News Round Up: Fenton guilty of possessing steroids
Philip Fenton has been found guilty of possessing anabolic steroids by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture. The trainer has been fined €6000 having been found guilty of eight charges of possessing unlicensed animal remedies and will have to pay a total of over €10,000 in costs.
Fenton’s yard near Carrick-on-Suir was visited on January 18, 2012 and was found to be in possession Nitrotain and Ilium Stanabolic, both prohibited anabolic steroids. The discoveries led to Fenton’s horses that were bound for Cheltenham being tested. The trainer is considering appealing the decision.
Elsewhere, one of Fenton’s leading lights last season, The Tullow Tank, is set to make his chasing debut at Punchestown next week. The Barry Connell owned 6yo, the winner of two Grade 1’s over hurdles last season, is now under the care of Dessie Hughes and is due to be ridden by the owners newly appointed retained rider Adrian Heskin.
On the track today we witnessed very impressive Chasing debuts from some of last season’s talented hurdlers. At Carlisle, Duke Of Navan and Urban Hymn went head to head in the Beginners’ Chase on the card and it was the former that eventually came out on top in what turned into a great battle.
Nicky Richards’ charge jumped supremely well in behind Urban Hymn who had tried to make all and it was the superior jumping that decided the 2 mile contest in the end, as Duke Of Navan went to the front over the last and battled well to the line. Urban Hymn tried hard on the run and will surely be now stepped up in trip.
Over at Ludlow, Uriah Heep also made a winning start over fences. Alan King’s charge had reached a high of 128 over hurdles last season and may just turn into a Novice Chaser to follow this season after he seen off Kitchapoly by 1 3/4 lengths.
Thurles opened its doors for the first time this season over in Ireland and it was the veteran He’llberemembered who stole the show in the feature Premier County Hurdle. The 11yo had taken the same contest twelve months ago and having warmed up for this with a fine effort in the Irish Cesarewitch arrived here primed to defend his title. Having tracked the leaders from the off, he took up the running two from home under Shane Butler and just had enough in an exciting finish to get the better of the odds on favourite Moonshine Lad.
By Kevin Walsh 23/10/14
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