Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday, December 21

There is racing from South Africa on Thursday
There is racing from South Africa on Thursday

Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Thursday.

"The first two home that day have placed since while the fifth has won, so the form looks solid..."

Khomotso - 10:40 Vaal

Khomotso looked like a winner in waiting on her debut here on the other (Standside) track back at the end of September with a length and a half third to Primrose over the six furlongs despite being very easy to back at odds of 16/1, having opened on course a 10/1 chance. The first two home that day have placed since while the fifth has won, so the form looks solid, and with nominal improvement for the in-form Lucky Houdalakis stable, Khomotso should win this before moving up in class.

Pale Lilac - 11:40 Vaal

Pale Lilac caught the eye first time out over course and distance with an unexpected length second to Zargun in late November when sent off a very generous 18/1 chance. Sure to improve for the experience as is the norm for the Alec Laird horses, the daughter of Alado already holds four of these on that form, and although this does look a very competitive heat, Randall Simons should have little difficulty in getting Pale Lilac to the front where it matters.

Star Of Joburg - 14:10 Vaal

Star of Joburg as an improving sort after just the three races and shows plenty of speed which is no surprise for a son of Horse Chestnut out of a Johannesburg mare. After a pair of third places in his first two runs here on the Standside course and then at Turffontein, he got off the mark in a five-furlong maiden here on the other track when seeing off He's Great by half a length, running on strongly. Given a rating of 74 for his handicap debut he may well be able to improve past that mark with the extra furlong expected to help Star Of Joburg more than some of his rivals this afternoon.

Timeform South Africa SmartPlays:
(All from Vaal)

Win back #12 KHOMOTSO in R2 (10:40 GMT)
Win back #10 PALE LILAC in R4 (11:40 GMT)
Win back #2 STAR OF JOBURG in R8 (14:10 GMT)

Want to know how these tips get on? You can find today's horse racing results on the Timeform website.

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