State to call 8 witnesses in case against horse trainer

A half-day of legal argument will be made before a judge next month in the case of racehorse trainer Philip Fenton who is accused of having illegal animal medicines, including anabolic steroids, at his training yard in 2012.

State to call 8 witnesses in case against horse trainer

The case against Mr Fenton, 49, of Garryduff, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, came before Carrick-on-Suir District Court yesterday for the fifth time and was adjourned again by Judge Terence Finn.

The well-known trainer is charged with eight counts of possessing illegal animal remedies when a Department of Agriculture inspection took place at his yard in January of 2012.

He was not in court yesterday but was represented by a barrister and solicitor.

Among the charges against him are allegations that he was illegally in possession of Nitrotain, which contains the anabolic steroid, ethylestranol, and is reported to improve the muscle mass, strength and stamina of horses.

Other charges regard the alleged possession of Ilium Stanabolic, which contains the anabolic steroid, stanozolol.

Four of the charges allege that Philip Fenton had possession of prescription-only medicines for horses, without having any vet’s prescriptions for the medication, when the inspection took place in 2012.

John Ryan, BL, prosecuting, told the court yesterday the defence had made some legal submissions since January and the State had responded to those submissions this week. In return, the defence had issued further submissions and Mr Ryan said he would “need some time” to consider the latest matters.

Judge Finn said the court also received the legal submissions and he was “minded” to accede to the prosecution’s application to adjourn the matter to allow for further consideration. He gave Mr Ryan two weeks to come up with a further response and said, while he was “not envisaging” anything further by way of response from the defence, it is entitled to consider submissions that are made.

He adjourned the case until June 19 at 2pm.

The case is being observed by the Turf Club, the regulatory body for horse racing in this country, and by the British Horseracing Authority, which cleared Mr Fenton’s horses to run at Cheltenham in March.

An investigation by the BHA, which included drug-testing at Mr Fenton’s yard and took place in February and March, found no evidence that any of his horses were given illegal substances.

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