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.

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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.

Six things to watch at Cheltenham

Read full article on Cheltenham 2015: Six things to watch at the Festival

As anticipation builds ahead of this week's Cheltenham Festival, here's a look at some highlights to watch out for.

You can follow commentary on all 28 races at the four-day meeting, which takes place from Tuesday to Friday, on BBC Radio 5 live and Sports Extra.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup dilemma

Read full article on Cheltenham Festival 2015: The Coneygree conundrum

Tradition has it that the Grand National at Aintree has something of a monopoly on racing fairytales.

True, in the modern era, the winning stories of Aldaniti and Bob Champion, Corbiere and Jenny Pitman and Don't Push It, ridden by AP McCoy, became some of sport's, let alone racing's, great headline-grabbers.

Culloty going for golden double

Read full article on Jim Culloty eyes Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National double

Jim Culloty won't be arguing with any theories about form being temporary and class permanent.

The winning jockey in a trio of Cheltenham Gold Cups on the great Best Mate now trains in his native Ireland, and is yet to saddle a loser at National Hunt's showpiece occasion in March.

Sherwood seeks Cheltenham triumph

Read full article on Oliver Sherwood's revival helped by Many Clouds' good form

Pride of place amongst the stack of congratulatory cards and emails received by Oliver Sherwood following the Hennessy Gold Cup win of Many Clouds goes to one from fellow trainer David Pipe.

An elaborately designed note sent by Pipe and his retired, 15-time champion-trainer father Martin, declares: "You can't keep a good man down."

Comeback for 'James Bond of racing'

Read full article on Sprinter Sacre: Timing is perfect for his return - Nicky Henderson

Trainer Nicky Henderson is hopeful that Sprinter Sacre will make a successful return to the track, but insists "it's not the end of the world" if he suffers defeat.

Despite concerns about the rain-soaked going at Ascot, Britain's highest-rated chaser is all set to compete for the first time in nearly 13 months in Saturday's Sodexo Clarence House Chase.