After a court finding horse trainer Philip Fenton guilty of possession of prohibited animal remedies, the Irish Turf Club has banned him from the sport for three years effective from March 1st 2015.
He has been allowed a few months to organise his affairs and to allow a number of his horses to compete in some races that they had previously been entered into.
Fenton Lost Wealthy Clients
A number of wealthy clients, including the Ryanair Chief Michael O’Leary, withdrew their horses from his yard last month following his conviction in Tipperary. A large amount of banned animal remedies had been found by the Republic’s Department of Agricultures investigators in January 2012. The drugs were found hidden near the medicine store in a box under a rug. He was fined and had to pay court costs.
At first, Fenton denied the doping claims. He claimed a man based in Dubai had given him the drugs.
Fenton can now appeal the ban, but it us unlikely that it will be overturned. A source from the Sunday Times claimed:
“It is sending out a strong message to trainers involving in doping. The reputation of Irish racing is at stake. If anabolic steroids creep into Irish racing, they will destroy it. There is simply too much to lose. The club has a zero tolerance policy to illegal drugs.”