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 Whatever else he achieves in his training career Darren Weir can look back on 2014 as a watershed, with Trust In A Gust's win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes his latest triumph.
Michael Lynch With the footy run and won, in Victoria, at least, and the cricket yet to come, now is racing's time in the sun.
Michael Lynch Nigel Blackiston knows what's needed to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.
Michael Lynch The Irish champion changed the Cup, but he only just made it here.
Michael Lynch Foreigners again show the locals how it's done, writes Michael Lynch.
Michael Lynch Darren Weir has steadily climbed the training ranks over the past 15 years.
Michael Lynch Darren Weir consolidated his position at the top of the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a Boxing Day treble at Caulfield.
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.
Michael Lynch Country trainer Darren Weir tightens his grip on the Victorian metropolitan trainers' premiership with a hat-trick at Moonee Valley.
Michael Lynch Cox Plate betting turned on its head after favourite's withdrawal.
Michael Lynch Cox Plate thrown into turmoil and trainer Mark Kavanagh left devastated after favourite scratched.
Michael Lynch So who needs exotic foreigners when you can have a charismatic Kiwi?
Michael Lynch Buying overseas is paying off for Chris Waller.
Michael Lynch Once considered a racing backwater, Hong Kong has hit its straps.
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 Former champion Darwin trainer Stephen Brown has felt right at home in Melbourne's heat.
Michael Lynch Crowd of 27,000 turned up to welcome Black Caviar back and 340,000 watched on TV.
Pat Bartley, Michael Lynch AUSTRALIA'S greatest sprinter Black Caviar will be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame this week while still racing - a feat even Makybe Diva could not achieve.
Michael Lynch Black Caviar scaled fresh heights by being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
Michael Lynch WONDER mare Black Caviar continues to break new ground and on Thursday night she scaled fresh heights by being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame while still an active competitor.