Timeform South Africa SmartPlays: Tuesday 21 January

Hoofs on turf
The South African action on Tuesday comes from the Vaal

Timeform identify three bets at the Vaal on Tuesday..

"...has been improving with each run of late..."

Timeform on Flaming Duchess

#12 Christopher Robin - Vaal R7 (13:55 GMT)

After putting his rivals to the sword at Turffontein last month, Christopher Robin ran below form when last of six a couple of weeks later. He bounced back to form last time however, finishing a good second, and is worth siding with to regain the winning thread here. Top Rank has been in good form recently and could give the selection the most to think about, while Shabba Ranks and Our Man In Havana also hold claims.

#9 Gallic Princess - Vaal R8 (14:35 GMT)

Gallic Princess has running consistently of late, finishing in the first three in all but one of her last five starts. She put in a career best when second over this course and distance last month and this looks a good opportunity for her to go one better. Too Phat To Fly showed improved form when fourth here last month and she may be the best bet for second, while Flying High is perhaps the most interesting other runner in the line up.

#9 Flaming Duchess - Vaal R9 (15:10 GMT)

Flaming Duchess has been improving with each run of late and turned in a career best when landing a course and distance maiden earlier this month. She sets the standard in this field and is the one to take aim at, but Ex's 'N Oh's and Lady Lexington both look dangerous in an open contest.

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