Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Friday 1 March

Horses on sand
Timeform pick out three bets in South Africa on Friday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Fairview on Friday...

"...should prove hard to beat with improvement forthcoming..."

Timeform on Mendocino

#10 Mendocino - Fairview R2 (10:40 GMT)

Mendocino was well fancied for her debut over five furlongs at this course last month and made a most encouraging start, too, finding only one rival too good. The winner that day has run well since and Mendocino should prove hard to beat with improvement forthcoming. Scarborough Fair could provide the biggest competition

#10 Royal Fort - Fairview R5 (12:10 GMT)

Royal Fort broke his maiden over this C&D last year and since returning from a short break in December, he has been threatening to come good. He ran as though he's nearly ready to come to the boil on the all-weather track last time and can take advantage of a return to turf here. Gimmetherain is taken for the forecast, while Chestnut Wild is another with a place chance.

#8 Fabian - Fairview R8 (14:05 GMT)

Fabian was generally progressive last year, opening his account at the second attempt and running with credit thereafter. He looked better than ever on his sole run this year, finishing runner-up at Kenilworth, and he looks to hold solid claims on these terms. Deepston can get the better of the remainder.

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