SIGNIFICANT MOVE was well backed on his reappearance over course and distance but was trapped wide throughout and among the first beaten in a race in which Palus San Marco eventually finished second. Stuart Kittow's charge is much better than that and can reverse the form with Tony Carroll's five-year-old in this smaller field and recoup losses. Top weight Opera Buff is 13lb higher than when winning over a longer trip at Salisbury in the autumn but will enjoy the soft ground. Busatto might appreciate the switch back to turf while Running Deer and Wilhana are consistent but Anton Chigurh needs some help from the handicapper.
Opera Buff 7-2fav (9-9) Soon pressing leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 13l behind Twelve Strings (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Anton Chigurh 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 27l behind Top Diktat (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Busatto (USA) 5-2 (9-6) Went right and bumped start, recovered to 2nd over 8f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 5, 9l behind Spes Nostra (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Mar.
Running Deer (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Prominent, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Kalispell (8-9) at Newbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Wilhana (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Always prominent, led well over 1f out, driven, headed and carried left inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Sian Gwalia (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Palus San Marco (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Towards rear, pushed along 7f out, headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, unable to get to winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Heezararity (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Significant Move 11-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 5l behind Heezararity (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft.