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.

From facing All Blacks to Cheltenham

Read full article on Cheltenham 2016: Sandy Thomson unfazed by mixing with big names

Having faced the All Blacks, Australia and France in his rugby-playing days, the prospect of tackling jump racing's biggest names at the Cheltenham Festival holds few fears for self-confessed 'little-man' trainer Sandy Thomson.

While Willie Mullins is set to exceed his 2015 raiding party of 50-plus runners over the four-day fixture, Thomson, who has care of Scotland's premier steeplechaser Seeyouatmidnight, will bring south a maximum of three contenders from his Borders base.

'Christmas starts when Christmas is over'

Read full article on King George VI Chase: 'Christmas starts when Christmas is over' for Ruby Walsh

As sporting professionals juggle commitments on and off the field of play during the busy Christmas period, jockey Ruby Walsh jokes about what his three young daughters are looking forward to most.

While Walsh will be making plans to improve on his record-breaking run of success in the King George VI Chase - achieved between 2006 and 2011 with five-time winner Kauto Star - Isabelle, six, Elsa, four, and 18-month-old Gemma are sure to have other things on their minds.

Can warrior Bobs Worth win Hennessy?

Read full article on Hennessy Gold Cup: Can warrior Bobs Worth win on Saturday?

Cue Card. Bobs Worth. Sprinter Sacre. Sir Des Champs. Cue Card again.

With some of the sport's former star names making dramatic comebacks from lengthy spells in the wilderness, the core section of the all-year-round jumps season could hardly have got off to a better start.

Countdown to Champions Day

Read full article on British Champions Day: Stellar line-up for racing's richest day

British Champions Day: a day to crown champions? Yes and no.

Invented in its current form at Ascot in 2011 and boasting more than £4m in prize money, it's the richest single race-day of the year - intended to be mentioned in the same breath as France's 'Arc weekend' a fortnight earlier, and the Breeders' Cup fixture staged in the United States at the end of October.

Retired jockey Hughes 'can walk tall'

Read full article on Richard Hughes 'one of racing's most significant recent figures'

Champion jockey Richard Hughes saw out his riding days at Goodwood on Saturday, bringing to a close a career spanning three Flat titles and 27 years.

Later this autumn the 42-year-old will return to the sport to forge a new career as a trainer, the next chapter in a remarkable story that began a generation ago.

'Golden Horn clash sums up Ascot'

Read full article on Ascot 2015: Golden Horn clash is 'biggest test so far'

John Gosden, trainer of the unbeaten three-year-old Golden Horn, believes that the brilliant Derby winner's clash with older horses in Ascot's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is "the whole essence" of what the high-summer championship race is all about.

The colt is seeking to build on his successes in the Dante Stakes and Eclipse Stakes as well as at Epsom. But as he attempts to make it six wins from six career starts, Gosden warns he faces "probably his biggest test so far".

Sammy-Jo Bell - taking on the men

Read full article on Sammy-Jo Bell: Jockey on McCoy, winners and taking on the men

Star apprentice jockey Sammy-Jo Bell has a striking amount in common with AP McCoy.

Realistically, Bell, 24, is unlikely to achieve a career total of more than 4,300 winning mounts, but just like the champion jump jockey, her roots are proudly held in Northern Ireland, and her racing life also began under the watchful eye of Irish trainer Jim Bolger.