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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.

Satsuki Sho Preview Japan's best three-year-olds will strive to join such turf greats as Deep Impact, Agnes Tachyon, Victoire Pisa and Orfevre when a capacity field of 18 line sup for the Grade 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) at Nakayama on Sunday. - 19 Apr
Flame Hero Too Hot For Rivals The feature race from Happy Valley this evening is ‘The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Cup,’ Class 1 over 1650m. - 16 Apr
Oka Sho Preview Japan's best fillies strive for classic glory in the Grade 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) at Hanshin on Sunday - 12 Apr
Easter Handicap Preview New Zealand's last Group 1 race of the 2013/14 season, the Easter Handicap, has attracted depth and class for the race won over the years by some of the greats at Ellerslie on Saturday. - 10 Apr
Grand National Preview 40 horses, 30 fences, seven kilometres.... the Grand National looks as hard to work out as ever, with great value th only certainty at Aintree on Saturday. - 5 Apr
Calling With Love Ready To Fire The Class 3 Pedder Handicap over 1200m from Happy Valley tonight, (race 7 on the card) looks a wide open affair. - 2 Apr
Takamatsunomiya Kinen Preview Japan's best sprinters will be stepping up to fill the void left by retired superstar Lord Kanaloa in the Group 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo on Sunday. - 30 Mar
Dubai World Cup Preview Hong Kong will be out to prove to an international audience that it has come of age as a global force when two of its best horses line up against a star-studded field in the world's richest race, the Group 1 Dubai World Cup, this weekend. - 28 Mar
Dubai Sheema Classic Preview Champion stayers Gentildonna, Dunaden, Cirrus Des Aigles and Magician head an outstanding field in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan this weekend. - 28 Mar
Dubai Duty Free Preview One of the most open renewals of the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free ever run brings together an elite field from the UK, Europe, Japan and South Africa. - 28 Mar
Golden Shaheen Preview Sprinters from all around the world will contest the Group 1 Golden Shaheen over 1200m at Meydan this weekend.   - 28 Mar
Al Quoz Sprint Preview The world's fastest horses will be burning up the track in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint over the Meydon 1000m on Dubai World Cup Day. - 28 Mar
Access Years Looking To Go Back-To-Back Trainer John Size will be hoping to continue his excellent winning strike rate when teaming with Joao Moreira in the fifth race from Sha Tin this evening. - 26 Mar
Golden Harvest Clear Top Pick Impressive galloper Golden Harvest will have his second run this preparation in the final event from Happy Valley tonight over 1200m in Class 2 grade. - 19 Mar
Hong Kong Derby Preview The re-match everyone's been waiting for - Able Friend versus Designs On Rome - looks like turning the Group 1 Hong Kong Derby into one of the great renewals of the 2000m Sha Tin race. - 16 Mar
Silver Jubilee Cup Preview Hong Kong's best sprinters and milers will split the difference and race for Group 1 glory in the Silvery Jubilee Cup over 1400m at Sha Tin - will speed or strength win out? - 16 Mar
Cheltenham Day 4 Preview After a week of spectacular racing as only "The Festival" can produce, the world's best steeplechasers do battle in the Grade 1 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. - 14 Mar
Cheltenham Day 3 Preview All eyes will be on the great Big Buck's as the immortal champion tries to regain the form that won him 18 straight races in the Grade 1 World Hurdle on Day 3 at Cheltenham - but he comes up against an outstanding field including a brilliant mare who has never been beaten. - 13 Mar
Cheltenham Day 2 Preview Some of the world's fastest steeplechasers will burn up Cheltenham on Wednesday in the Grade 1 Queen Mother's Champion Chase over 3200m - and the promising stayers will do battle earlier in the Grade 1 RSA Chase. - 12 Mar
Speedygonzalez To Say Adios Speedygonzalez will be looking to make it three wins on end for trainer Casper Fownes this evening at Happy Valley, in the Sai Wan Ho Handicap class 3 over 1200m. - 12 Mar
Cheltenham Festival Day 1 Preview Great fields, including an 18-horse Grade 1 opener, launch the 2014 Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday in the manner we have come to expect from the world's best week of jumps racing. - 11 Mar
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
Redwood Baby Hoping To Return To The Winners Circle Zac Purton will team up with Redwood Baby for the first time this evening at Happy Valley in a Class 3 over 1800m. - 5 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