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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.

Kikuka Sho Preview Japan's best young stayers shape up over the marathon 3000m for the Grade 1 Kikuka Sho at Kyoto on Sunday. - 25 Oct
Racing Post Trophy Preview A small but select field lines up the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday, with eight colts striving for dominance in a race rated the best early guide to the time-honoured Epsom Derby. - 24 Oct
Shuka Sho Preview Japanese Oaks winner Nuovo Record will be out to confirm her emerging champion status when she takes on a capacity field of Japan's best fillies in the Grade 1 Shuka Sho at Kyoto on Sunday. - 19 Oct
Ascot Champions Day Preview Many of Europe's best gallopers, including middle distance performers, milers and fillies and mares, are on show at the appropriately-named Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday. - 18 Oct
Newmarket Triple Group 1 Preview The stars of the future are out in force at Newmarket on Friday as the Home of Racing hosts three Group 1 races for juveniles on a program to capture the imagination. - 17 Oct
Sprinters Stakes Preview Japan's best speed horses line up for the Group 1 Sprinters Stakes at Niigata on Sunday in a race that runs deep with winning chances. - 5 Oct
Lonchamp Arc Day Preview It may be the undercard but the "other" Group 1 races on Longchamp's famlous Arc De Triomphe raceday feature some of the world's best horses. Such is the depth in races ranging from 1000m to 4000m that there should be huge value for those who find a winner or two. - 4 Oct
Sun Chariot Stakes Preview The Group 1 Sun Chariot has attracted a small field this year but it lacks nothing in quality as the elite of European fillies and mares compete for the coveted prize over the Newmarket mile. - 4 Oct
Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe Preview A capacity field of international stars has been brought together for one of the most even renewals iin recent years of the Group 1 Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. - 3 Oct
Cheveley Park Stakes Preview The UK's best two-year-old fillies get their big chance for Group 1 glory in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. - 26 Sep
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
Leopardstown Preview 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
Coral-Eclipse Preview 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