Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Thursday 25 July

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Timeform pick out three bets in South Africa on Thursday

Timeform pick out three worth backing from Vaal on Thursday...

"...he ought to take all the beating now returned to calmer waters..."

Timeform on Meeraas

Meeraas - Vaal R7, 14:55 BST

Meeraas was unable to complete a double when sixth over C&D last time out, but that was a career-best effort nonetheless in a much stronger race, and he ought to take all the beating now returned to calmer waters - off what looks a workable opening handicap mark. Village Deep is sliding down the weights and is a big danger off his revised mark, while both Zeal And Zest and Woodland's Forest have the ability to feature.

Powered Beauty - Vaal R8, 15:30 BST

Powered Beauty has proven a really consistent type in seven starts so far this year, and produced a pleasing effort on return from a short break when second over two furlongs further at Turffontein last month. The drop back to a mile shouldn't be an inconvenience, and this looks a good opportunity for him to resume winning ways. Grindelwald has struggled since a magical winning debut here in January, but a return to that kind of form would give him every chance, while Norland is another to consider if able to shrug off a poor run over seven furlongs here last time out.

Sammi Moosa - Vaal R9, 16:05 BST

Sammi Moosa is a regular at the Vaal, and although she was slightly disappointing when sixth here last time out, she had been holding her form really well prior to that, and appeals as the safest option in this moderate-looking affair. Serendipity has been struggling of late, but has slipped to 3 lb below her last winning mark and is respected, while Boutique has made a promising start to her career and is another who can't be ruled out.

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