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.

Royal Ascot is now a global carnival

Read full article on Royal Ascot: Record overseas entries adds to carnival feel

It is hard to know how amused Her Majesty would be at the notion, but to international flat racers 'her' five-day fixture has become one of the biggest 'carnivals' in the world.

Not, however, the kind of slightly untrendy jamboree in the British sense - though, let's be honest, Royal Ascot does well for floats, a parade and a 'carnival queen' - but the Australian-originated derivation of a major horse-racing event of global significance.

The Frankie factor's back at Derby

Read full article on The Derby 2015: Frankie's back to spice up flat racing's Classic

Frankie Dettori's presence in the Derby line-up for the first time in four years, and on the hot favourite Golden Horn to boot, is a huge plus for the 236th staging of flat racing's historic premier Classic.

Dettori, who looks for his second success - after Authorized in 2007 - on his 20th Derby mount, has been absent because of the lack of opportunities combined with a six-month drugs-related ban which ended only on the eve of the 2013 race.

Derby favourite going well - Dettori

Read full article on The Derby 2015: Frankie Dettori mount Golden Horn 'going well'

Jockey Frankie Dettori says Investec Derby favourite Golden Horn "didn't turn a hair" as he faced up to the famously tricky contours of Epsom racecourse for the first time.

Dettori rode the unbeaten colt, trained by John Gosden for owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer, in a light workout at a 'Breakfast With The Stars' event at the track.

'Sir Mark's closer to God than us'

Read full article on Mark Prescott ready for 2000 Guineas debut

At 46 years in Newmarket, trainer Sir Mark Prescott may not have been associated with flat racing's HQ for quite as long as the 2000 Guineas, first staged in 1809.

However, not unlike the first Classic of the season, Prescott, 67, based at historic Heath House stables on the edge of the East Anglian town's longstanding training grounds, has become one of its institutions.

Could Sean Bowen be the real McCoy?

Read full article on AP McCoy: Sean Bowen may have star quality to succeed legend

The comparisons are inevitable.

Twenty years to the day after AP McCoy completed a whirlwind first jumps season by being crowned champion conditional (jumps apprentice) jockey, he presented the trophy to the latest winner of that title - after another whirlwind campaign.

Who will replace McCoy as champion?

Read full article on AP McCoy: Who can take over as champion jockey?

As one door closes, so another one opens, and the retirement of AP McCoy, such a dominant figure in the jump jockeys' changing room for so long, blows wide-open the race to be his successor.

There may never be 'another McCoy' but somebody will fill the big boots that have fitted the 20-time champion so snugly for two decades.

Elm Park gives Balding Classic hopes

Read full article on Flat racing: Elm Park pedigree gives Balding hope for Classics

Andrew Balding is first and foremost a leading racehorse trainer with a prominent contender for flat racing's classics under his care; secondly, however, he's an ardent follower of Southampton FC.

And as we chat about his colt, Elm Park - sixth in the betting for the upcoming 2,000 Guineas, but the main British hope for the Derby (9-1) - his mind swings easily from Newmarket and Epsom to St Mary's.

What to watch at the Grand National

Read full article on Grand National 2015: Where will the headlines be written?

All eyes will be on AP McCoy as Aintree's three-day Grand National meeting starts on Thursday and leads up to Saturday's big race at 16:15 BST.

But there are plenty of other talking points for the 150,000 racegoers and 500 million people tuning into the world's most famous steeplechase.