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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.

Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) Preview Japan's best fillies step up to 2400m as they seek classic success in the Grade 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) at Tokyo on Sunday. - 23 May
Singapore International Cup Preview High-class gallopers from Hong Kong, Japan and France take on the best locals in an outstanding renewal of the Group 1 Singapore International Cup at Kranji on Sunday.  - 17 May
Krisflyer Sprint Preview Champion Hong Kong sprinters Aerovelocity and Lucky Nine head a class field of speedsters in the Group 1 Krisflyer Sprint at Singapore's Kranji racecourse on Sunday. - 17 May
Victoria Mile Preview Last year's champion filly Nuovo Record heads a class field of mares in the Grade 1 Victoria Mile over 1600m at Tokyo on Sunday. - 16 May
Lockinge Stakes Preview A capacity field of 18 lines up for one of the most open Group 1 Lockinge Stakes in recent years at Newbury on Saturday. - 16 May
Preakness Stakes Preview It's a rematch of the Kentucky Derby placegetters, as arguably the three best colts in the United States strive to win the coveted Grade 1 Preakness Stakes over the Pimlico 1900m course on Sunday morning (AEST). - 15 May
NHK Mile Cup Preview A class field of Japanese three-year-olds line up in the Grade 1 NHK Mile Cup over the Tokyo 1600m on Sunday. - 9 May
Tenno Sho (Spring) Preview Many of Japan's - and by extension, the world's - best stayers are on show in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3200m at Kyoto on Sunday. - 2 May
Tenno Sho (Spring) Preview Many of Japan's - and by extension, the world's - best stayers are on show in the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Spring) over 3200m at Kyoto on Sunday. - 2 May
Champions Mile Preview The world's highest rated racehorse, Able Friend looks set to add to his imposing record despite coming up against outstanding Hong Kong Derby winner Luger in the Group 1 Champions Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday. - 2 May
2000 Guineas Preview The best colts in the UK and Europe usher in the classic season in a wide-open renewal of the time-honoured Group 1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday night. - 2 May
Kentucky Derby Preview In what looks to be outstanding renewal of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, rising champions American Pharaoh, Carpe Diem and Dortmund head an elite field of three-year-olds in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning (AEST). - 30 Apr
Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup Preview Outstanding Australian galloper Criterion takes on a crack field headed by Hong Kong champion Designs On Rome and evergreen Red Cadeaux in the Group 1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. - 25 Apr
AP McCoy Celebration Chase Preview The great AP McCoy will try and bow out a winner in the race named in his honour while another champion Sprinter Sacre will attempt to return to his freakish best - but some outstanding jumpers stand between both eventuating in the much-anticipated Grade 1 AP McCoy Celebration Chase at Sandown on Saturday. - 25 Apr
Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) Preview Japan's best colts will be trying to join turf greats Deep Impact, TM Opera O, Victoire Pisa, Orfevre and Gold Ship as winners of the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) over the Nakayama 2000m on Sunday. - 17 Apr
Easter Handicap Preview One of the great races on the New Zealand calendar, the time-honoured Group 1 Easter Handicap has attracted a capacity field over the Ellerslie mile on Saturday. - 17 Apr
Aintree Day 3 Preview Often a $10 the field race, this year's Grand National Steeplechase (Aintree, Saturday) is being dominated by a horse boasting the undeniable combination of prolific trainer Jonjo O'Neill and legendary rider Tony (AP) McCoy. Despite the name, it's far from an open and shut affair, however, for  in-form Irish 8yo Shutthefrontdoor - he's won his past 2 starts at Fairyhouse and Carisle but faces plenty of opposition from a list of proven stayers. Rocky Creek, The Druid's Nephew, Balthasar King are all chances, while last year's winner Pineau De Re seems very well placed 5kg below topweight Lord Windermere. Unioniste represents big value in the Grade 3 marathon, while champion jockey Ruby Walsh will give Ballycasey every chance. The big Aintree card features three Grade 1 affairs, with the Liverpool Hurdle attracting a class field over the 4950m. - 11 Apr
Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) Preview Japan's best fillies line-up in a strong and even renewal of the Grade 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday. - 11 Apr
Melling Chase Preview The UK's best 4000m steeplechasers are set for an outstanding renewal of the Grade 1 Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday night. - 10 Apr
Aintree Day 1 Preview Championship hurdlers and steeplechasers head an impressive four Grade 1 meeting for the first day of Aintree on Thursday, which culminates on Saturday with the running of the legendary Grand National Steeplechase. - 9 Apr
Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes Preview New Zealand's best mares line up a high-class but wide-open renewal of the Group 1 Thoroughbred Breeders Classic at Te Aroha on Saturday. - 3 Apr
Takamatsunomiya Kinen Preview Hong Kong champion Aerovelocity takes on Japan's best sprinters including Capano Richard and Straight Girl in the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday. - 28 Mar
Al Quoz Sprint Preview Hong Kong flyers Peniaphobia and Bundle Of Joy, speed machine Sole Power and the brilliant Via Africa head a capacity international field in the Grade 1 Al Quoz Sprint over the Meydan 1000m on Sunday (AEDT). - 26 Mar
Dubai Turf Preview The race that catipulted Japanese champion Just A Way to the top of the world rankings last year, Sunday's Grade 1 Dubai Turf is shaping as a showdown between all-conquering The Grey Gatsby and emerging French champion Solow. - 26 Mar
Dubai Sheema Classic Preview Japanese champion Harp Star, French star Flintshire, brilliant Hong Kong middle distance galloper Designs On Rome and US turf sensation Main Sequence... just four of the topliners in a star-studded Grade 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on Sunday morning (AEDT) - 26 Mar