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 Former champion Darwin trainer Stephen Brown has felt right at home in Melbourne's heat.
Michael Lynch Banjo Paterson got it right more than 100 years ago when he penned an immortal verse.
Michael Lynch Whatever else he achieves in his training career Darren Weir can look back on 2014 as a watershed, with Trust In A Gust's win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes his latest triumph.
Michael Lynch What you see is what you get – and when you see a lightly raced three-year-old explode away from his rivals to score an easy win in one of the best credentialed Caulfield Guineas trials, then...
Michael Lynch With the footy run and won, in Victoria, at least, and the cricket yet to come, now is racing's time in the sun.
Michael Lynch Queensland champion Buffering has handed Lankan Rupee his second straight defeat at Moonee Valley, beating him in the Group One Moir Stakes.
Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse is in danger of being investigated by the ACCC, such is her recent monopoly of the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley, one of the key trials for the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox...
Michael Lynch Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first.
Michael Lynch Darren Weir has rightly been saluted for his breakout season in winning the Victorian trainers' title.
Michael Lynch Major racedays aside - and that tends to mean the blockbusters of the Melbourne spring and Sydney autumn carnivals - Australian racecourses seem to have problems in attracting fans to ordinary...
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 Cranbourne horseman Robbie Griffiths has been training for more than 20 years but has yet to land a group 1.
Michael Lynch Gotta Take Care's 67th race start in the biggest hurdle of the Warrnambool carnival could stamp him as the best dual-purpose horse in the country.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons summed it up perfectly in a tweet he sent out in the wake of perhaps the most successful Warrnambool carnival ever.
Michael Lynch Training horses to produce their best on raceday is only one part of a trainer's job description.
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 Darren Weir has steadily climbed the training ranks over the past 15 years.
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 Victoria's bid to boost the status of staying races in this country could get a further fillip.
Michael Lynch Racing Victoria is trapped between spiralling costs and stagnant gambling revenue.