AFTER THE STORM just failed to catch the winner in what looked a tougher maiden race over track and trip earlier in the month. He's likely to prove a popular choice with Frankie getting the leg-up and can open his account. Against The Tide steps up in distance having managed only fourth over a mile here on her debut. She's a half-sister to recent course and distance winner Castilo Del Diablo and makes more appeal than Gentlemax while Ceevee and Midnight Chorister have their first outings on the Flat having competed without success in bumpers so far.
After The Storm 8-1 (9-9) Chased leading trio, went 3rd over 2f out, chased winner well over 1f out, driven to challenge inside final furlong, stayed on in closing stages but always just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Candyman Can (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Midnight Chorister 16-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in last, went 4th 5f out, outpaced from over 2f out, no impression, 4th of 5, 18l behind Bandit Country (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Rocky Elsom (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, not clear run and hampered over 2f out, not much room when weakening over 1f out, 7th of 9, 11l behind Nibani (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan '12.
Smirfys Eric (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Mid-division, lost place halfway, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up 4f out, dismounted, in a race won by Harry Topper (10-5) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Apr '11, 15 ran.
Ceevee 20-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, no chance with front pair final 2f, plugged on, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Uncle Muf (11-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Dec.
Gentlemax (FR) 20-1 (9-7) Dwelt, always in rear, 8th of 10, 12l behind Run It Twice (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Against The Tide (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 10, 8l behind Just One Kiss (9-13) at Lingfield 1m mdn fll (5) pol.