Cornelius Lysaght

Horse racing correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our horse racing correspondent

About Cornelius

Cornelius joined the BBC in 1990, presenting morning racing bulletins... Read more about Cornelius Lysaght on what was then the brand new sports and children's network, Radio 5 which later became 5 live.

At the forefront of reporting racing, he has broken a string of news stories from the plane crash that nearly killed Frankie Dettori to furious reaction amongst jockeys over new whip rules.

A well-known voice on 5 live, Cornelius led the racing team to success at radio's Oscars, the Sony Awards, for coverage of the Cheltenham Festival in 2003.

He is also one of BBC Sport's most prolific exponents of Twitter.

JT McNamara

McNamara's story resonates across racing

Read full article on JT McNamara: A tribute to the much-admired Irish jockey

Former colleagues and one-time rivals who visited John Thomas - JT - McNamara when he was lying in hospital, terribly injured, in the days and weeks after his paralysing Cheltenham Festival fall, understandably found it difficult to contain their emotions.

This guy that they'd known for his fearsome reputation as one of national hunt racing's hardest, and most difficult opponents to beat, was now motionless from the neck down, and struggling at times to breathe let alone speak.

Stormy Antarctic

Stormy Antarctic 'looks fabulous'

Read full article on 2000 Guineas: Trainer Ed Walker ready for 'dream' Stormy Antarctic win

George Peckham has reason to be grateful that his friend and fellow trainer Ed Walker's preparation of well-fancied Stormy Antarctic for the Qipco 2000 Guineas has gone as smoothly as it apparently has.

Less than a week before Walker, 32, saddles the striking, chestnut-coloured colt as his first runner in any of British flat racing's Classics, he was best man at Peckham's wedding in Ireland.

Arty shot of Grand National

Stories to follow at Aintree 2016

Read full article on Grand National 2016: Many Clouds, Richard Johnson, Willie Mullins and more

As anticipation builds to Saturday's Grand National, here's a look at some highlights to watch out for.

Many Clouds: It's all about history

Records aplenty can be set by the Many Clouds team as the Oliver Sherwood-trained nine-year-old - the age group that has provided most winners, incidentally - goes for a repeat success in the £1m Crabbie's Grand National under jockey Leighton Aspell.

The horse, owned by businessman Trevor Hemmings, attempts to become the first since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 to win back-to-back runnings of the famous steeplechase, first staged in 1839. In the history of the race, seven have been successful twice, though only Abd-El-Kader (1850 and 1851), The Colonel (1869 and 1870), and Reynoldstown (1935 and 1936) have done so in consecutive seasons.

Denis O'Regan

'It's been a battle, I'm moving forward'

Read full article on Grand National: Denis O'Regan has point to prove after forgettable Cheltenham

It has to be one of the most startling stats of the jump-racing year: Denis O'Regan, for some time one of the sport's highest-rated jockeys, had just one mount at its showpiece Cheltenham Festival.

The horse in question was Ardamir, a 12-1 shot that never managed to get in a blow before being pulled up in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices Hurdle.

Jim Crowley

Versatile Crowley man for All Weather

Read full article on Jim Crowley: Former jump jockey aims for All Weather Championships flat success

Jump jockey-turned-leading flat rider Jim Crowley admits to missing the adrenalin rush provided by national hunt racing, but not the perilous lifestyle nor, I guess, the rather smaller pay packets.

Whereas once the 37-year-old would have spent the Easter holiday chasing a few hundred pounds at Carlisle or Sedgefield on the northern jumping circuit where he was based, much more lucrative wages are up for grabs at the flat's third All Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield.

Kerry Lee

New trainer Lee dreams of Aintree win

Read full article on Kerry Lee: Rookie trainer targets a dream Grand National win

There's no question that rookie trainer Kerry Lee's favourite day is Saturday.

Lee, who took over the reins of the 30-horse family training operation from her father Richard in July, has earned her growing reputation on the back of mopping up a string of valuable prizes on the highest-profile afternoon of the racing week.

Horse racing trainer Sandy Thomson riding on Seeyouatmidnight

From facing All Blacks to Cheltenham

Read full article on Cheltenham 2016: Sandy Thomson unfazed by mixing with big names

Having faced the All Blacks, Australia and France in his rugby-playing days, the prospect of tackling jump racing's biggest names at the Cheltenham Festival holds few fears for self-confessed 'little-man' trainer Sandy Thomson.

While Willie Mullins is set to exceed his 2015 raiding party of 50-plus runners over the four-day fixture, Thomson, who has care of Scotland's premier steeplechaser Seeyouatmidnight, will bring south a maximum of three contenders from his Borders base.