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 When a three-year-old takes on his elders first up in Group 1 company and runs a respectably close third, he might be expected to tighten up in the market for a classic race against his own age group...
Michael Lynch Officials deny anything untoward in A-League after revelations about Adelaide game against Victory.
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 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 Top Sydney jockey loses his irons on the well-backed Opinion and finishes last.
Michael Lynch Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.
Michael Lynch Even without facing Brazil, the challenge has been thrown down to the Socceroos.
Michael Lynch Given the strength of the opposition it probably wouldn't have mattered whether Australia was careful in what it wished for or not.
Michael Lynch A disgraced jockey has returned in a rich vein of form, writes Michael Lynch.
Michael Lynch Second big defeat has come due to a lack of planning and rebuilding.
Michael Lynch Jockeys have to keep an even closer eye on the scales than supermodels.
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 Racing Victoria is looking at what happens when the spring carnival is over.
Michael Lynch Racing Victoria did not stand down jockey Damien Oliver from a series of lucrative rides during the Melbourne spring carnival because it feared that to do so would stop him admitting that he had bet...
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, 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 If a tree falls in the jungle and no-one sees it, did it really fall? Punters say, yes.