Matt Brocklebank fancies an improving chaser from Jonjo O'Neill's yard to follow up a recent win at Newbury on Wednesday.
Sporting Life Daily Nap, January 16
QUARENTA looks absolutely made for chasing and can keep up his clear rate of progression in Newbury's Mionetto Prosecco Handicap Chase (2.50).
Jonjo O'Neill's imposing gelding arguably did well to win a bumper and a hurdle race, given his size, and it's hoped he can make up into a better horse over the larger obstacles now he's fully grown into his frame.
That definitely looked to be the case when winning narrowly at Warwick last month as he appeared to be shuffled back into a really difficult position on the home turn, before picking up the leaders and registering the win.
Still a touch green in the home straight when asked for maximum effort, he eventually passed the runner-up with ears pricked - a serious indication that there's probably more to come as he matures.
The official assessor has reacted by bumping Quarenta up 6lb, but that's still a shade below his peak mark over hurdles and switching from a sharp track like Warwick to the wide, sweeping turns of Newbury looks bound to suit.
Conditions also appear dead in his favour, the seven-year-old's three wins so far coming on Standard (Polytrack), Good and Good to Soft. He's generally been below par on testing going so there's little to worry about on that score, and not one of his rivals looks open to the same amount of improvement.
The big danger appears to be Mister Malarky, who concedes plenty of weight to the selection but has some smart form over hurdles including a Kempton win over Highway One O One.
He's gone up another 2lb for finishing third over this course and distance last time, however, and obviously needs to pull out a little more if he's to regain the winning thread against a progressive type like Quarenta.
Running total: +23.71pts | Click here for full naps table