Thumbs-up for Sandown

Saturday afternoon's big meeting at Sandown has survived a 7.45am course inspection and goes ahead as scheduled.

Heavy rain on Friday had put the fixture in major doubt, but officials at the Esher circuit were happy with what they found at daybreak.

Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper told The Morning Line: "We had 17 millimetres (of rain) up to about 3am.

"Everyone who has been out here this morning haven't given it the thumbs-down.

"The problem area has been between the second-last and the last fence, but it's safe and we're happy to give it a go."

The all-chase is due to feature the Grade One Betfred TV Scilly Isles Novices' Chase.