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 In Australian racing, the fashion in recent times has been to favour younger jockeys. But the tide in Melbourne may be turning.
Michael Lynch RACING people are a forgiving bunch.
Michael Lynch Champion hoop has started on the long road to redemption,
Michael Lynch Stocks Stakes nothing more than a track gallop for emerging superstar Atlantic Jewel.
Michael Lynch Mick Price topped and tailed the opening evening of the night racing season and scored in the headline event.
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 Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and regular rider Ryan Maloney do it again.
Michael Lynch The best horse in the race - the original topweight, Dunaden - stormed to victory ridden by the jockey many would argue is Australia's best claimant to being counted as one of the world's best, Craig...
Michael Lynch ONE man's misfortune is another man's opportunity.
Michael Lynch Luke Nolen's suspension opens the door for Vlad Duric to end carnival with a bang.
Michael Lynch Heavyweight jockey book-ends the final day at Flemington with a winner in the first race and in the last.
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 Star horses are spelling, big crowds have evaporated and hype and hoopla have dropped.
Michael Sharkie and Michael Lynch Trainers warned to expect harsher penalties for race-day treatments from now on.
Michael Lynch Glen Boss has ticked almost all the boxes in a career in the saddle that began in the mid-1980s in country Queensland when he landed his first winner as a teenager at Gympie.
Michael Lynch When a young trainer is setting up in business, he needs a headline horse to make his name.
Michael Lynch Apprentice poised to put his name in the record books as first jockey to win both Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan apprentices championships.
Michael Lynch At this time of year most of Victoria's top jockeys head to Sydney, then Brisbane for the Queensland winter carnival, before taking a break in June or July as the Melbourne spring carnival looms.