Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Sunday, January 28

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

Timeform pick out three bets from Scottsville on Sunday...

"The small field hopefully negating any traffic issues..."

Silver Raisin - 11:50 Scottsville

Silver Raisin has been a "slow-burner" so far for trainer Duncan Howells with a debut eighth here followed by a seventh at Greyville on the polytrack before stepping up on that with a running on two and a quarter length third to Everlasting Love at the same course. With the second, fifth, and eleventh all placing since, the form looks solid enough, and with an added furlong sure to suit the daughter of Byword, Silver Raisin can get off the mark this morning.

Bear Hug - 12:25 Scottsville

Bear Hug is expected to have blinkers applied for the first time this afternoon by Duncan Howells and that may be all the three-year-old gelding needs to win his first race. Six starts, all of them here at Scottsville, have seen a third spot over course and distance in September and a four and three-quarter length second here last time when clearly failing to see out the nine furlongs plus last month as his best efforts. Dropped back to this far more suitable mile he seems to have his best chance yet, and Bear Hug won't find many easier maidens in the weeks or months ahead.

London Call - 14:10 Scottsville

London Call has won ten of his eighteen starts and is still relatively lightly raced for a seven-year-old with improvement still possible. Last time out he won a Pinnacle Stakes here over course and distance by a cosy half a length, and has a career best fourth in the Mercury Sprint on his CV as well, and a repeat of either run really ought to see London Call come home in front, with the small field hopefully negating any traffic issues over the six furlongs here.

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