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Foreman set for first run for O'Neill at Sandown

FOREMAN, the former Irish Champion Hurdle winner, is set to have his first run for trainer Jonjo O'Neill after being among the 12 declared for the Blue Square Mobile Handicap Chase at Sandown on Saturday.

The race also features the return to action of one of top novice Killaghy Castle, the Nick Gifford-trained nine-year-old who hasn't been seenout since pulled up at Aintree in April 2007.

Foreman, who failed to win for Charlie Swan after being switched from Thierry Doumen, will be ridden by Dominic Elsworth as Tony McCoy, who won a Grade 2 chase on Foreman for owner JP McManus, rides Boomshakalaka for Nicky Henderson.

O'Neill said: "Charlie Swan had him and JP has sent him to me. He seems in grand old form, but off his mark of 156 life is always going to be tough and there aren't many opportunities for him."

Chepstow winner L'Orient Express bids for a hat-trick and Paul Nicholls runs Hoo La Baloo under top weight,  as well as Medicinal.


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