Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 25 March

Racing in South Africa
Timeform bring you three to back in South Africa on Thursday

Timeform select the three best bets at the Vaal on Thursday.

"...made the perfect start to her career when winning a maiden over this course and distance three weeks ago..."

Timeform on Midnight Gem

#2 Zodiac Princess - Vaal R3 (11:40 GMT)

Zodiac Princess is still a maiden after 19 starts, but this looks a good chance for her to finally make the breakthrough. She has finished placed on no fewer than eight occasions and rates the clear form pick now back down in trip, with many of her best efforts coming at around five furlongs. Verinova, who is returning from nearly five months on the sidelines, can battle it out with Smelting for a share of the minor money.

#15 Spanish Song - Vaal R4 (12:15 GMT)

Spanish Song showed plenty of ability when third on her debut at this course three weeks ago, keeping on well to be beaten four and three quarter lengths. That form is working out well (the runner-up won next-time-out) and sets the standard in this line-up, so Spanish Song rates a confident selecton to get off the mark at the second attempt with further progress on the cards. Just Judy and Lucy Belle head the list of dangers.

#7 Midnight Gem - Vaal R8 (14:30 GMT)

Midnight Gem made the perfect start to her career when winning a maiden over this course and distance three weeks ago, forging clear to land the spoils by three lengths. She remains open to more improvement and rates very much the one to beat as she bids to maintain her unbeaten record in a weak contest, leaving Hear The Trumpet and Java House to complete the shortlist.

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