Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Monday February 20

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

Timeform pick out three bets from Flamingo Park on Monday.

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African Fish Eagle 10:45 (GMT)

African Fish Eagle is clearly in good heart with three runners up spots in a row here, two of them over this trip and the other over a furlong shorter. He could be seen as a "nearly man" but has won three races in his thirty-seven race career and clearly has the stomach for a fight when conditions suit. His supporters sent him off an odds on shot last month (13/20) but he was always second best in that race, but African Fish Eagle will be unlucky to run in to one so well handicapped this morning and can come home in front.

Caribbean Bay 13:00 (GMT)

Caribbean Bay loves it on the sand here at Flamingo Park with six of his nine career wins here, four of them over this course and distance, including last time out in January when he hacked up by seven and a quarter lengths. He has been put up six pounds for that which seems more than fair enough and although Caribbean Bay has been forced slightly up in class this afternoon he looks difficult to oppose.

News Flash 13:30 (GMT)

News Flash was forced to pull out all the stops to hang on grimly over this trip at Vaal on turf last time out, but gets in here off exactly the same rating. A return to the sand is not seen as an issue with a course and distance win to his name from October 2016 proving he handles this surface as well as if not better than the grass. Now a six-year-old he seems to be at the very top of his game, and with the Paul Matchett stable in good enough form and Muzi Yeni one of the top jockeys here, there is every reason to think that News Flash can double up this afternoon.

Timeform South African SmartPlays:
(All at Flamingo Park)

Win back #3 AFRICAN FISH EAGLE in R2 (10:45 GMT)
Win back #3 CARIBBEAN BAY in R7 (13:00 GMT)
Win back #2 NEWS FLASH in R8 (13:30 GMT)

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