked away towards the end of the season, bookended by the Australian and South Australian derbies.
Michael Lynch In Australian racing, the fashion in recent times has been to favour younger jockeys. But the tide in Melbourne may be turning.
Michael Lynch The Orr Stakes is the first chance to see how the stars of the spring have fared after a spell.
Michael Lynch Victoria Derby form stands up in the group 2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield.
Michael Lynch Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.
Michael Lynch Atlantic Jewel will have to be at her best to take her unbeaten run to 10.
Michael Lynch Eclair Big Bang stole the show on a competitive undercard at Caulfield on Sunday.
Michael Lynch Turnbull Stakes Day traditionally regarded as crucial meeting for Cups and Cox Plate contenders.
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 and Andrew Garvey Few racing people celebrate victory with as much gusto as the Gelagotis brothers.
Michael Lynch His sire, Savabeel, recorded a career highlight on Cox Plate day when he won Australasia's greatest weight-for age-race as a three-year-old in 2004.
Michael Lynch Savvy Nature posts the best win of his career, landing the group 2 Mitchelton Vase.
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...
Michael Lynch Can it truly be a fairytale story if it barely counts as a surprise?
Michael Lynch When Victoria Derby-winning jockey Hugh Bowman was saluting the success of battling trainer Robbie Laing the day after Polanski's big-race win on Saturday, he made another point.
Michael Lynch Robbie Laing's says his Victoria Derby win could not have come at a better time.
Michael Lynch Jockey Glen Boss is almost hot enough to cause a spike in global temperatures.
Michael Lynch A tearful Peter Gelagotis hugged his son, Michael, his brother Manny and jockey Glen Boss as he fought back tears of joy and grief to welcome back Norman Robinson Stakes winner Hvasstan yesterday.
Michael Lynch Peter Gelagotis fights back tears of joy and grief to welcome back Norman Robinson Stakes winner.