Timeform pick out their three best bets from Vaal on Thursday…
“He was rewarded for a run of placed efforts when getting back to winning ways here last time and is still relatively unexposed at this trip”
Timeform on Highlander
The four-year-old filly STORMBORNE THUNDER can’t really be opposed and is well up to winning this. She has finished runner-up on her last two starts, including when a half-length second to Emily Hobhouse last time, and a repeat of either run should be enough. Lana Turner is difficult to ignore where second place is concerned, while Doreen Falls may be the one for third.
He may still be a maiden after 10 starts, but SMART DEAL was much improved compared with his previous run in his latest race, when beaten less than half a length into fourth behind Kamakura, and has strong claims. Mantracker is most likely the biggest threat, while Tongue Twister is the other candidate for the three.
Four-time winner HIGHLANDER gets a narrow vote but hasn’t much room for error. He was rewarded for a run of placed efforts when getting back to winning ways here last time and is still relatively unexposed at this trip. Plucky Plunderer makes most appeal of the others, while Tern Unstoned commands a closer look as well.
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