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.

Cue Card

Surprises in store at Haydock?

Read full article on Can Cue Card and Silviniaco Conti recapture former glories?

When it comes to surprises, probably two of the biggest of the jumps season so far surround the defeats of Grade 1 chasers Silviniaco Conti and Cue Card.

With sparkling entries in the formbook and consequentially big followings, the pair were expected if not to win then to, as they say, 'go close' as their campaigns left the starting gate in recent weeks.

What makes Ryan Moore so special?

Read full article on Ryan Moore: Three-time champion jockey could be world's best

The famously publicity-shy subject could probably barely think of anything much worse than a radio station putting on a 'Ryan Moore Special'.

But that's what BBC Radio 5 live is doing to mark the fact that the 31-year-old's riding skills are receiving ever more rave reviews, all around the globe.

O'Neill backed to be double champion

Read full article on Jonjo O’Neill: Can he join legends Fred Rimell and Fred Winter?

It is that most elusive of sporting achievements, the champion sportsman or woman who scales the identical dizzy heights in a different walk of the same life.

In the modern era, the only champion jockeys to have subsequently lifted one of racing's trainers' titles are national hunt legends Fred Rimell and Fred Winter.

Jump racing Giant panning for Gold

Read full article on The Giant Bolster is shaping up for Cheltenham Gold Cup

With his regular appearances in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and magnificent name - shared with a legendary Cornish ogre - The Giant Bolster has himself become one of jump racing's titans.

Now aged nine, the horse, star turn of trainer David Bridgwater's burgeoning 30-horse operation just 20 miles from Cheltenham at Stow-on-the-Wold, is back on the trail to his favourite track.

Lady Cecil on a mission at Ascot

Read full article on Ascot: Frankel's brother Noble Mission gives Lady Cecil hope

Noble Mission is indeed on a mission in the Champion Stakes, the feature race on the £4m Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot.

The younger brother of Flat racing's all-time great Frankel - himself twice a star of Britain's richest raceday - can lift an only okay season for his trainer Jane Cecil into something considerably more spectacular on Saturday.

Quinn focused on Swnymor after Paris

Read full article on John Quinn focused on Swnymor after Arc weekend

The mood in a packed Gare du Nord the morning after Treve's repeat win in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was almost tangibly upbeat.

A memorable result, combined with magnificent runs in defeat by leading British hopes Taghrooda and Kingston Hill, plus three successes in the 'undercard' races for the cross-channel raiders, ensured it.

Who will shine on Ebor stage?

Read full article on Australia & Taghrooda to shine on York's Ebor stage

Not everybody calls York's Ebor Festival 'the Royal Ascot of the North'; some more exuberant members of the North of England and Scottish circuit have been known to declare Ascot 'the Ebor of the South'.

The answer is, of course, somewhere in between.

McCoy closes on new winners landmark

Read full article on AP McCoy: Jockey closes on Martin Pipe winners record

AP McCoy is bearing down hard on one of the most personally significant landmarks of his glittering career, equalling the number of winners clocked up by his mentor and friend Martin Pipe, the 15-time champion jumps trainer.

At one point, there was even speculation that McCoy, who passed the 4,000 winner mark amid a blaze of publicity in a race at Towcester in November, might use the occasion to call it a day.