Timeform pick out bets from Vaal on Thursday.
"He has placed off far higher ratings in the past and is now looking as if a return to his best form is imminent..."
Pietro Mascagni - 11:10 Vaal
Pietro Mascagni is a very good-looking son of top sire Silvano who got home by the narrowest of margins over shy of six furlongs at Turffontein, before being stepped up considerably to a mile at the same track when a fading thirteenth of fifteen, beaten twelve lengths at the line. That was a Grade Two event and Mike de Kock's three-year-old should appreciate this considerable drop in class, and Pietro Mascagni can make it two wins from three starts this morning.
Pinfanta - 11:40 Vaal
Pinfanta looks a typical Lucky Houdalakis sort, and followed a very promising fifth here on the other track over seven furlongs when stepping up on that considerably on her only other start when a nose second to Glamorous Scandal at Turffontein when running on strongly over the same trip. Upped to just over a mile here, the daughter of the much missed Captain Al can only improve again, and she will be very unlucky to run in to anything good enough to lower Pinfanta's colours here.
Resolute Captain - 13:00 Vaal
Resolute Captain tried this course and distance last time out a week or so ago and seemed to relish it when going under by the narrowest margin off the same rating to Polar Ice at odds of 33/10, with the rest of the field a further length or more behind. He has placed off far higher ratings in the past and is now looking as if a return to his best form is imminent at the age of five, and if that is the case then Resolute Captain will take all the beating again this afternoon.
Timeform South Africa SmartPlays:
(All from Vaal)
Win back #10 PIETRO MASCAGNI CHARTER in R3 (11:10 GMT)
Win back #14 PINFANTA in R4 (11:40 GMT)
Win back #9 RESOLUTE CAPTAIN in R6 (13:00 GMT)
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