Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 8 November

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

#8 Mutrib - Vaal R6 (12:50 GMT)

Mutrib made a winning debut at Turffontein last year, and has performed with credit on numerous occasions without winning this year. He sets the standard on the pick of his form in this line-up and is worth backing to resume winning ways. Village Deep may emerge as the biggest danger.

#14 Wine Village - Vaal R8 (14:00 GMT)

Wine Festival matched the pick of her form when resuming winning ways over this C&D two weeks ago, scoring with a bit to spare, and is worth chancing to follow up. Western Dance is one of the least exposed in the line-up and could pose the biggest threat, ahead of Long Pond.

#11 Fortuna Doro - Vaal R9 (14:40 GMT)

This doesn't look the strongest race of its type, and Fortuna Doro showed enough on her latest start to suggest she's up to winning a race of this nature. She is taken to open her account, likely at the main expense of the more-exposed Ice Mint.

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