The Tullow Tank has been withdrawn from the Cheltenham Festival by owner Barry Connell following today’s adjournment of Philip Fenton's court hearing for alleged possession of anabolic steroids.

The Tullow Tank was one of two Connell-owned horses trained by Fenton. The other, Volvalien, has also been withdrawn from the festival.

Philip Fenton, who trains at Garryduff, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, faces a total of eight charges including possession of banned anabolic steroids and possession of prescription-only medicines without a prescription. Today at Carrick-on-Suir District Court, the case against him was adjourned until 20 March.

Connell said both horses will not run again until the case against Fenton comes to a conclusion.

"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."