Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 28 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...

"The form of those runs is strong in the context of this race, and he's taken to win this."

Timeform on Saint Michael

Saint Michael - Vaal R3, 11:10 GMT

Saint Michael has yet to win in nine starts, but his consistency is difficult to knock, finishing second over C&D on each of his last two outings. The form of those runs is strong in the context of this race, and he's taken to win this. Pearl of Siberia is another consistent type with claims, while the unexposed Country Squire is another to consider.

Excellent Al - Vaal R4, 11:40 GMT

Excellent Al's effort to finish second over slightly further at Turffontein last time out was a career best effort, and a repeat of that run could well be enough for him to finally shed his maiden tag. Glitter Path is another who has been running well of late and is respected.

Setablaze - Vaal R5, 12:10 GMT

Setablaze has improved with each of his four starts to date, producing a career-best effort to finish second here over slightly shorter last time out. A repeat of that run would make him very hard to beat, and he gets the vote to get off the mark.

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