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 young trainer is setting up in business, he needs a headline horse to make his name.
Michael Lynch For all sport, drugs are a problem. For racing, they could become an existential one.
Michael Lynch Flamboyant trainer Gai Waterhouse entertains a capacity crowd of Warrnambool women at the first day of the famous country racing carnival, putting the More Joyous affair behind her.
Michael Lynch Waterhouse watchers had a field day at Warrnambool on Tuesday as the first lady of racing, who is at the centre of a he-said, she-said storm with prominent owner John Singleton, entertained a...
Michael Lynch Anything you can do I can do better. That might have been the message from Chris Waller's crack filly Royal Descent to last week's Australian Derby winner It's A Dundeel after she spreadeagled the...
Michael Lynch LIcensed jockeys cannot involve themselves in punting anywhere in the world.
Michael Lynch David Hayes had a sense of deja vu when Jet Away built on the huge impression he made winning his Australian debut at Bendigo by following up in the group 3 Easter Cup at Caulfield.
Michael Lynch Racing Victoria is stepping up its campaign to stamp out racing's cheats by drafting two experienced police officers, including one from the Purana taskforce.
Michael Lynch Having set the betting dog running, the stewards have no option but to pursue the quarry.
Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Sydney galloper on target for Australian Cup after giving Dwayne Dunn his second winner.
Michael Lynch Former champion Darwin trainer Stephen Brown has felt right at home in Melbourne's heat.
Michael Lynch Ben Melham can vouch for boxing training as a way of shedding pounds in a hurry.
Michael Lynch Racing Victoria bosses announce initiatives to boost integrity and policing.
Michael Lynch Racing cheats will be caught, no matter how hard they try to break the rules.
Michael Lynch RACING VICTORIA chiefs say trainers who try to cheat integrity investigators will be caught, and that no counter-surveillance measures will prevent it.
Michael Sharkie and Michael Lynch Trainers warned to expect harsher penalties for race-day treatments from now on.
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.