Tips, Comments & Feature Articles
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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.
Auckland Cup Diamond Day Preview
Two Group 1 races close off yet another great Auckland Cup Week, with New Zealand's best two-year-olds and weight-for-age gallopers on parade.
- 8 Mar
Auckland Cup Preview
Australians Celtic Prince and Travolta will take on a tough field of stayers headed by the highly-promising Who Shot Thebarman in the Group 1 Auckland Cup at Ellerslie on Wednesday.
- 5 Mar
New Zealand Derby Preview
The Group 1 New Zealand Derby has attracted a capacity field but top class three-year-olds Puccini, Weregoingtogetcha and Rising Romance will dominate discussions for the great classic over the Ellerslie 2400m on Saturday.
- 28 Feb
February Stakes Preview
Japan's best dirt track gallopers will be out to show they are world class on the surface in the Group 1 February Stakes at Tokyo on Sunday.
- 22 Feb
Haunui Farm WFA Classic Preview
Many of New Zealand's best milers line up in a remarkably open Group 1 Haunui Farm WFA Classic at Otaki on Saturday - and the winner may be well concealed in the small field.
- 22 Feb
Hong Kong Gold Cup Preview
World class gallopers Akeed Mofeed and Military Attack head a small but outstanding field in the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.
- 21 Feb
Ascot Chase Preview
A class field of fencers do battle in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase on Saturday.
- 15 Feb
Hong Kong Classic Cup Preview
Outstanding galloper Able Friend heads a quality field of four-year-olds brought together from around the world in the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.
- 15 Feb
Chairman's Sprint Prize Preview
World-class sprinter Lucky Nine will need to withstand the challenge of a quality field of speed gallopers in the Group 1 Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin on Sunday.
- 15 Feb
Zac Spirit The One To Beat
After a dominant first up win, trainer Cliff Brown will be hoping his talented gelding Zac Spirit can continue on his winning way in Sunday’s feature from Kranji, the Group 3 Three Rings Trophy over 1400m.
- 13 Feb
Waikato Sprint Preview
The scratching of champion filly Bounding has turned the Group 1 Waikato Sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday into something of a lottery - with class from top to bottom.
- 8 Feb
International Stakes Preview
At least eight of the 10 runners lining up for the Group 1 International Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday are rated genuine winning chances.
- 8 Feb
Freedman Hoping Super Good Can Recapture Best
SUPER GOOD, a 4YO gelding by Fastnet Rock, has always shown sound ability, however hasn’t always transferred ability into race track results, as reflected in a modest overall career record of 3 wins and 7 minor placing’s from the 20 career starts.
- 7 Feb
Kenilworth Grade 1 Previews
South Africa's best fillies and mares and two of the country's best colts make up a remarkable undercard on a J&B Met day that feature three Grade 1 races at Kenilworth on Saturday.
- 1 Feb
J&B Met Preview
South African champions Jackson and Capetown Noir will need to contend with rising superstar Master of My Fate when they renew their rivalry in the rich Grade 1 J&B Met at Kenilworth on Saturday.
- 31 Jan
Centenary Cup Preview
No longer having to chase home the legendary Lord Kanaloa, Hong Kong's best 1000m sprinters will do battle in a highly-competitive Group 1 Centenary Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.
- 26 Jan
Cape Flying Championship Preview
Many of South Africa's most exciting sprinters will be able Grade 1 glory in the Cape Flying Championship at Kenilworth on Saturday.
- 25 Jan
Thorndon Mile Preview
In another wide open New Zealand Group 1 race, a class field of 16 lines up for the Thorndon Mile at Trentham on Saturday.
- 24 Jan
Hong Kong Classic Mile Preview
The best young 1600m gallopers are out in force in Sunday's Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin on Sunday, a race for 4yo's with a record of producing future champions.
- 19 Jan
Stewards' Cup Preview
Hong Kong's bets milers - and indeed some of the world's best - are set for a memorable showdown in the Group 1 Stewards' Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.
- 19 Jan
Telegraph Handicap Preview
New Zealand's best sprinters line up in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham on Saturday - with the quality and the chances running deep.
- 17 Jan
Queen's Plate Preview
South Africa's best gallopers will be staking their claims on the upcoming J & B Met when they line up in the Grade 1 Queen's Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday.
- 11 Jan
Paddock Stakes Preview
Champion Beach Beauty heads a star-studded field of fillies and mares in the Grade 1 Paddock Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday.
- 11 Jan