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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.

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
Golden Shaheen Preview One of the world's great sprints, Sunday's Grade 1 Golden Shaheen at Meydan is looming as a contest between the United States and Hong Kong. - 26 Mar
Dubai World Cup Preview The United States, Japan and United Arab Emirates are set for a titanic showdown in a compelling renewal of the Grade 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan this Sunday morning (AEDT). - 26 Mar
Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup Preview Hong Kong superstars Able Friend and Gold-Fun could produce one of the match races of the year in an intriguing renewal of the Group 1 Stewards' Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday. - 14 Mar
Hong Kong Derby Preview The Group 1 Hong Kong Derby is a race for champions, with the likes of Viva Pataca, Ambitious Dragon and Designs On Rome among recent winners - and Sunday's renewal is sure to maintain the standard, as an exceptional field of four-year-olds strive to add their names to the honour roll. - 14 Mar
Cheltenham Day 4 Preview Big fields are the order of the day for Cheltenham Day 4. The much-anticipated Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the most of for many years, with champion Silviniaco Conti looking to improve on two misses in the great race so far as he takes on some grand stayers, including the winners of two most recent renewals. - 12 Mar
Cheltenham Day 3 Preview In a week that features some standout performers dominating markets, Thursday's Grade 1 World Hurdle over 4800m gives punters looking for big value and great action a near capacity quality field with a host of chances. - 12 Mar
Cheltenham Day 2 Preview The world's best speed chasers, including comeback superstar Sprinter Sacre, shape up in an outstanding renewal of the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase on Cheltenham Day 2 on Wednesday. - 11 Mar
Cheltenham Day 1 Preview The new star of UK jumps racing Faugheen takes on an established field boasting a couple of genuine stars in an amazing Grade 1 Champion Hurdle to launch the 2015 Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday night (AEDT). - 9 Mar
Diamond Stakes Preview New Zealand's most promising two-year-olds line up in the Group 1 Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday. - 7 Mar
New Zealand Stakes Preview Outstanding mare Rising Romance heads a class field in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes at Ellerslie on Saturday. - 7 Mar
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