Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Saturday, October 21

There is racing from South Africa on Saturday
There is racing from South Africa on Saturday

Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Saturday.


Naafer - 12:40 (BST) Turffontein

Naafer is clearly favoured by the race conditions and despite being the highest rated according to the handicappers (by three pounds and more), he gets weight from four of his eight rivals and should prove hard to beat. Last time out the son of Lonhro finished a two and a half-length eighth to Purple Diamond in the Golden Horseshoe on Durban July day which is top class form and suggests he can go on to better things this season, and with his absence the only concern, Naafer ought to win his second race today.

Ostinato 13:35 - (BST) Durbanville

Ostinato is overdue a win after finishing second in four races in a row before finishing third last time out here over a furlong shorter. That made eight places from ten races and she is becoming a little frustrating and expensive to follow, but she is two pounds better off with Dark Goddess who was a neck in front of her last time so ought to reverse that form. With an added furlong in her favour Ostinato can finally come home in front.

Icon King 14:45 - (BST) Durbanville

Icon King did find himself a little bit outclassed last time out when taking in the Matchem Stakes and finishing last of nine over the seven furlongs here earlier this month. Sent off a 44/1 chance that run matched expectations, and dropped in to a more realistic field today off the same rating of 84, the Rebel King gelding should be far more at home, with Akshay Balloo's claim an added bonus that can only aid Icon King's cause.

Timeform South Africa SmartPlays:

Win back #5 NAAFER R3 (12:40 BST) Turffontein
Win back #4 OSTINATO in R3 (13:35 BST) Durbanville
Win back #7 ICON KING in R5 (14:45 BST) Durbanville


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