Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday, January 25

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

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

"On form alone he looks by far the likeliest winner..."

Mackbool - 11:10 Vaal

Mackbool is still a maiden after four starts but finished a half length second to Red Indy on his second outing when sent to Turffontein suggesting he has a win or two in him. Sent off an odds-on chance here on the Classic track in December he was third but again beaten half a length at the line, with a length and a quarter third to Ontario at Turffontein this month on his latest outing. Mike de Kock will deem him unlucky to run in to anything as good in this field and on form alone he looks by far the likeliest winner.

Serendipity - 12:10 Vaal

Serendipity looks a spot of value for the Lucky Houdalakis stable and is running off a weight he looks more than capable of carrying to success this afternoon. Only the one win from twelve starts will see him sent off at a decent price, but he ran on well enough over an inadequate seven furlongs here last time when a three and a quarter length fifth, and dropped three pounds and upped in trip, Serendipity has his best chance yet of his second victory.

Fort Vodka - 14:00 Vaal

Fort Vodka could well make it a double on the day for Lucky Houdalakis here with any further improvement, and after just the two starts there ought to be a lot more to come. A twelve length tenth over this course and distance at odds of 18/1 didn't suggest the daughter of What A Winter had much talent but she bettered that effort considerably when winning easily enough here last week from favourite Regal Graduation, who in turn hacked up next time out. A handicap mark of 72 seems about right but she is expected to offer up a lot more over the months ahead, and Fort Vodka could yet be well in here.

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