There is an irony that much-respected BBC radio racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght will be the host presenter at Monday's Horserace Writers and Photographers Derby Awards in London because Sports Agenda can reveal he is the latest prominent name to be leaving the corporation.
Lysaght, 54, has worked for the BBC for 30 years and his exit comes hard on the heels of the departure of two other 5 Live stalwarts: Garry Richardson, whose excellent Sportsweek show has been axed, and presenter and tennis commentator Jonathan Overend.
Many will interpret the departures as further evidence of 5 Live's declining interest in any sport other than football. Others may suggest it is a purging of middle-aged, white men.
Radio racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is latest prominent name to leave the BBC
Lysaght's exit will cause shock and disappointment in racing circles.
The voices of BBC legends Sir Peter O'Sullevan and Peter Bromley became synonymous with the sport and Lysaght inherited their mantle.
Racing is fighting a losing battle to maintain its prominence in the national media — The Times no longer employs a full-time racing correspondent — and though the BBC insists otherwise, Lysaght's departure seems likely to further diminish its presence on the airwaves.
A BBC spokesperson said they were grateful to an 'exceptional correspondent who has made an outstanding contribution'.UNITED'S THORNLEY AND MAY LEFT HIGH AND DRY
Spare a thought for former Manchester United players Ben Thornley and David May.
The pair took the train from Moscow to Astana — the small matter of 56 hours — for last week's Europa League dead rubber to make a video diary for MUTV. A bottle of Jameson's whiskey was set to accompany them on the ride.
However, the bottle was spotted by eagle-eyed Russian police and confiscated, leaving the former United men to spend much of the journey in the restaurant carriage.PRINCE REVELATIONS ARE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR CITY
The Mail on Sunday's revelations over Prince Andrew and multi-millionaire financier David Rowland may have made uncomfortable reading at Manchester City.
Leaked documents which triggered an investigation into whether the Premier League champions were breaching financial fair play regulations claimed that, as part of a secret project, City had brought in Rowland and his son Jonathan to run a sports managing firm which bought player image rights but was allegedly secretly fed £11m a year by City owner Sheik Mansour.
TMoS's revelations over Prince Andrew may have made uncomfortable reading at Man City
Far be it from Sports Agenda to suggest that The Hundred, whose fixtures were announced last week, is yet to capture the nation's imagination. However, social media numbers would appear to back up such claims.
So far, the Facebook page for the new competition has a pathetic 15,000 followers. The Vitality Blast, which many have complained is being downgraded thanks to The Hundred's arrival, also has its own Facebook page. Its number of followers? 813,000.LONG WAIT FOR FREEMAN ANSWERS
The medical tribunal of Dr Richard Freeman, which started on