Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday, 31 August

Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Thursday
Timeform pick out three bets from South Africa on Thursday

Timeform pick out three bets from Vaal on Thursday.

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Artax - 12:35 Vaal

Artax has been unlucky enough to run in to some decent sorts in his last four races, finishing second on each occasion over distances from six furlongs to a mile, with a quarter length second when mugged on the line over that trip at Turffontein last time out. Dropped back to seven furlongs this afternoon he can bowl along near the front if that is the Azzie's wish and Gavin Lerena's instructions, and as he won't be stopping late on, Artax will take all the catching here.

Houston Rocket - 13:10 Vaal

Houston Rocket could make it a profitable day for followers of the Azzie yard dropping back in trip today after failing to see out the mile and a half when only ninth here last time out. A son of Ideal World, he will be far happier over this trip as proved by his maiden win at Turffontein and two and a quarter length sixth over course and distance in July, and with a tempting three pounds drop from the generous handicapper, Houston Rocket could well get back to winning ways today.

Inn A Million - 13:45 Vaal

Inn A Million is another Azzie runner (pure coincidence) and is also dropping back in trip having failed by a short head over the mile and a half here when second just over a week ago. That solid effort followed a win over this trip at Turffontein, and with two wins and six places from just the ten starts, his consistency is difficult to knock. Left on the same rating as last time out Inn A Million still looks well handicapped while in this sort of form, and ought to prove difficult to beat again here.

Timeform South Africa SmartPlays:
(All from Vaal)

Win back #7 ARTAX in R3 (12:35 BST)
Win back #3 HOUSTON ROCKET in R4 (13:10 BST)
Win back #2 INN A MILLION in R5 (13:45 BST)

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