By Andrew Atkinson
Racing’s flag bearer correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is retiring this week after almost 30 years in the ‘saddle’.
“Since I started in August 1990, the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot have been staged 29 times each. 28 Grand Nationals and 146 Classic races – just in Britain,” said BBC racing correspondent Lysaght.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) stumped up the stats during Lysaght’s career – of almost 40,000 fixtures – and approximately 257,000 races.
Award winning BBC Radio 5, re-named 5 Live, broadcaster Lysaght said he has worked ‘really hard’, been very loyal to the BBC and deems himself as having been a standard-bearer for horse racing.
“I salute extraordinary figures like Desert Orchid and Istabraq, and prolific trainers like Martin Pipe, Mark Johnston and Aidan O’Brien, plus many more regular headline-makers,” said Lysaght.