Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Sunday February 19

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.

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Moon Shadow 11:15 (GMT)

Moon Shadow saved his best effort yet for last time out at Scottsville when a three quarter length runner up to La Ferrari last month, and with the fifth and sixth winning next time out and places from those further back in the field, the form has a way above average look to it already. He certainly showed plenty of speed that day over the same trip as he faces here and if Diego De Gouveia can hold on to the son of Pluck that little bit longer this morning, there is every reason to think Moon Shadow can come home in front today.

Apple Jack 12:25 (GMT)

Apple Jack looks interesting at the very least dropping back in trip after being campaigned over at least a furlong further in thirteen of his fourteen starts to date. He has been known to make the ape on occasion before weakening close home and if in form trainer Gareth van Zyl gives Diego De Gouveia the licence to bowl along in front then the son of Right Approach (who was with Sir Michael Stoute in his early days) could well skip clear of this field. A drop in the weights of another two pounds form the handicapper must make that option sorely tempting and if they do revert to earlier tactics then Apple Jack could well take some catching here.

Celtic Captain 14:40 (GMT)

Celtic Captain is the clear form choice for this contest having finished a half length second to Rikitikitana in the Grade Three Christmas Handicap on Boxing Day here over the mile. He has won over slightly shorter on the polytrack here in decent company so the trip is not expected to be an issue, while he remains 8 lb or more superior to all his rivals before the weight are taken in to account. Trainer Gareth van Zyl remains in superb form with four winners from his last thirty runners, while jockey Warren Kennedy has exactly the same statistics and has ridden the four-year-old in four of his last eight races and can thus steer Celtic Captain to an easy success this afternoon.

Timeform South African SmartPlays:
(All at Greyville)

Win back #1 MOON SHADOW in R1 (11:15 GMT)
Win back #9 APPLE JACK in R3 (12:25 GMT)
Win back #5 CELTIC CAPTAIN in R7 (14:40 GMT)

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