Clerk of the course Simon Claisse has revealed this morning that the track at Cheltenham has taken on no overnight rain ahead of the first day of the November meeting, but there is some rain set to fall before the off.
The going on the hurdle and chase courses is described as good to soft, good in places, while it is good, good to soft in places on the cross-country course as it stands.
(Credit Racing Post) Speaking at 7:30 on Friday morning from Cheltenham, Claisse said: "The going on the chase and hurdle courses has been left at good to soft, good in places, and the cross-country good, good to soft in places.
"In the last 45 minutes, the expected rain has begun to fall and should be over by 9am this morning. Depending on how much we get those ground conditions may ease before racing starts at 1.15."
The rain at most, depending on the strength of the down pour should not make to much of a difference to the going with, very little rain expected to fall after 9am.
The highlight on day one sees the cross-country rematch between four time festival winner Tiger Roll and last year's French winner Easysland, with the six year old for David Cottin getting weight off the dual Grand National winner.