Twigline is a rare runner at Sandown for Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins as she lines up in Friday's Jane Seymour Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
Despite being sidelined for well over two years, the six-year-old French recruit made a most impressive Irish debut at Fairyhouse in November and now tests the water at Listed level for the first time.
Twigline, who like leading mare Quevega and Thousand Stars is owned by the Hammer and Trowel Syndicate, will be partnered by Ruby Walsh. The leading contender for the home team is undoubtedly the Nicky Henderson-trained Utopie Des Bordes.
A Grade One winner over fences in France, the five-year-old made a fine start for new connections at Doncaster a little over a week ago and is likely to be suited by the step up to two and a half miles at Sandown.
Donald McCain's She Ranks Me is forced to concede weight all round, having already won Listed prizes at Newbury and Haydock. Dual Newton Abbot scorer My Legal Lady takes a significant step up in class and trainer Stuart Howe is just hoping for the best.
He said: "I don't think any of them will like the ground - I'd imagine it's going to be desperate - but they've all go to cope with it. There aren't that many opportunities for our mare and we're throwing her in at the deep end a bit.
"The Mullins horse will probably be a serious horse and then there's the Henderson horse as well. If we can run into the frame I'd be delighted."
The six-runner field is completed by Cracking Lass, who was fifth to Utopie Des Bordes at Doncaster, and Toubeera.
The meeting at the Esher circuit goes ahead as planned after passing a Thursday morning course inspection. A provisional all-chase card had been formulated, but this will no longer be necessary as the hurdles track was found to be fit for racing after just three millimetres of overnight rain.
Andrew Cooper, Sandown head of racing and clerk of the course, said: "We measured around 3.5mm of overnight rain, which was right at the bottom end of what we were expecting. It looks as though the weather has now cleared, and there does not look like being much more rain."
9 December 2016Improving Singlefarmpayment earns RSA quotes with Cheltenham success
Gold Cup runner-up Djakadam seeking second John Durkan at Punchestown
Douvan makes eagerly-awaited return at Cork on Sunday
My Tent Or Yours primed for International mission
Douvan makes eagerly-awaited return at Cork on Sunday
Village Vic ready to defend Caviar crown at Cheltenham
Black Caviar filly Oscietra looks the part in Flemington jump out
Cause for optimism for Skelton team as Toujours dominates at Warwick
Greatrex considering Festival route with La Bague Au Roi
Jim Dreaper looking forward to cross country test with Goonyella
Tizzard on weather watch for Native River's Welsh National bid
Graham Gibbons stands down after being accused of swapping Kempton sample
Petit Mouchoir and Valseur Lido on course for Christmas appearances
O'Brien hoping home comforts bring out the best in Perfect Candidate
Supreme fancy Crack Mome opens his account at Clonmel
Taquin Du Seuil misses Cheltenham date as 16 hunt Caspian Caviar Gold
8 December 2016Frankie Dettori hails Abdul Kareem Musa Adam after aspiring jockey claims award
Tony Martin in no rush to firm up future plans for exciting Anibale Fly
BHA investigating after Graham Gibbons accused of swapping Kempton sample
Michael Bell pleased with Hong Kong Vase draw for Big Orange
Graham Gibbons accused of swapping Kempton urine sample
Henry Brooke celebrates first winner since return to riding after injury
Ten Sixty adds up for Richard Johnson at Leicester
Jonathan Burke keen to 'draw a line under 2016' after fresh injury blow
Nicky Richards considering options for Eduard
Cole Harden pointed towards return to three miles
Leading fancy Minella Rocco taken out of Welsh National
Clondaw Warrior drops in class for Clonmel return
Eddie Harty mulling options for Drinmore hero Coney Island
Warren Greatrex eyeing Cheltenham outing with One Track Mind
7 December 2016Tony Martin in no rush to map out Heartbreak City hurdles campaign
Champers sparks Uttoxeter celebrations with winning chase bow
Peace News returns unscathed following Fairyhouse fall
Yanworth set to swerve International date in favour of Christmas challenge
Douvan heads Hilly Way dozen at Cork
Warren Greatrex issues Aloomomo warning to punters
Willie Mullins leaves big guns in John Durkan
Newbury confirm Hennessy sponsorship to end
Simply Ned on course for repeat Leopardstown bid
Colin Kidd prepares Rashaan for New Year return to action
6 December 2016Jim Best case result to be announced on Monday
Sir Anthony McCoy would split up Tizzard aces at Kempton
Joseph O'Brien biding his time with Landofhopeandglory
County Hurdle runner-up Fethard Player in line for back-end campaign
Neil Mulholland still has Festival plan for Shantou Village
No problems for Uttoxeter
Nick Alexander dominates Ayr action as Marlee Massie highlights treble
Newly-crowned champion Jim Crowley gallops away with jockey award
Fergal O'Brien sets sights on Sandown compensation for Alvarado
Gracious John stars in Lingfield treble for Egan
Ruby Walsh raises Ascot possibility for Un De Sceaux
Taquin Du Seuil tops 19 contenders hunting Caviar Gold
James Moffatt hoping Highland Lodge effort will secure National date
Many Clouds Lexus bid under serious consideration from Oliver Sherwood
Smad Place lined up for Cotswold repeat by Alan King