Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Sunday April 23

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

Timeform pick out three bets from Greyville on Sunday.


Esteemal - Greyville 12:20

Esteemal started her racing career at Kenilworth after rumours of some sparking gallops and was well supported to get off the mark first time out when sent off a 16/10 shot over this trip before a slow break and signs of inexperience saw her run on all too late in to third, beaten seven lengths at the line. A daughter of Captain Al out of a Fort Wood mare, she went in to plenty of notebooks as one for the future and now she has a better idea of what is required of her a win for Esteemal is eagerly anticipated before she moves up to better and more valuable races in the not too distant future.

Zodiac Ruler - Greyville 12:55

Zodiac Ruler has been gelded since last seen in action, and if the operation brings any improvement at all, then he will prove very hard to beat. Last time out at Kenilworth he finished a career best length and three quarters second to the top class Edict Of Nantes in the Grade One Cape Derby and a couple of lengths in front of main market rival Horizon over ten furlongs, but he is even better at this trip with a possible lack of race fitness after three months off seemingly a bigger danger to Zodiac Ruler than his opponents here.

Ovidio - Greyville 14:05

Ovidio drops in class this afternoon after competing effectively in the Grade Two Cape Stayers over a mile and three quarters at Kenilworth when a length and three quarters or so behind Krambambuli and Helderberg Blue. He drops back a couple of furlongs here to a distance he has yet to be beaten over, and unless he runs in to trouble which seems unlikely in a small field, Ovidio can rack up victory number eight this afternoon on his twenty-fifth start.

Timeform South Africa SmartPlays:

Win back #4 ESTEEMAL in R3 (12:20 BST)
Win back #2 ZODIAC RULER in R4 (12:55 BST)
Win back #1 OVIDIO in R6 (14:05 BST)


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