Jack Milner: Paper Town was fancied to win the Founders Trophy (Non-Black Type) over 1600m at Fairview in August last year but ran an absolute shocker and was only able to beat one runner home.
What ever went wrong, it kept this five-year-old son of Bezrin out of action until March this year but he has come back well and is in good enough form to win this year’s race at Fairview’s turf track on Friday.
This Gavin Smith-trained gelding clearly needed his first run back but since then he has put up three decent enough efforts, all over 1600m. His last run, in particular, suggests he could be a winner of this race because he finished a 1.25-length third behind American Landing.
The pair meet again in this event but Paper Town is now 4kg better off. He is also 3kg better off with Mangrove who finished second in that race, just a neck ahead of Paper Town.
Teaque Gould rode him on that occasion but Stallone Naidoo has picked up the ride this time.
American Landing is one of three runners from the Alan Greeff yard, the others being Rock Aloe and Sunshine Mint.
Rock Aloe has some good early form over the distance but lately he has been racing over further. In fact, his last start was over2400m in the Listed East Cape Derby in which he finished a 1.25-length second behind stable companion and hot favourite American Princess.
Luyolo Mxothwa gets the ride this time.
Mangrove and American Landing could fight it out for third place because based on their last run there is nothing to choose between the pair. Mangrove finished one length behind the Greeff-trained runner and is now 1kg better off.
However, Wayne Agrella takes the ride this time on Yvette Bremner’s runner and that could give Mangrove a slight advantage over American Landing.
Jack Milner’s selections
Race 2: 8 Market Day, 6 Jaeger Moon, 5 Homer Fidget, 7 Just Sonic
Race 3: 2 Gibral De Roche, 3 Edo Furin, 1 Interstate, 4 Ghalyoon
Race 4: 6 Forries On Friday, 7 Quintus Angel, 10 Granadilla, 9 Flying Squaw
Race 5: 3 Mary Moon, 12 Intrepid Traveller, 7 Vi Va Pi Pa, 1 Pale Lilac
Race 6: 2 Tawny Jet, 5 Nickelback, 3 Leprechaun, 14 Sir Geoffrey
Race 7: 8 Paper Town, 4 Rock Aloe, 2 Mangrove, 1 American Landing
Race 8: 10 Beethoven, 8 Seville, 1 Purple Diamond, 4 Alwahsh
Race 9: 2 Proclaimer, 1 Pomaceous, 4 Wicked Grin, 6 Brazil Nut