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 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.

Alpha Delphini and Final Venture

Beasley seeks Newbury glory after comeback

Read full article on Connor Beasley: Jockey targets Newbury triumph after comeback from injury

As flat racing's 'northern circuit' reflects on another bumper summer of success, few can feel a greater sense of satisfaction than jockey Connor Beasley.

A year on from living in the restricted confines of a neck and back brace to aid recovery from career-threatening injuries sustained in a race-fall, and from hearing himself regularly written off, Beasley, 22, goes to Newbury this weekend with Alpha Delphini hoping to bag the biggest prize of his fledgling career.

JT McNamara

McNamara's story resonates across racing

Read full article on JT McNamara: A tribute to the much-admired Irish jockey

Former colleagues and one-time rivals who visited John Thomas - JT - McNamara when he was lying in hospital, terribly injured, in the days and weeks after his paralysing Cheltenham Festival fall, understandably found it difficult to contain their emotions.

This guy that they'd known for his fearsome reputation as one of national hunt racing's hardest, and most difficult opponents to beat, was now motionless from the neck down, and struggling at times to breathe let alone speak.

Stormy Antarctic

Stormy Antarctic 'looks fabulous'

Read full article on 2000 Guineas: Trainer Ed Walker ready for 'dream' Stormy Antarctic win

George Peckham has reason to be grateful that his friend and fellow trainer Ed Walker's preparation of well-fancied Stormy Antarctic for the Qipco 2000 Guineas has gone as smoothly as it apparently has.

Less than a week before Walker, 32, saddles the striking, chestnut-coloured colt as his first runner in any of British flat racing's Classics, he was best man at Peckham's wedding in Ireland.

Arty shot of Grand National

Stories to follow at Aintree 2016

Read full article on Grand National 2016: Many Clouds, Richard Johnson, Willie Mullins and more

As anticipation builds to Saturday's Grand National, here's a look at some highlights to watch out for.

Many Clouds: It's all about history

Records aplenty can be set by the Many Clouds team as the Oliver Sherwood-trained nine-year-old - the age group that has provided most winners, incidentally - goes for a repeat success in the £1m Crabbie's Grand National under jockey Leighton Aspell.

The horse, owned by businessman Trevor Hemmings, attempts to become the first since Red Rum in 1973 and 1974 to win back-to-back runnings of the famous steeplechase, first staged in 1839. In the history of the race, seven have been successful twice, though only Abd-El-Kader (1850 and 1851), The Colonel (1869 and 1870), and Reynoldstown (1935 and 1936) have done so in consecutive seasons.

Denis O'Regan

'It's been a battle, I'm moving forward'

Read full article on Grand National: Denis O'Regan has point to prove after forgettable Cheltenham

It has to be one of the most startling stats of the jump-racing year: Denis O'Regan, for some time one of the sport's highest-rated jockeys, had just one mount at its showpiece Cheltenham Festival.

The horse in question was Ardamir, a 12-1 shot that never managed to get in a blow before being pulled up in the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices Hurdle.