Fenton case adjourned

The court case involving leading Irish trainer Philip Fenton has been adjourned until March 20.

Fenton was due to appear at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on Thursday morning to answer charges brought about by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine following an inspection of his yard on January 18, 2012.

The County Tipperary trainer, 49, has been charged with possession of anabolic steroids and other unlicensed substances, but the case will not be heard until after the Cheltenham Festival, which begins on March 11, at the request of Fenton's legal team.

Fenton's stock has been especially high of late following the exploits of Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Last Instalment, a superb winner of the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown, and the 2009 Champion Bumper winner Dunguib, who was victorious at Navan last Sunday.

The Tullow Tank is another Fenton-trained candidate for the Festival after winning three races, two of which were Grade Ones, this term.

The Irish Courts Service confirmed in a summons notice that Fenton had been served with a series of charges in relation to animal remedies.

Should he be found guilty, punishments range from a maximum fine of 5,000 euro to a six-month term of imprisonment.