Cheltenham's clerk of the course Simon Claisse is on guard against further rain with the track shaping up nicely ahead of the Festival in just under two weeks.

Like the rest of England, Prestbury Park was hit by the foul weather over the last month or so but was bathed in glorious spring sunshine on Wednesday.

"Over the last 10 days we've not had a great deal of rain," said Claisse.

"It's looking in great order, particularly the seven to nine yards we save all year for the Festival.

"If I was assessing it today, I'd say it was officially soft on both courses, while the cross country is soft, heavy in places.

"You are warned by the Met Office not to look further than five or six days, as the weather can be so volatile. However, (forecaster) John Kettley has been in touch and he said there could be up to an inch of rain between now and Friday next week."