Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 30 January

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Timeform pick out their best bets in South Africa on Thursday

Timeform select their three best bets from the Vaal on Thursday...

"...looks the one they all have to beat."

Timeform on Darkest Hour

#7 Nordic Rebel - Vaal R5 (12:50 GMT)

Nordic Rebel produced a career best when landing a course-and-distance handicap last month, and with the second and third both going in since, that looks a strong piece of form. Finchatton is tough to ignore where second place is concerned, while Flash Burn can win the battle for the minor prize money.

#9 Darkest Hour - Vaal R6 (13:30 GMT)

Darkest Hour ran a bit below form at Turffontein last time but had previously put together a couple of solid efforts at this venue - including once over this trip, and looks the one they all have to beat. Waqaas looks the main danger, while Capetown Affair edges the vote for third.

#6 Rocky Path - Vaal R7 (14:05 GMT)

Rocky Path has been in good form of late and a repeat of his latest performance, when runner-up over this course and distance, should be enough to see him go one better here. At Hand finished a half-length behind him that day and will offer stiff opposition once again, while Christopher Robin makes up the shortlist.

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