Heavy rain has been soaked Britain in the weeks leading up to this year’s Cheltenham Festival .

Storm Dennis has dropped caused severe flooding in places such as Shrewsbury and Bewdley.

The rain has also saturated Cheltenham Racecourse less than a fortnight before the festival.

Now the venue’s clerk of the course Simon Claisse has given his verdict on what this will mean for the runners and riders.

He told the Racing Post : “It doesn’t cause me concern at the moment. I’m very happy with where we are.”

Mr Claisse described the ground as "predominantly soft", adding: "The ground is predominantly soft on the chase and hurdle courses with a little bit of heavy on the intersections and a little bit more heavy on the cross-country course.

“We must remind ourselves that - with the exception of the cross-country course - more than 90% of what we’ll be running on is ground we haven’t raced on since last March.”

Cheltenham Festival uses separate areas of the course to the racing held between November and January, and the clerk of the course has described the unused ground as “terrific nick”.

It’s not the first time storms have surrounded the festival. Last year’s Ladies' Day was at risk of being called off due to Storm Gareth before winds relented in time for racing to continue as usual.

Festival organisers haven’t had to rearrange any of the races for 12 years with 2001 being the last time the event was postponed completely.