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.

Silviniaco Conti

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.

Ginge adds splash of colour at Cheltenham

Read full article on Splash Of Ginge adds colour at Cheltenham International meeting

Inevitably, it's the jockeys and the trainers who tend to grab a majority of the horse racing headlines.

They do what you might call the front-line duties; the riders shrugging off the risks involved to try to get their mounts in front, after the trainers and their staff have put in the hard work of getting them to the races.

Skelton seeking Newbury triumph

Read full article on Dan Skelton: New kid on the block wants Newbury triumph

It is a credit to the all-round skills of Dan Skelton during his short, but already burgeoning training career, that he has not become public enemy number one among his colleagues.

As the new kid on the block, the long-time assistant to champion Paul Nicholls has taken delivery of more than a few horses moved from other stables to his new base in rural Warwickshire.

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.