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.

Trainer Paul Nicholls

Nicholls is 'jealous in a nice way'

Read full article on Cheltenham Festival: Trainer Paul Nicholls on 'jealousy' and life as the underdog

It won't be like the glory days of Kauto Star, Denman, See More Business, Master Minded or Big Buck's for Paul Nicholls at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival.

Jump racing's 10-time champion trainer, the winner of 40 races at the sport's showpiece event, finds himself sending a smaller than usual team of runners to line up during the most important four days of the season, with its 28 races.

Petit Mouchoir

History boy leading charge on Cheltenham

Read full article on Cheltenham Festival: Henry de Bromhead saddling strongest-ever team

Henry de Bromhead's ancestry is a colourful one, featuring a secretary to Marie Antoinette, who joined the last Queen of France in meeting a grizzly end under the guillotine's blade.

Also on the family tree is Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead VC, one of the survivors of the unlikely defeat of Zulu warriors by outnumbered British soldiers at Rorke's Drift in 1879 - he was played by Michael Caine in the famous film, Zulu.

Trainer Willie Mullins

Mullins 'surprised' by his Cheltenham team

Read full article on Cheltenham Festival: Willie Mullins says he will try to beat everyone

Willie Mullins once said that if he hadn't been a racehorse trainer he'd have liked to have been a film director.

After the jumps season he's experienced, were Mullins to play the starring role at the sport's Cheltenham Festival this time, in the dominant manner he has in recent years, it would surely make for the most compelling of film scripts to direct.

Bechers Brook

Five Grand National stories to follow

Read full article on Grand National: Five Aintree stories to follow on road to the big race

With weights to be carried in the 2017 Grand National at Aintree revealed on Tuesday night, here's a look at some of the leading contenders.

Second time lucky for Bailey?

Kim Bailey knows all about the elation of winning the most famous horse racing prize in the world, but also all about the draining disappointment of just missing out.

In 2016, Bailey-trained The Last Samuri, ridden by jockey David Bass in the blue and yellow silks of owners Paul and Clare Rooney, looked for much of the four and-a-quarter miles-plus set to provide Bailey with a second success after Mr Frisk (1990).

Fergal O'Brien Twitter

Happy stable is a piece of cake for O'Brien

Read full article on Fergal O'Brien: Can 2017 be a showstopper for jump racing's rock and roll trainer?

It could almost be jump racing's version of 'The Great British Bake-Off'; celebrations for trainer Fergal O'Brien often revolve around cake.

Not only does O'Brien's extensive social media presence regularly feature the nation's teatime favourite, but the other day in the winners' room at Warwick I witnessed his eyes positively out on stalks at the prospect of a large Victoria sponge laid out on the bar.

Trainer Colin Tizzard with Thistlecrack (left) and Cue Card (right)

'A Christmas gift of a horse race'

Read full article on King George VI Chase: Cue Card v Thistlecrack 'a Christmas gift'

The first contest between Cue Card and Thistlecrack - both trained by Colin Tizzard - in Kempton's King George VI Chase on Boxing Day is the most hotly anticipated jump-racing encounter in seasons.

With festive rituals unchanged in years, Tizzard insists he and his family will be enjoying the same kind of peaceful Christmas they always do in rural Dorset.

Robbie McNamara

'I don't 'deal' with my paralysis, I just go to work'

Read full article on Robbie McNamara: 'I don't 'deal' with paralysis, I just go to work'

Robbie McNamara would not necessarily enjoy the description of him, but he is an inspiration.

The 28-year-old was paralysed below the waist in April 2015, when his mount in a minor race at Wexford came down the day before he was due to travel to Britain to line up in the Aintree Grand National for a second time.