16:48 Beverley

BIT OF A QUIRKE (best price 6/1) is knocking on a bit nowadays, but based on recent evidence, he isn’t a busted flush just yet, and with a record of 6 wins from 20 starts at today’s venue, he can once again roll back the years on the Westwood.

Similar to last season, Mark Walford’s gelding shaped as though he would be all the better for his seasonal bow over today’s C&D and that notion was borne true with an altogether more positive display at Ripon last time out. Setting out to make all the running at the Yorkshire venue, the nine-year-old saw everything off but for Billy Roberts in the dying strides, but with the time figure revealing he’d clearly set almost impossible fractions to be maintained for the grade, his effort in defeat can be seriously marked up. Likely to ridden in the only way he knows how; he will be potent force to all if the track rides off the front.

Bit Of A Quirke - 1pt e/w @ 6/1

19:05 Warwick

EVAS DIVA (NAP) (best price 9/4) was heavily involved in a decent contest for the grade here last time out and she would only need to replicate the same level of form to go one pace better on her return to the Midland track.

Held up towards the rear in what turned out to be a strongly-run C&D contest 23 days ago, Roy Brotherton’s mare was noted still going well coming out of the back straight, but it was at this point when the eventual winner kicked for home while she got caught up in the backwash. Staying on powerfully from two out, she managed to whittle the margin down to a length at the line, and with her conqueror and third home, going on to boost the form last weekend, the race looks a totally believable one.

Arriving here 0-24, there will be many who will question her credentials to actually go on and win a race, but if you see how strongly she galloped out after the line here last time and, add into the equation the speed figure of the race, it puts the performance into a better perspective. Unlikely to be as far behind here this evening on account of the smaller field, the daughter of Getaway rates a strong choice to break her maiden tag.

Evas Diva - 2pts @ 9/4

19:15 Wexford

There’s little doubt The Bosses Oscar would eat these for breakfast at his best, but on recent evidence (even last week’s technically better effort is a red herring due to a farcically slow pace) it’s hard to know where we stand with Gordon Elliott’s gelding and for that reason, he’s passed over in favour of WHATSNOTOKNOW (best price 3/1).

One win in 26 is undoubtedly a poor return for a horse of his ability and that has to be a slight concern, but when you look at some of the competition he’s faced in the last twelve months, it’s probably no surprise why he’s struggled to get his head in front. Third in the qualifier for the Pertemps Final at Fairyhouse back in November, Mouse Morris’ gelding went on to run a gallant race at the Cheltenham Festival when a creditable seventh of the 22-strong field.

Not quite so good in a similar contest at Aintree last time out, he will obviously have to raise his game against two useful opponents here this evening, but with the less taxing environment and better ground set to suit, the son of Mahler rates the value call of the big three at the front end of the market.

Whatsnotokmow - 1pt @ 3/1