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Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 3 October

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Timeform pick out their three best bets from the Vaal on Thursday...

"...this looks an excellent opportunity for her to belatedly get off the mark..."

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#6 KEEP SMILING - Vaal R3 (13:20 BST)

KEEP SMILING and Ronnie's Candy look the pair to focus on here, with marginal preference for the former if building on the promise of her latest second at Turffontein. Rockin Russian is another who is likely to prove hard to keep out of the frame given her consistent profile.

#2 RITCHI - Vaal R5 (14:30 BST)

RITCHI produced her best effort yet to finish second over C&D in August, when beaten just a length and a half, and this looks an excellent opportunity for her to belatedly get off the mark if reproducing that sort of form after six weeks off. Laconia can give the selection most to do, along with The Jocelyn Tree.

#5 CHARIOT OF GOLD - Vaal R8 (16:17 BST)

CHARIOT OF GOLD was slightly disappointing at Turffontein last time, but she had been running well at this venue prior to that and is well worth another chance in an open heat. French Leave, who was a game winner over C&D last time, and Before Noon head the list of dangers.

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