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Andrew Cooper (right) and Craig Williamson (left) Sandown 29.11.10

Andrew Cooper (right) said the course was hit by less rain than feared

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Sandown goes ahead after early inspection

SANDOWN'S six-race meeting, featuring the Grade 1 32Red Hurdle, goes ahead on Saturday after the course passed a 7.30 inspection.

Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper called for the check in response to forecasts of heavy rain on Friday night.

But Cooper saidon Saturday: "We ended up getting the lower end of the scale. We got 10mm in two bursts. There could be more rain this morning but nothing that looks too onerous.

"It is obviously soft, testing ground. It's very wet but there is no standing water. "

The going on the chase course has been updated to soft, heavy in places from soft, good to soft in places. And the hurdles course,  which was soft heavy in places,  has been changed to heavy.

Punchestown also passed its 7.30 inspection.  The official going is described as heavy following 7mm of rain on Friday night. The first race gets underway at 11.45.

Find out what the prospects are for forthcoming fixtures in Britain and Ireland with our at-a-glance guide

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