Fenton enjoys Naas winner
Philip Fenton enjoyed a change of fortune at Naas as Real Steel claimed Grade Two honours in the Paddy Power Shops Better Value Novice Hurdle.
Fenton has been in the headlines in recent days after being charged with possessing unlicensed substances, including anabolic steroids, following a visit to his yard by the Department of Agriculture in January 2012, with a court case adjourned until next month.
The Gigginstown House Stud-owned Real Steel was a 7-1 shot for what looked a competitive event and knuckled down well to beat Willie Mullins' 13-8 favourite Vicky De L'Oasis by three and a quarter lengths. Minella Foru made late headway to grab third.
Fenton said: "He was the lowest-rated horse in the race and I didn't think he was capable of winning.
"He's improved and he jumped better today.
"He's a huge horse and he'll be a chaser for next season."