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 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.

Liam Treadwell

Treadwell relishes return to the saddle

Read full article on Liam Treadwell: Jockey on his return from concussion and his 'famous gnashers'

Liam Treadwell's teeth helped to make him one of the best known Grand National-winning jockeys of recent years, and those celebrated gnashers have again played a significant role in his life.

Famously, in a BBC television interview after his 2009 Aintree success on 100-1 shot Mon Mome, Treadwell flashed a gap-toothed smile prompting interviewer Clare Balding to comment: "He hasn't got the best [teeth] in the world - but you can afford to go and get them 'done' now."

Jockey Brian Hughes riding Seeyouatmidnight

Northern power-horse deserves credit

Read full article on Horse racing: Northern power-horse Seeyouatmidnight deserves credit

Jockey Brian Hughes believes the reputation of Seeyouatmidnight, the brightest hope on jump racing's Northern and Scottish circuit, is a victim of the sport's ever-growing north/south divide.

The eight-year-old, trained in Berwickshire, Scotland by Sandy Thomson, faces his biggest test to date when lining up in Haydock's Betfair Chase.

Trainer Nicky Henderson with Sprinter Sacre

Sprinter Sacre leads Henderson's 'below boiling point' team

Read full article on Sprinter Sacre to lead Nicky Henderson's team of chasers as jump season begins at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson jokes he'd have been capable of giving farmers who are said to continually grumble over the state of the weather a run for their money during the recent, prolonged dry spell.

As the main section of the jump racing season gets into full flight with the Open fixture at Cheltenham (11-13 November), the three-time champion trainer reports his powerful string is operating 'behind' some others, because the grass gallops have been simply too firm to do anything on them.

Trainer Colin Tizzard and Cue Card

'Road to Gold starts here for Tizzard'

Read full article on Colin Tizzard: Cue Card, Thistlecrack & Native River trainer targets repeat success

After the big successes comes the pressure for repeats.

During the 2015-16 jump-racing season, no British trainer hit the big-race headlines more frequently than Colin Tizzard as he navigated generally triumphant paths for people's-favourite steeplechaser Cue Card, champion long-distance hurdler Thistlecrack and emerging star Native River.


Balding hopes to hold back O'Brien tide

Read full article on Dewhurst Stakes: Andrew Balding's South Seas can hold back Aidan O'Brien tide

Trying to hold back the swirling rip-tide that is Aidan O'Brien's domination of the flat racing year puts one in mind of King Canute as he sat on his beach, only a few miles down the road from Goodwood, trying to give orders to the waves.

The British and Irish champion trainers' titles and an historic one-two-three in France's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe are already in the bag, and still the runners - and winners - flow forward from O'Brien's Ballydoyle base in County Tipperary.

Andrea Atzeni

Atzeni lives the dream on 'biggest ride'

Read full article on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: Andrea Atzeni ready for 'biggest ride' of career

As he prepares to get the leg-up on Postponed, the British-trained favourite for flat racing's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, jockey Andrea Atzeni has no doubts about the significance of Sunday's race for him.

"It is the biggest ride I've had," says the 25-year-old Italian. "It is a dream really, unbelievable when you think three or four years ago I was trying to get a living out of the game, and now I'm on the favourite for the Arc.

Frankie Dettori celebrates at Ascot in 1996

'Cameras outside, I was in underpants'

Read full article on Frankie Dettori: Jockey recalls 'Magnificent Seven' at Ascot 20 years on

He is the winner of most of flat racing's greatest prizes, the Italian with the sparkling personality, sharp dress sense and unmistakeable accent, all of which have made him among the world's most recognisable sporting stars.

And Frankie Dettori, champion jockey, Epsom Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero and A-list celebrity, puts much of his fame and fortune down to a dry and bright Saturday afternoon at Ascot on 28 September 1996.