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 all sport, drugs are a problem. For racing, they could become an existential one.
Michael Lynch LIcensed jockeys cannot involve themselves in punting anywhere in the world.
Michael Lynch Having set the betting dog running, the stewards have no option but to pursue the quarry.
Michael Lynch Top trainer Robert Smerdon has been found guilty of engaging in conduct prejudicial to the image of racing and been fined $10,000.
Michael Lynch RVL chairman says jockey within his rights to say nothing during investigation.
Michael Lynch ONLY the top-range apprentices manage to ride out their claim in the city, perhaps one in 10 of their generation.
Michael Lynch Only the top-range apprentices manage to outride their claim in the city, perhaps one in 10 of their generation.
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 Lynch If a tree falls in the jungle and no-one sees it, did it really fall? Punters say, yes.
Michael Lynch Damien Oliver is never more comfortable or composed than when he is in the saddle.
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 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 Some trainers run horses only where they can win, then there's Alain de Royer Dupre.
Michael Lynch All men are equal on the turf - and under it. It has been proved true again at Flemington.
Michael Lynch With overseas raiders dominating the order of entry and betting for the Melbourne Cup, Australia could certainly do with a home grown standard-bearer - even if he is a recovered crock who has battled...
Michael Lynch Group One winners can come from anywhere - even from unfashionable Saturday provincial meetings in far flung locations. Like Murtoa.
Michael Lynch Victoria's Thoroughbred Racing Awards night has as much capacity for intrigue and surprise as the Brownlows.