Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Tuesday February 21

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

Timeform pick out three bets from Vaal on Tuesday.


Laurent du Var - Vaal 11:00

Laurent du Var ran a blinder when beaten a length and three-quarters on his racecourse debut at Turffontein and the winner boosted the form when following up on her next start in a juvenile plate here. Laurent du Var was well-backed on that occasion, but lost ground when clipping the heels of the leaders and showed signs of inexperience when trying to get back on terms with the winner. He has been gelded since that effort and should prove extremely difficult to beat if reproducing that level of form.

Unchained Melody - Vaal 11:35

Unchained Melody is clearly held in some regard at the Paul Peter stable and was well supported when only narrowly beaten on his racecourse debut. That was a workriders plate and he has the added assistance of Lyle Hewitson in the saddle this morning. He is entitled to improve with that initial experience under his belt and is fancied to get off the mark at the second time of asking in what doesn't look the strongest race of its kind.

Fieldmarshal Fenix - Vaal 13:20

Fieldmarshal Fenix has a tough enough job on his plate this afternoon in this sprint handicap, but is fancied to resume winning ways after a couple of seconds in the last few months. He was put up 3 lb for finishing second at Turffontein in late December, before finding a sixth furlong beyond him when beaten over three lengths last time. He has plenty of early speed, though, and Fieldmarshal Fenix should prove difficult to peg back if given an easy time time of things on the front end over this shorter trip.

Timeform South African SmartPlays:
(All from Vaal)

Win back #7 LAURENT DU VAR in R1 (11:00 GMT)
Win back #7 UNCHAINED MELODY in R2 (11:35 GMT)
Win back #3 FIELDMARSHAL FENIX in R5 (13:20 GMT)


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