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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.

New Zealand Derby Preview Another potential champion will be added to the list of legends that makes the Group 1 New Zealand Derby one of the great classics of world racing, when sensational three-year-olds Volkstok'n'barrell and Mongolian Khan head an outstanding field at Ellerslie on Saturday. - 26 Feb
February Stakes Preview Japan's best dirt track gallopers line up in the Grade 1 February Stakes over the Tokyo 1600m on Sunday. - 21 Feb
Hong Kong Classic Cup Preview Rising star Beauty Only will be striving to join champions Designs On Rome and Ambitious Dragon as a winner of the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup when he takes on a class field of imports over the Sha Tin 1800m on Sunday. - 14 Feb
Chairman's Sprint Prize Preview Boom sprinters Peniaphonia and Aerovelocity head a world-class lineup in the Group 1 Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin on Sunday. - 14 Feb
Ascot Chase Preview Boom jumper Ptit Zig will be out to graduate to elite company at stake a serious claim on the Cheltenham Festival when he lines up in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase on Saturday night. - 13 Feb
NRM Sprint Preview An elite field on New Zealand sprinter-milers clashes in the Group 1 NRM Sprint over the Te Rapa 1400m on Saturday. - 7 Feb
Herbie Dyke Stakes Preview New Zealand's best weight-for-age gallopers line up in the Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday. - 7 Feb
J & B Met Preview South Africa's best gallopers, headed world-class four-year-olds Futura and Louis The King, will be out to claim one of that country's great titles in the Grade 1 J & B Met at Kenilworth on Saturday. - 30 Jan
Thorndon Mile Preview New Zealand's best 1600m gallopers line up in a wide open Thorndon Mile at Trentham on Saturday, with the market likely to be each-way the field by start time. - 24 Jan
Levin Classic Preview New Zealand's best three-year-old milers will be out to stake their future championship claims in the Group 1 Levin Classic at Trentham on Saturday. - 16 Jan
Telegraph Handicap Preview Telegraph Handicap preview - 16 Jan
Queen's Plate Preview Champion South African 4yos Legislate and Louis The King head an elite line-up in the Grade 1 Queen's Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday. - 10 Jan
Railway Stakes Preview The first Group 1 race anywhere in the world for 2015, the time-honoured Railway Stakes at Ellerslie, has attracted its usual wide open field of class sprinters. - 1 Jan
King George VI Chase Preview The UK's best staying steeplechasers face off in the Grade 1 King George VI Chase over 4800m at Kempton on Friday night. - 26 Dec
Arima Kinen Preview Japan's - and by extension - the world's best stayers turn out in force for the sought-after Grade 1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama on Sunday in a race that should have long-reaching implications for next year's great distance races. - 26 Dec
Zabeel Classic Preview Reigning New Zealand Derby winner Puccini heads a field of the country's best weight-for-age gallopers in the Group 1 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. - 25 Dec
Long Walk Hurdle Preview Champion 7yo Zarkander leads a small but elite field of jumpers in the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday night. - 20 Dec
Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes Preview A full field of 18 colts will battle it out in the Grade 1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes over 1600m at Hanshin on Sunday in a race likely to throw up a champion stayer of the future. - 19 Dec
Hong Kong Vase Preview Top class French galloper Flintshire, star German stayer Empoli and the evergreen Red Cadeaux head a quality field in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin on Sunday. - 12 Dec
Hong Kong Cup Preview France, Australia, the UK and Japan are represented in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday - but the locals might be good enough to repel the international challenge. - 12 Dec
Hong Kong Mile Preview Rising superstar Able Friend is a raging favourite to win the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday, despite being opposed by one of the best 1600m fields seen in international racing this year. - 12 Dec
Hong Kong Sprint Preview World-class sprinters from Australia, the UK and Japan take on Hong Kong's best in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday. - 12 Dec
Sandown Grade 1 Steepchase Double Preview The UK jumps season goes up another level at Sandown on Saturday when many of the best short-course steeplechasers contest two Grade 1 races - the Henry VIII Novice Chase and the time-honoured Tingle Creek Chase. - 6 Dec
Champions Cup Preview Class United States galloper Imperative will take on Japan's best dirt track gallopers in the Grade 1 Champions Cup (formerly the Japan Cup Dirt) over the Chukyo 1800m on Sunday. - 5 Dec
Summer Cup Preview A capacity Grade 1 field plus a further 6 Grade 2 & 3 races - it all adds up to a top class meeting at Turffontein on Saturday. - 28 Nov