Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 23 May

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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...

"...she would be very difficult to beat if bouncing back to her best on this afternoon's terms."

Timeform on Upskilled

Upskilled - Vaal R7, 14:45 BST

While Upskilled was below form when fifth over C&D last month, she had been running really well prior to that, and she would be very difficult to beat if bouncing back to her best on this afternoon's terms. Operetta is a clear threat if able to build on her three recent placed efforts, while Mistressofmyfate is another to consider.

Defy Gravity - Vaal R8, 15:20 BST

An open-looking heat, in which Defy Gravity makes the most appeal. He strictly has something to find on form with some of the principals, but arrives here in good heart, and this consistent type is fancied to take this off what looks a workable mark. Finchatton and Hakeem are the biggest dangers to the selection.

Setablaze - Vaal R9, 15:55 BST

A maiden which doesn't look as though it will take too much winning, meaning that it looks worth siding with Setablaze, who is one of the more experienced runners in the field. He's generally been holding his form well of late, and ought to be up to winning this if able to shrug off a poor run last time out.

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