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 It's the time of the year when the smaller stables get the chance to shine.
Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse and Damian Oliver add another big race triumph to their list.
Michael Lynch Darley colt Safeguard just held on to his unbeaten record when he kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a nose win over David Hayes' luckless Fast 'n' Rocking in the 1100-metre Vain Stakes.
Michael Lynch Champion jumps trainer Robert Smerdon knows what it takes to make a top hurdler, and he is confident that his promising six-year-old Arch Fire will be more than competitive next season after his...
Michael Lynch Weight will stop a train, and it proved the one opponent champion steeplechaser Bashboy could not overcome on Wednesday.
Michael Lynch August is when good horses who have been spelling since summer and autumn begin to stir.
Michael Lynch For poets, April might well be the cruellest month. But for punters there is no doubt August takes that dubious honour.
Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon has forgotten more about jumps racing than most of his rival trainers know.
Michael Lynch Star hurdler Black and Bent will have to wait until Wednesday to try to set an Australian record of 10 wins in a row over jumps after Sunday's Mornington card was abandoned due to overnight rain.
Michael Lynch Black And Bent will have to wait until Wednesday to try to set an Australian record.
Michael Lynch Top jumper Black and Bent sets a new Australian record for consecutive wins over hurdles.
Michael Lynch The jumps racing season endured its first fatality at Sandown on Wednesday when seven-year-old gelding Scenic Buzz was euthanased after he came down at the last fence in the 3300-metre steeplechase.
Michael Lynch, Warnambool Brungle Cry, the impressive winner of the $100,000 Galleywood Hurdle at Warrnambool on Wednesday will now chase a $300,000 Melbourne Racing Club bonus through the winter as he tries to add several...
Michael Lynch Brungle Cry will chase a $300,000 Melbourne Racing Club bonus as he tries to add several more feature jumping races to his CV.
Michael Lynch The Cheltenham Festival in England is jump racing's holy grail, the one meeting anywhere in the world where any cross-country rider worth his salt will do almost anything to get a ride.
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 Sharkie and Michael Lynch Trainers warned to expect harsher penalties for race-day treatments from now on.
Michael Lynch Racing Victoria bosses announce initiatives to boost integrity and policing.
Michael Lynch Sandown Cup in some ways resembles what the Melbourne Cup used to look like.
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...