BAMBOLEO stayed on from the rear to finish fourth to Ugly Bug at Ffos Las two weeks ago and appears to be improving. He can thwart Xaarcet's hat-trick bid with the top weight 8lb higher than when scoring over a shorter trip at Taunton earlier this month. Ben Cee Pee M was placed off higher marks last season and may have needed his comeback run but Black Phantom appears to have lost his way and stablemate Bravo Bravo disappointed when favourite at Ffos Las on Boxing Day. Bincombe was backed to beat Xaarcet at Exeter on New Year's Day and is obviously thought capable of better - he must have a chance of turning the form around on better terms.
Xaarcet (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway 4 out, led 2 out, stayed on well, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy beating Man Of Leisure (10-2) by 3l, 16 ran.
Bamboleo (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 9th, went 4th when not fluent 2 out, one pace before last, 4th of 13, 11l behind Ugly Bug (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Trifollet 20-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, not fluent 9th, headway after 12th, left 3rd soon after last, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Trojan Sun (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Light The World (FR) 10-3 (11-12) Refused to race, in a race won by Prickles (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Ben Cee Pee M (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, ridden after next, weakened before last, 4th of 6, 22l behind Smart Exit (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Courting Whitney (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Held up tracking leading pair, mistakes 1st and next, reminder 8th, well outpaced before 3 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Too Generous (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
In The Post (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Led until after 1st, tracked leaders, jumped left and lost place 5th, ridden and weakened after next, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Bob Ford (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Black Phantom (IRE) 18-1 (11-10) Led until 2nd, prominent, weakened 8th, 8th of 13, 36l behind Spanish Arch (11-9) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Bincombe 3-1fav (10-6) Took keen hold towards rear, good headway 5th, led approaching next, joined 2 out, narrowly headed last, edged left under pressure flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Xaarcet (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Hopatina (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place before 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 10, well behind Too Generous (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Noble Chic 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, with leader 5th, led 6th, headed 8th and soon ridden, weakened from next, 5th of 9, 12l behind Romney Marsh (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Bravo Bravo 5-2fav (10-3) Chased leaders, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, moderate 4th, 4th of 7, 31l behind Firebird Flyer (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Ordensritter (GER) 50-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, not fluent next, mistake 6th, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 30l behind Sound Investment (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Just Cloudy 10-1 (11-0) Mid-division, fell 1st, in a race won by Newton Tonic (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Fashion Week 7-2 (11-2) Held up in last pair, headway to chase leaders approaching 4th, ridden and weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, 40l behind South Stack (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in May.