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Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday, February 1

Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Thursday
Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Thursday
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Timeform pick out three bets from Vaal on Thursday.

"He did look a touch one-paced that day, suggesting the added quarter mile could play to his strengths..."

Sweaty Betty - 12:10 (GMT) Vaal

Sweaty Betty has the form in the book to win this for trainer Mike de Kock and should have little trouble in dealing with her rivals over the mile plus trip. Although her best placing was a second here over six furlongs her best run was last time out when a length and a half fourth over course and distance, and even a repeat of that should be enough to see Sweaty Betty come home in front this afternoon.

Imoto - 13:40 (GMT) Vaal

Imoto can make the most of the late withdrawal of market rival Mackbool here and win his first race at the fourth attempt. A striking grey son of Traffic Guard, he is slowly getting better one race at a time and came close to pulling off a 44/1 shock when a three length third over the Turffontein mile last month. He did look a touch one-paced that day suggesting the added quarter mile could play to his strengths and if that is the case, Imoto will take all the beating now.

Annie The Great - 14:50 (GMT) Vaal

Annie The Great is our third selection on a day of maidens and trainer Lucky Houdalakis will be expecting an easy victory from the daughter of Great Britain. This will be her eighth start so she can hardly be described as precocious, but her latest run here on the Classic track stands out in this line-up with a three-quarter length second to Bell Tower when caught close home over slightly further. Hopefully she will be allowed to race up with the pace today, in which case Annie The Great will take some catching and ought to get off the mark at last.

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