The application of eye-shields to BAY CENTRAL has made plenty of difference to the fortunes of Evan Williams' nine-year-old, and having recently made all to win a handicap chase off a mark of 103, connections will be surprised if he can't take advantage of his significantly lower mark over hurdles. Royal Trooper hasn't set the world alight since switching to hurdles but he had enough ability to win five races on the Flat for previous connections. Sarenice has been tried against some hot opposition in the past and this should be a much more realistic assignment for Jimmy Frost's mare. Hawk Gold finally got off the mark with a victory at Plumpton and though that a very moderate contest, the second has gone on to win a handicap at Towcester.
Bay Central (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Made all, not fluent 7th, mistake next, went left 3 out, clear flat, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf beating Ninfea (11-8) by 6l, 8 ran.
Haveumistim 20-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place before 6th, 9th of 13, 37l behind Just Cloudy (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Sarenice (FR) 14-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 9l behind Church Field (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Sid 100-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, 7th of 12, well behind Thunder Sheik (10-6) at Worcester 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd in Jun.
Maggie Aron 40-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway from 3 out, went 4th after last, never on terms, 4th of 15, 10l behind Lovey Dovey (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) gf.
Si Bien (FR) 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, effort and every chance 3 out, soon lost place, weakened from next, 6th of 10, 17l behind Pour Changer (11-3) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Royal Trooper (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, well behind 5th, never in contention, tailed off, 7th of 15, well behind Royal Guardsman (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Sassy Wren 50-1 (11-1) Raced keenly, in touch, outpaced 3 out, no impression when not fluent next, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 22l behind Amistress (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jun.
Hawk Gold (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden and one pace from last, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Windpfeil (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Illegale (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Led, headed before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Bach On Tow (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.