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The Tullow Tank ruled out of Cheltenham Festival trip

The Tullow Tank looks set to miss out on a trip to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival after owner Barry Connell reacted to the adjournment of the anabolic steroids court case against trainer Philip Fenton.

The 49-year-old County Tipperary handler has been charged with possession of the drugs and other unlicensed substances, but his case will not now be heard until after this year's Festival on March 20.

The Tullow Tank was a leading fancy for both the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Prestbury Park after a successful campaign over in Ireland.

The six-year-old claimed Grade One victories at Fairyhouse and Leopardstown before chasing home Vautour in the Deloitte Novices Hurdle at the last-named track earlier this month.

However, Connell told the Racing Post: "In light of the uncertainty surrounding the deferral of legal proceedings against Philip Fenton, I have decided that neither of my two horses in training with Philip, The Tullow Tank and Volvalien, will run in any races until the matter is dealt with. In the meantime both horses will remain in training with Philip as usual."

Fenton had been due to appear in court on Thursday until his legal team requested a delay, while the British Horseracing Authority say they are looking into the matter with the Irish Turf Club.

"BHA are currently in possession of little in the way of information regarding the charges that Philip Fenton is facing," read a statement. "We are in contact with the Irish Turf Club with a view to gathering as much information as is currently available. It would be inappropriate to comment further or to speculate about this issue until we are in possession of the relevant facts."

Several bookmakers have decided to refund ante-post bets on The Tullow Tank.


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The Tullow Tank ruled out of Cheltenham Festival trip

The Tullow Tank looks set to miss out on a trip to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival after owner Barry Connell reacted to the adjournment of the anabolic steroids court case against trainer Philip Fenton.

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