Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 21 February

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Timeform pick out three bets in South Africa on Thursday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Vaal on Thursday...

"That was a clear career best and he should prove hard to stop in his hat-trick bid now..."

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#16 Stockbridge - Vaal R3 (11:15 GMT)

With the defection of At Hand it is Stockbridge who looks the one to beat. He shaped well on his belated debut(now a five-year-old) at Turffontein earlier this month and, likely to improve for that initial outing, he can get off the mark at the second attempt. Palace Assembly may prove best of the remainder, while Fairbanks shouldn't be discarded.

#1 Russian Prince - Vaal R8 (14:10 GMT)

Russian Prince arrives at the top of his game and could still have even more to offer judged by his latest success over six furlongs here last time. That was a clear career best and he should prove hard to stop in his hat-trick bid now. Dewali is feared most, while Topmast has a good shout of a share of the minor money.

#10 Roman Evening - Vaal R10 (15:20 GMT)

Roman Evening is a two-time C&D winner who didn't need to be at his best to resume winning ways at Flamingo Park last time, and he could be up to following up in what looks an open handicap. Phillydelphia is most likely the toughest threat, while Rebel Renegade could go well too.

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