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.

Tom Queally riding Frankel

Frankel's chance for a Classic winner

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A colt that nobody wanted could be the one to prove Frankel really is 'the Daddy' as the champion racehorse-turned-stallion gets his hotly anticipated first chance to father a Classic winner.

The oldest of Frankel's offspring are now aged three - part of the 'Classic generation' - and four of them are due to contest the first two of British flat racing's historic features, the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Grand National runners

Grand National - names to follow at Aintree

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The big day is almost here, so let's look ahead to Saturday's Grand National at Aintree - including favourites, anniversaries, misspelt horses' names and much more…

A family affair

Myrtle Scudamore, the eight-year-old daughter of jockey Tom - rider of leading Grand National fancy Vieux Lion Rouge - sums up her family's Aintree dilemma.

"What will we do, Daddy," she asks, "if you and Grumpy Grandad's horse come to the final fence together?"

A sign instructs the public on the evacuation procedure due to the IRA bomb scare which postponed The Grand National

Grand National bomb scare - 20 years on

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Programme producers love a 'round-figure' anniversary.

And at Aintree in 2017 we have plenty to play with: it's half a century - to the day as it happens - since Foinavon's shock success at 100-1; and 40 years have elapsed since Red Rum, the all-time greatest Grand National horse, raised the roof with his historic third win.

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).