Birdman comes out best at the weights and wasn't disgraced when sixth in the Free Handicap at Newmarket behind the highly-regarded Garswood. The latter is trained by Richard Fahey so he should have a good line on the chances of Flyman. He lost his unbeaten tag in a valuable Weatherbys sales race here in September but looks a smart prospect for this season. The same comment applies to EBN ARAB. Beaten in a couple of Group 3 races having won at York on his debut, entries in the Dante and St James's Palace Stakes suggest big things are expected of him this year and Ed Dunlop's colt gets the vote. Zainda is impossible to fancy in this company.
Birdman (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 4l behind Garswood (9-0) at Newmarket 7f Listed Handicap (3yo) (1) gd in Apr.
Flyman 7-1 (8-6) With leaders, pushed along over 2f out, faded entering final furlong, 11th of 21, 6l behind The Gold Cheongsam (8-1) at Doncaster 6f 2yo aut (2) gd in Sep.
Ebn Arab (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Raced keenly tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, weakened in closing stages, 4th of 7, 3l behind Havana Gold (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Zainda (IRE) 5-2fav (8-5) Chased leaders until 5f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Ifan (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.