Don’t Call Me up for the Challenge

Don’t Call Me has a terrific record at Ascot and looks good value at 16/1 in the Betfred Challenge Cup (3.35).

Dandy Nicholls’ gelding is yet to finish out of the first four in five starts at the track, with his worst run coming over a distance of 1m 2f which is too far for her.

The five-year-old has won twice at the track, and her runs over today’s distance have resulted in a win and a third.

The son of Haafhd finished a fine third of 30 to Imperial Guest in the Royal Hunt Cup here back in June, and comes into the race on the back of over course and distance last time out where he beat that rival by 1 1/2 lengths off a mark of 96 on good-to-firm ground.

Although now 4lb worse of with that rival and now racing off a career-high mark of 102, he was going away at the finish and could not be in better form.

Another major plus is that he has won on the two occasions he has run on ground officially described as “soft” so underfoot conditions will certainly hold no fears.

He also has a good draw in stall 3 as I think the far side is favoured on soft ground, and with several of the main contenders drawn around him that looks the place to be.

To me there is no way he should be 16/1 given that he looks to have plenty in his favour, and at those odds he looks a great each-way play.

Daily Sport recommended bety: 3pts each-way Don’t Call Me (16/1 Ladbrokes – BOG)

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