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.
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
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
Fighting Fifth Hurdle Preview
Three of the UK's rising jumps stars - Irving, Arctic Fire and Aurore D'Estruval - head a small but select lineup for the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday.
- 28 Nov
Japan Cup Preview
One of the great Japanese field of all time contests the Grade 1 Japan Cup at Tokyo on Sunday - with grand champion Gentildonna striving for a third straight win in the race against a string of elite gallopers who would be favourite in most staying races around the world.
- 27 Nov
Lancashire Chase Preview
Many of the UK's best fencers will be primed for the Grade 1 jumping season when they meet in the Lancashire Chase at Hayodck on Saturday night.
- 22 Nov
Mile Championship Preview
Japan's best 1600m gallopers have been brought together for the Grade 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto on Sunday.
- 21 Nov
Tenno Sho (Autumn) Preview
Japan's very best gallopers run in a race that would hold its own anywhere in the world, when a capacity field of 18 lines up for the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn) at Tokyo on Sunday.
- 1 Nov
Breeders' Cup Day 2 Preview
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic may be the headline race of the weekend but Santa Anita hosts two full days of Grade 1 racing and any race on Sunday's "undercard" would be the feature event on most race cards around the world.
- 1 Nov
Breeders' Cup Day 1 Preview
It's a very even first day of the 2014 Breeders' Cup meeting, with quality across the card and plenty of value for the astute punter.
- 31 Oct
Breeders' Cup Classic Preview
The United States is primed to show the world just how good it's best horses can be when champion three-year-olds Shared Belief and California Chrome head a start-studded cast in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita this Sunday (AEDT).
- 28 Oct