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.

Trainer Darren Weir adds Victorian group one win with Trust In A Gust in watershed year

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.

The six weeks are upon us when horse racing rules

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.

Horse Racing

Grandma won the Cup, now it's my turn


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


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.

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

Darren Weir gets closer to trainers' title at Moonee Valley

Harry Coffey (right) riding Siwa Lady wins the Health Science Planning Consultants at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

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

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.

Boss cocky? Just a little, and why not?

Cox Plate 2012

Michael Lynch So who needs exotic foreigners when you can have a charismatic Kiwi?

Horse Racing

Man on a mission

Chris Waller

Michael Lynch Buying overseas is paying off for Chris Waller.

Hong Kong's kings of racing

Smart move: Time has vindicated jockey Frankie Dettori's decision to embrace Hong Kong 20 years ago.

Michael Lynch Once considered a racing backwater, Hong Kong has hit its straps.

Big race wins aplenty - but Boss keen to add jockeys' title to honours

Hot to trot: Glen Boss.

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.


It's horses for courses

Luke Currie Sea Lord

Michael Lynch Former champion Darwin trainer Stephen Brown has felt right at home in Melbourne's heat.

Caviar is a star of the screen as well

Black Caviar

Michael Lynch Crowd of 27,000 turned up to welcome Black Caviar back and 340,000 watched on TV.

Crowning glory: champ to join greats before trying to add to her legend


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.

Horse Racing

Black Caviar exalted

Black Caviar.

Michael Lynch Black Caviar scaled fresh heights by being inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Caviar's Hall of Fame honour

Black Caviar

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.