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.

Frankie Dettori and Enable will bid for an Arc treble at Longchamp

Can Enable's historic treble bid be stopped?

Read full article on Enable: Can Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe treble at Longchamp be stopped?

It's Flat racing's Arc weekend - 12 horses, the smallest field in 12 years, are due to be chasing Europe's grandest prize at ParisLongchamp racetrack in the Bois de Boulogne on Sunday.

Though two-time winner Enable is hogging the build-up headlines as she and Frankie Dettori seek an historic treble in the mile-and-a-half-long feature, the opposition ain't half bad.

Frankie Dettori

Dettori and Enable aim for 'the impossible'

Read full article on Frankie Dettori and Enable aim for 'the impossible' Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe treble

Frankie Dettori is a veteran of a remarkable 30 stagings of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - the 48-year-old has missed just one, because of injury, since 1988 and he has won six - but he admits he has never seen a build-up quite like this before.

Interest, Dettori says, in both super-mare Enable and himself as they chase - as hot favourites - an unprecedented third success in European flat racing's grandest prize has ensured it's been "a bit of a circus".

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot - 300,000 set for racing extravaganza

Read full article on Royal Ascot 2019: What to look out for at famous race meeting

With its rich history, pageantry and famously strict dress code alongside the horse racing, Royal Ascot is one of British sport's best known and most colourful events, with the Queen at the centre of proceedings.

In 2019, some of the world's top racing figures, equine and human, will once again compete in 30 races staged during the Tuesday to Saturday fixture, all looking for a slice of the prestige and the £7.3m of prize money on offer.

Accidental Agent and Eve Johnson Houghton

War hero who inspired a Royal Ascot winner

Read full article on Royal Ascot 2019: Accidental Agent - 'Extraordinary' war hero who inspired favourite

It's not just in Portsmouth and on the beaches of Normandy that the courage of World War Two heroes is being honoured in front of the Queen this summer.

At Royal Ascot, the wartime activities of Major John Goldsmith DSO MC will be recalled as the five-year-old Accidental Agent goes for a repeat success in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes, the first of 30 races staged over the fixture's five days.

Racehorse trainer Hughie Morrison

The Derby: Can Telecaster thwart O'Brien's magnificent seven?

Read full article on The Derby: Telecaster trainer Hughie Morrison - the late starter aiming for Epsom glory

When Hughie Morrison, aged "about 13", confided his ambition to be a racehorse trainer to the late Sir Henry Cecil, the great man offered advice.

As he prepares leading Derby hope Telecaster, Morrison recalled: "The meeting with Henry was at Goodwood, and I was with my mother, and I think she probably did the talking.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

'If Bangkok takes poignant Derby win emotions could run high'

Read full article on Epsom Derby 2019: Bangkok could be emotional winner of 240th staging

When Andrew Balding was successful in an Epsom Classic race in his first season of training, the tears flowed freely.

These were tears of joy, shed during a famously touching post-race BBC TV interview with Balding's presenter-sister Clare about Casual Look's victory in the 2003 Oaks.

Oisin Murphy riding Kick On at Newmarket

Murphy could Kick On with 2,000 Guineas win

Read full article on 2,000 & 1,000 Guineas: Oisin Murphy could Kick On with first Classic success

With a number of significant absentees - notably the winter favourite Too Darn Hot - the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket has a distinctly open look to it.

While champion trainer Aidan O'Brien - looking to carry off the trophies for the first Classic race of the British Flat season for a 10th time - has strong representatives in Magna Grecia and the unbeaten Ten Sovereigns, it's a large field in which plenty fancy their chances too.

Trainer of the Year Dan Skelton, Horse of the Year Tiger Roll and Breakthrough Jockey of the Year Bryony Frost

Cornelius Lysaght's jumps season awards

Read full article on Jumps season review: Who were the horse, jockey and trainer of the year?

That was the jumps season that was…

Horse of the year

Has to be Tiger Roll for becoming the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win back-to-back stagings of the Grand National, a feat that was achieved in great style, with jockey Davy Russell riding, barely three weeks after landing a fourth success at the Cheltenham Festival.

It will be widely hoped that the nine-year-old, trained by Gordon Elliott for aviation tycoon Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud racing arm, will return to Aintree in 2020 looking for the hat-trick - but O'Leary has been cautious about plans.

Tiger Roll and Davy Russell win the 2018 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree

Grand National 2019 - the ones to watch

Read full article on Grand National 2019: Cornelius Lysaght's ones to watch in Aintree showpiece

Grand National day remains one of Britain's principal sporting days with an estimated £150m bet on horses with everything from good form to an attractive name; around the world it's said that more than 600 million people will follow the 172nd staging on radio, TV and online.

The BBC's horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght considers some of the runners and riders to look out for in Saturday's big race at Aintree...

Richard Johnson, left, and Colin Tizzard

Tizzard's three-way Gold Cup challenge

Read full article on 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup: Native River not my only hope, says champion trainer Tizzard

Although the 2018 winner Native River leads his stable's three-horse challenge on the Magners Gold Cup, centrepiece of next month's Cheltenham Festival, trainer Colin Tizzard insists none of the trio should be discounted.

Native River, who got the better of a thrilling duel with Might Bite to win last year's trophy ridden by champion jump jockey Richard Johnson, attempts to become the first back-to-back winner since Best Mate - who completed a hat-trick with victories in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 stagings.