Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 31 December

Horses preparing to run
The South African action on New Year's Eve comes from Turffontein

Timeform pick out three selections from Turffontein on New Year's Eve...

"...this lightly-raced three-year-old could have more to offer..."

Timeform on Nartjie

#6 Phinda Mzala - R6 Turffontein (12:30)

Phinda Mzala was a beaten favourite here last time but he ran as well as ever to finish runner-up. He also went close on his previous start at the Vaal, beaten by just a neck, and should give another good account. Written In Stone has also been in good form of late and arrives on the back of a creditable third at the Vaal, so he looks the chief threat.

#6 Singfonico - R7 Turffontein (13:08)

Singfonico put a few disappointing efforts behind him when springing a surprise to score here earlier this month. That form isn't far below the very pick of his efforts and he holds solid claims. The chief danger could be True To Life, who has finished in the frame on all four starts since winning at Greyville in March and was a good second in a listed race last time.

#7 Nartjie - R9 Turffontein (14:10)

Nartjie scored in good style here last month and then showed improved form in defeat when runner-up over course and distance last time, going down by the narrowest margin. That is one of the best pieces of form on offer and this lightly-raced three-year-old could have more to offer. Prospector is proving consistent and can chase the selection home.

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