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Horse Racing betting tips: 13/2 Return Fire can seal Carlisle glory

There's some competitive action on Sunday and the Racing Post's Gary Savage is here with some recommendations.

3.35 Carlisle

Captain Quint @ 5/2

2pt win

4.45 Carlisle

Return Fire @ 13/2

1pt win

3.17 Exeter

Kingsmill Gin @ SP

1pt each-way

Garden looks rosy for Dobbin

The Go North Monet's Garden Chase (3.35) will hold a special place for Rose Dobbin's partner Tony, who partnered the iconic grey to many famous successes, and the yard has a strong chance of winning the race with the quietly progressive CAPTAIN QUINT.

Unlike for a few of these, the ground will hold no fears for this imposing 7yo who did well to close down an in-form Ardera Cross over that one's favourite track and trip last time at Ayr. He was well on top at the line and the bigger field here will help bring the selection's stamina into play.

Having only been nudged up 3lb for his last win, he should have nothing to fear from exposed rivals and can take this on the way to better things.

Fire can blaze for red-hot Russell

The Red Rum Series Final (4.45) is another valuable race for the grade and one well worth targeting, and with trainer Lucinda Russell enjoying an incredible run of form (one more win will be her most ever winners in a calendar month) expect RETURN FIRE to be at concert pitch for this.

He's taken well to fences in his first season over them, with a couple of victories already including a rout at Hexham on the softest ground he has encountered to date. He is only 4lb higher than for his most recent victory when a ready winner at Newcastle, with his assured jumping again a feature.

The ground was very tacky when he disappointed at Wetherby in January and back on good ground last time he was outpaced by the reopposing Court At Slip. But with softer ground on this stiffer course, a 9lb pull and red-hot stable form in his favour, expect him to turn the tables today.

Gin too strong

There's a competitive mares' handicap chase at Exeter (3.17) and it could be a good opportunity for KINGSMILL GIN to notch her second chase win. There isn't too much solid form on offer amongst the opposition and these conditions are just about optimum for Jackie Du Plessis' consistent mare who is quite lightly-raced for her age.

All ground comes alike to the 10yo, while the distance will also be no problem and she should appreciate racing against her own sex after some decent runs against males this winter.

Her penultimate run in particular has a very solid look to it when she was keeping on over an inadequate 2m3f. The winner has won twice since, the runner-up was far from disgraced in a Grade 2 handicap yesterday while the third has run two very solid races.

That run was followed by a run in novice handicap hurdle company last time, where she couldn't get competitive on good ground against younger in-form rivals. Her chase mark has been dropped 4lb as a result and that looks very useful back against mares.

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