Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

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.

Horse Racing

Darren Weir gets closer to trainers' title at Moonee Valley

Michael Lynch Country trainer Darren Weir tightens his grip on the Victorian metropolitan trainers' premiership with a hat-trick at Moonee Valley.

Horse racing

Fiorente and Green Moon stage stirring battle in the Australian Cup

Damien Oliver riding Fiorente

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup has long since ceased to be a race for mere staying handicappers, and few races illustrate that better than Saturday's Australian Cup.

Horse Racing

Atlantic Jewel had galloped beautifully before breaking down

Michael Rodd riding Atlantic Jewel.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate betting turned on its head after favourite's withdrawal.

Horse Racing

Plate up for grabs as ace ruled out

Craig Newitt rides Foreteller (left) and Leith Innes rides Sacred Falls in a gallop at Breakfast with the Stars at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Cox Plate thrown into turmoil and trainer Mark Kavanagh left devastated after favourite scratched.

Horse Racing

Grandma won the Cup, now it's my turn

Blackiston

Michael Lynch Nigel Blackiston knows what's needed to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.

Soccer

A Vintage triumph

Tasting success: Dermot Weld with 1993 winner Vintage Crop.

Michael Lynch The Irish champion changed the Cup, but he only just made it here.

Horse Racing

Global storming as prizemoney turns into Euro cash

Hands and heels: Damien Oliver boots Fiorente (left) to victory in the 2013 Melbourne Cup.

Michael Lynch Foreigners again show the locals how it's done, writes Michael Lynch.

Horse Racing

Weir chases the dream of one win that keeps getting away

Mays Dream and Kirramosa

Michael Lynch Darren Weir has steadily climbed the training ranks over the past 15 years.

Horse Racing

Trainer Darren Weir extends his lead in the Melbourne premiership with a winning treble

Rainbow Storm.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir consolidated his position at the top of the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a Boxing Day treble at Caulfield.

All eyes on the moon down south

Mitch Freedman

Michael Lynch The spring carnival is one giant puzzle that ultimately comes together in the first week of November.

Puissance De Lune puts the thrill back into power

Mitch Freedman with Puissance de Lune

Michael Lynch All week, as he prepared his star galloper Puissance De Lune for his seasonal return in the group 2 P.B.

Horse Racing

It's almost time for spring

Eyes on Melbourne Cup: Sea Moon after a track gallop at Caulfield.

Michael Lynch Caulfield trainer Mick Price's two imports clashed in the Legacy 2013 Appeal Handicap.

Horse Racing

Grey streaks away in Cup odds

Class act: Puissance De Lune wins the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.

Michael Lynch Puissance De Lune will have to achieve what no horse has to win the Melbourne Cup.

Horse Racing

Waller's telling blow

Foreteller

Michael Lynch Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller's golden touch glitters brightly in Melbourne.

Horse Racing

Puissance odds narrow

Gerry Ryan, owner of Puissance de Lune, has a word with jockey Glen Boss after the horse finished second in the Makybe Diva Stakes.

Michael Lynch Despite defeat, bookmakers tighten Puissance De Lune's price as Melbourne Cup favourite.

Horseracing

Foreteller springs a surprise

Foreteller

Michael Lynch Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller's golden touch glitters as brightly in Melbourne as it does in his home city - and blowout galloper Foreteller, which upset Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De...

Horse Racing

Weight just right for Cup favourite

Cup bound: Jockey Glen Boss is all smiles as Puissance de Lune wins at Flemington.

Michael Lynch Puissance De Lune given ideal impost to win this year's 3200 metre staying test.

Horseracing

Boss weighs up hopes and can't help smiling

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup favourite Puissance De Lune has the ideal impost - 54.5 kilograms, the race-day weight carried by the past three winners - to triumph in this year's 3200-metre stamina test after...

Horse Racing

Weir revisits Dreams of Archie

Riding a wave: Darren Weir and She's Archie in 2003. Now he has high hopes for her daughter, May's Dream.

Michael Lynch Trainer still closely connected with mare who almost gave him Australian racing's biggest prize.

Horseracing

She's Archie keeps giving Weir reason to be happy

Darren Weir

Michael Lynch When 40-1 shot She's Archie nearly pulled off a huge boilover in the 2003 Melbourne Cup, beating home all bar the mighty Makybe Diva, the four-year-old mare put little-known trainer Darren Weir on...