Cornelius Lysaght

BBC 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.

Richard Johnson on Coneygree at Newbury

The Cheltenham Gold Cup dilemma

Read full article on Cheltenham Festival 2015: The Coneygree conundrum

Tradition has it that the Grand National at Aintree has something of a monopoly on racing fairytales.

True, in the modern era, the winning stories of Aldaniti and Bob Champion, Corbiere and Jenny Pitman and Don't Push It, ridden by AP McCoy, became some of sport's, let alone racing's, great headline-grabbers.

Culloty going for golden double

Read full article on Jim Culloty eyes Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National double

Jim Culloty won't be arguing with any theories about form being temporary and class permanent.

The winning jockey in a trio of Cheltenham Gold Cups on the great Best Mate now trains in his native Ireland, and is yet to saddle a loser at National Hunt's showpiece occasion in March.

Sherwood seeks Cheltenham triumph

Read full article on Oliver Sherwood's revival helped by Many Clouds' good form

Pride of place amongst the stack of congratulatory cards and emails received by Oliver Sherwood following the Hennessy Gold Cup win of Many Clouds goes to one from fellow trainer David Pipe.

An elaborately designed note sent by Pipe and his retired, 15-time champion-trainer father Martin, declares: "You can't keep a good man down."

Comeback for 'James Bond of racing'

Read full article on Sprinter Sacre: Timing is perfect for his return - Nicky Henderson

Trainer Nicky Henderson is hopeful that Sprinter Sacre will make a successful return to the track, but insists "it's not the end of the world" if he suffers defeat.

Despite concerns about the rain-soaked going at Ascot, Britain's highest-rated chaser is all set to compete for the first time in nearly 13 months in Saturday's Sodexo Clarence House Chase.

Good, bad & bizarre - 2014 in racing

Read full article on The good, the bad & the bizarre - 2014 in horse racing

This was the year top British Flat jockey Ryan Moore went global.

A total of 19 wins at racing's highest level in eight different countries over the 12 months to mid-November made the Brighton-born 31-year-old the outstanding international rider. Most significant were two successes in Australia, notably in the Melbourne Cup on Protectionist.

King George VI Chase wide open

Read full article on King George VI Chase: Kempton card most competitive for years

It looks like as wide-open a staging of jump racing's King George VI Chase as there has been for a bit, one of those occasions when you could go into the pub, tip one of five or six and not look ridiculous.

And do not take my word for it, jockey Ruby Walsh, looking for his sixth win after five on the great Kauto Star, has two words to describe jump racing's William Hill-sponsored mid-season championship: "Bloody competitive."

Can Irish raiders net Kempton brace?

Read full article on Kempton: Mullins cautious over talk of Irish double on Boxing Day

There's no mistaking the time of year at the sprawling headquarters of Ireland's champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins.

The stables are lined with Christmas lights, the tree at the centre of the yard is bedecked with festive baubles and on the day I'm there most of the staff are wearing Santa outfits.