Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Friday, October 20

Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Friday
Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Friday

Timeform pick out three bets from Fairview and Greyville on Friday.


Close To My Heart - Fairview 12:55

Close To My Heart looks by far the likeliest winner here for trainer Gavin Smith if she can repeat or better her recent second to Bring Me More when beaten on the nod here over six and a half furlongs. The daughter of Marchfield would have won in another stride or two and the step up to the mile today could be just what she needs. Her nine races started out over four furlongs and she has raced at up to nine and a half furlongs, but this will be Close To My Heart's first try at this distance which should hopefully prove ideal.

Dragon Flame - Fairview 13:30

Dragon Flame has been in decent enough form recently with a second career win at Kenilworth in August over the one mile trip, and a solid length second last time out here when running on over shorter, and showing a lot more early speed than some expected. As a son of Bezrin, he is bred to be much happier back at the mile again this afternoon and as we now know he handles the polytrack, Dragon Flame looks the one to be on today.

Got Your Back - Greyville 17:40

Got Your Back is officially rated the highest of the older fillies and looks one of the likelier winners on the Greyville card. Some have questioned her resolve but it looks as though she has just been unlucky to run in to some decent horses in finishing second in her last three races, two at Scottsville and the latest here when two lengths adrift of On The Bounce over course and distance. She holds a few of these on the form book and can put her experience to good use for trainer Dennis Bosch, and with Denis Schwarz taking weight off her back via his allowance this may well be Got Your Back's best chance yet.

Timeform South Africa SmartPlays:

Win back #4 CLOSE TO MY HEART in R3 (12:55 BST) at Fairview
Win back #6 DRAGON FLAME in R4 (13:30 BST) at Fairview
Win back #1 GOT YOUR BACK in R4 (17:40 BST) at Greyville


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