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 Trainer Leon Corstens rolls his eyes, smiles and throws his head back when asked just how far - literally and metaphorically - his star filly Commanding Jewel might get if she makes a full recovery...
Michael Lynch Few people celebrate a winner with quite as much gusto as the Gelagotis brothers from Moe.
Michael Lynch For years the critics have argued that the 2500 metres of the Victoria Derby is too far.
Michael Lynch Mark Kavanagh's star three-year-old Super Cool ($5) put himself into elite company with a scintillating victory under Michael Rodd in the $1 million Australian Cup, seeing off another top-line...
Michael Lynch Star three-year-old enters elite company by defeating a field of proven older horses.
Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Sydney galloper on target for Australian Cup after giving Dwayne Dunn his second winner.
Patrick Bartley and Michael Lynch All Too Hard appears to have a mortgage on Saturday's $500,000 Australian Guineas.
Michael Lynch As far as comebacks go, Lazarus is usually the benchmark of choice.
Michael Lynch Rider becomes first to win the Ballarat Cup three times in a row.
Michael Lynch Jockey says he doesn't believe the Kiwi colt has what it takes to win the classic.
Michael Lynch Reputation of Lexus Stakes as a tip-top form reference for the Melbourne Cup boosted.
Michael Lynch Cox Plate lacks only international recognition to be one of the world's most prestigious races.
Michael Lynch These days we have become used to imported gallopers dominating Australia's major cups races.
Michael Lynch It hardly comes as a surprise, given Australia’s emphasis on speed rather than stamina, but the top weights in the Melbourne Cup once again illustrate the paucity of staying bred horses in this...
Michael Lynch Champion jockey Craig Williams looks to have an embarrassment of Cups riches heading into the Melbourne Spring, with horses such as last year's Caulfield Cup heroine Southern Star and strongly...
Michael Lynch Michael Rodd and Mark Kavanagh are making their mark, writes Michael Lynch.
Michael Lynch From this side of the border, racing in South Australia hardly looks to be in robust health.
Michael Lynch Black Caviar, the queen of Australian racing, has reinforced her status as a legend of the turf by landing the title of Australian Horse of the Year for the second season in succession.
Michael Lynch If trainers can average a winner for every six or seven runners they can feel pleased with their strike rate.