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.

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.

The horse Paisley Park and musician Prince

Sign o' the Times - Why Prince fans could be in the purple at Cheltenham

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Paisley Park represents the Prince fans who would be kings - and queens - as he lines up in the Cleeve Hurdle, as the countdown to March's Cheltenham Festival gathers pace at the course's Trials Day.

Named by owner Andrew Gemmell after the vast home and recording studio complex in Minnesota, USA owned by the late music genius - of whom he is an enthusiastic fan - the horse has been rocking and rolling his way through the jumps season.

Mr Medic and jockey James Best

Can Mr Medic continue Walford's winning run?

Read full article on Caspian Caviar Gold Cup: Can Mr Medic continue Robert Walford's winning run at Cheltenham?

There's never a bad time, as such, to saddle the biggest winner of your training career - but when on the same afternoon the champion two-mile chaser struts his stuff and a popular Grand National hero returns from injury, you don't necessarily receive the headlines you deserve.

That was probably the case with Robert Walford after Walk In The Mill - ridden by jockey James Best in the silks of Baroness Harding - took the Becher Chase, staged over the famous obstacles at Aintree.

Nico de Boinville on Altior

Altior faces test in Tingle Creek Chase

Read full article on Horse racing: Unbeaten Altior faces test at Tingle Creek

The star-studded nature of Nicky Henderson's string based at historic Seven Barrows stables outside Lambourn, Berkshire is further emphasised on Tingle Creek day at Sandown.

For the third weekend running, a Henderson big-player is centre stage for the Saturday feature, this time reigning Queen Mother Champion Chaser Altior in a glittering staging of the Tingle Creek Chase, the first Grade One-race target for top notchers in the fast and furious two-mile chasing division.

Mick Channon

'Spring in the step of Channon's team'

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Mick Channon, footballer-turned-racehorse trainer, has made his mark on a string of leading sporting venues.

There's Wembley, of course, where Channon played such a significant role in Southampton's 1976 FA Cup final win over Manchester United; Hampden Park, where the striker's first goal for England came in a 5-0 defeat of Scotland in 1973; The Dell, Southampton's former home, so often the scene of his trademark 'windmill' arm-waving celebration.

Jockey Oisin Murphy

'Playboy' racehorse to rising riding star - Champions Day rundown

Read full article on British Champions Day: Cracksman and Roaring Lion among the Ascot favourites

It's a bit like the racecourse on which it's staged: after initial sniping, most sceptics can't really remember what they didn't like about British Champions Day at Ascot.

Most of the disapproving mutters about the £200m, 18-month redevelopment of the Royal track when it opened up again in 2006 have gone quiet.