Steroid possession case against horse trainer deferred

The case against racehorse trainer Philip Fenton over the alleged possession of banned animal medicines has been put back again until May.

Steroid possession case against horse trainer deferred

Mr Fenton, aged 49, of Garryduff, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, faces eight charges relating to the alleged possession of unlicensed animal remedies at his yard on January 18, 2012. The charges include the alleged possession of anabolic steroids.

Mr Fenton was present at Carrick-on-Suir District Court yesterday, which was the fourth time since December the case has been mentioned, but was not called on to speak.

Solicitor Gerry Meaney, for the Minister for Agriculture, said legal submissions from the defence had been received by the state and forwarded to the Chief State Solicitor’s Office for consideration.

The State solicitor in south Tipperary, Paul Fitzpatrick, is now awaiting instructions from the chief State solicitor, Mr Meaney told Judge Terence Finn. He asked for the case to be adjourned until May 15, “for mention”.

Randal Hill, defending, said his client was consenting to the application.

Judge Finn agreed to adjourn the case and said any “responding submissions” from the state should be lodged with the court in advance of May 15 and forwarded to the defence.

Two of Philip Fenton’s high-profile horses, Dunguib and Last Instalment, were retired last week after disappointing performances at the Cheltenham festival.

There had been controversy about the trainer’s horses being allowed to run at Cheltenham but the British Horseracing Authority decided to allow them compete after drug tests taken at his yard weeks before the festival were clear.

Two of the charges that are faced by Mr Fenton relate to the alleged illegal possession of Nitrotain, a medicine which contains anabolic steroid ethylestranol, reported to improve the muscle mass, strength, and stamina of horses.

Another two charges related to the alleged illegal possession of ilium stanabolic, which contains the anabolic steroid Stanozolol, a prohibited substance.

Other charges relate to the alleged possession of prescription-only medicines for horses, Marbocyl 10%, Betamoz LA, Neomycin Penicillin, and Engemycin 10%, when the trainer’s yard at Garryduff was visited by Department of Agriculture officials in January 2012.

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