Tips, Comments & Feature Articles
Visit reqularly for the latest international commentary by Shane McNally.
For major international events Shane provides potted comment on each runner as well as his picks prior to the race. Then, post-race, check back for a summary of how the race was run and won, which horses performed well and which ones could have done better.
Windsor Park Plate Preview
A race of champions with one of the great honour rolls of New Zealand racing, the Group[ 1 Windsor Park plate brings another outstanding field together at Hastings on Saturday.
- 19 Sep
Winfull Patrol Ready To Race
The first Wednesday night meeting of the new Hong Kong racing season kicks off tomorrow night from Sha Tin racecourse.
- 16 Sep
Irish St Leger Day Preview
A triple Group 1 program headed by the Irish St Leger is set to capture the imagination of the racing world at The Curragh on Sunday.
- 14 Sep
Rising superstar Australia will be out to further his claim as the world's best racehorse when he lines up in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday - but this is a dual Group 1 meeting and the UK's best fillies and mares will also turn on a show in the Matron Stakes.
- 13 Sep
St Leger Preview
The best distance three-year-olds in the UK will be taking advantage of the absence of champion Australia in what should be a battle of sheer stamina in the Group 1 St Leger Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.
- 12 Sep
Sprint Cup Preview
An elite field of sprinters headed by 1000m superstar Sole Power line up in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday - it's a case of whether the outstanding three-year-olds can beat their older rivals and whether the multiple Group 1 flyer can get the extra distance.
- 5 Sep
Makfi Challenge Preview
New Zealand's best weight-for-age gallopers are set for an early-season blockbuster in a capacity renewal of the Group 1 Makfi Challenge at Hastings on Saturday.
- 29 Aug
Bellwether Shooting For Three Straight
After only three starts in Singapore, former South Australian galloper Bellwether, has caught the eye after saluting in dominant fashion at his previous two starts.
- 24 Jul
Irish Oaks Preview
Many of the UK's best staying fillies face off in a wide-open Group 1 Irish Oaks at The Curragh on Saturday, with all but three runners rated serious winning chances.
- 19 Jul
July Cup Preview
An elite internatinal field of sprinters line up for what could be remembered as one of the great renewals of the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday night.
- 11 Jul
In an intriguing renewal of the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, three of the UK's top colts take on some of the best older gallopers over the Sandown 2000m on Saturday.
- 4 Jul
Durban July Preview
An outstanding field, including a rare percentage of class three-year-olds, vie for South Africa's greatest racing prize in the Grade 1 Durban July at Greyville on Saturday.
- 4 Jul
Takarazuka Kinen Preview
Japan's reputation for producing some of the world's best stayers will be on show when an outstanding field headed by dual Japan Cup winner Gentildonna and outstanding gallopers Win Variation and Gold Ship line up for the Grade 1 Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin on Sunday.
- 28 Jun
Irish Derby Preview
World-class colts Australia and Kingston Hill, who ran the quinella in the Group 1 Epsom Derby, resume their rivalry in the G1 Irish Derby at The Curragh on Saturday - and it will be a major surprise if they don't fill those positions again.
- 28 Jun
Diamond Jubilee Preview
A remarkably even list of sprinters and milers will contest the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot on Saturday in a race that looks a match between high speed and closing strength - and finding the winner should be no mean feat.
- 21 Jun
The Gold Cup Preview
A large field of 15 lines up for the Group 1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday - but the race looks like it can be reduced to half a dozen serious contenders, headed by warm favourite Leading Light.
- 19 Jun
Royal Ascot Day 2 - Prince Of Wales Preview
Superstar Treve will be out to confirm herself as one of the great mares of the modern era when she runs in the Group 1 Princes of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday - and a repeat of her Arc De Triomphe win would produce the performance of the Festival.
- 18 Jun
Royal Ascot - Day 1 Preview
Three Group 1s again launch one of the world's great racing carnivals as Royal Ascot gets under way Tuesday night (Australian time) with a string of champions out to establish their world-class credentials.
- 16 Jun
Yasuda Kinen preview
An elite field of milers, including the world's highest rated thoroughbred and a couple of boom gallopers on the comeback trail, line up in the coveted Grade 1 Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo on Sunday.
- 7 Jun
Epsom Derby Preview
A horse named to carry a nation's money in a Melbourne Cup has emerged as a warm favourite for the Group 1 Epsom Derby on Saturday night. Australia, the Galileo colt from the Aidan O'Brien yard will face strong opposition from a handful of quality colts, suggesting punters should be wary about taking too short a price about the favourite.
- 6 Jun
Belmont Stakes Preview
Outstanding colt California Chrome is out to write his name into US racing folklore in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on Sunday morning (AEST) but he will have to break a 36-year drought to claim the Triple Crown.
- 5 Jun
Tokyo Yushun Preview
Japan's best three-year-olds will be out to continue a grand tradition in the Grade 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) at Tokyo on Sunday.
- 30 May
The world's best trotters race twice in the one day in a bid to be named best in the world this year when Sweden hosts its unique and prestigious Elitlopp at Solvalla Sunday night.
- 24 May
Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) Preview
Japan's best staying fillies will be out to emulate the deeds of turf greats Buena Vista and Gentildonna in the Grade 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) at Tokyo on Sunday.
- 24 May