Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Tuesday 19 February

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Timeform pick out three bets in South Africa on Tuesday

Timeform pick out their three best bets from Vaal on Tuesday...

"...he should be up to winning races from this sort of mark..."

Timeform on Hakeem

#8 Village Deep - Vaal R3 (11:10 GMT)

Village Deep returned to form when finishing second over further at Turffontein last time and the combination of this shorter trip and booking of Muzi Yeni can be the catalyst to see him get his head back in front. Highlander can prove best of the rest, while Festive Linngari also commands respect.

#9 Hakeem - Vaal R5 (12:15 GMT)

This looks a trappy affair but Hakeem ran one of his better races at Turffontein last time and a reproduction of that effort should suffice here. Admittedly, he is on a lengthy losing run, but he should be up to winning races from this sort of mark. Defy Gravity should also be thereabouts, while Odd Rob also commands a second look, too.

#5 Ilha da Varlette - Vaal R10 (15:05 GMT)

Ilha da Varlette has made a flying start to the year, winning both of her starts in good style over C&D, and there should be even more to come from this lightly-raced filly. She can complete a hat-trick, likely at the main expense of Opera.

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