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Racehorse trainer charged over 'steroids in stables'

A leading Irish racehorse trainer had one kilo of anabolic steroids in his stables when veterinary inspectors carried out a raid, a court has heard.

Philip Fenton is facing eight charges over treatments and medicines allegedly found at his yard, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, in January 2012.

Irish racehorse trainer Philip Fenton Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Among the substances was the quantity of steroid Nitrotain, a 20ml bottle of a second performance enhancing drug, Ilium Stanabolic, a counterfeit antibiotic and medicines held without prescription, the court heard.

Fenton's trial will take place at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on October 23.

No plea has been entered.

First foal of champion Frankel sold in £1.15m deal

The first foal born to champion racehorse Frankel, has been sold at auction in a deal worth £1.15 million

The foal's mother, Crystal Gaze, was also included in the sale to MV Magnier, son of business magnate John Magnier, whose family owns the Coolmore stud farm in Ireland.

Frankel's foal sold for £1.15m to an Irish stud farm. Credit: Richard Pallot/ITV News

Crystal Gaze is expecting another foal father by Frankel later this year.


Grand National hero greets children during hospital visit

The 2004 Grand National winner Amberleigh House got involved during the annual Aintree jockeys' visit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Aintree Racecourse's Twitter account posted:


From Mini Cheddars to feathers: The hats of Ladies Day

An assortment of fabulous and fascinating hats graced Aintree Racecourse today at the Grand National festival's Ladies Day.

Sarah Morris says cheese as she shows off her hat made from Mini Cheddars. Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
One racegoer takes a ride a model horse during Ladies Day. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Aintree Racecourse was a scene of fabulous hats and handbags. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport and David Davies/PA Wire
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Your selfies from Ladies Day at Aintree

We want your selfies from this year's Ladies Day at the Aintree Festival.

Send them to or tweet us @GranadaReports.

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Louise Counsell and friends at Aintree Credit: Louise Counsell
Keren Lawton and her vintage pals Credit: Keren Lawton
Our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore with fashion blogger Prince Cassius at Aintree Credit: Caroline Whitmore

Ladies Day at Aintree's Grand National festival

Ladies Day has got underway at the Grand National festival, shining a light on the female racegoers at Aintree Racecourse.

Racegoers arrive at Aintree Racecourse for Ladies Day at the Grand National festival. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Many of the ladies went all out in the fashion stakes. Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
Pashminas and hats are just the ticket as Ladies Day gets underway. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

'Britain's oldest punter' backs Grand National Long Run

A 103-year-old, believed to be Britain's oldest punter, is hoping for a change of luck in what he fears could be his final flutter.

George Atkinson said he is hoping to finally have a successful bet on the world-famous race, so he can "die a happy man" - after betting on the race for more than seven decades without success.

Mr Atkinson has placed bets religiously on the Grand National each year since the 1940s. But he has never managed to back a winner, and fears the 2014 race is his last chance.

After such a long run of betting, he has decided to pin his hopes on 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run

'Britain's oldest punter' backs Long Run at Grand National Credit: Darren Starling/PA Wire

He had placed his first ever bet aged just 12, when his bookmaker grandfather took him to the Epsom Derby.

He said: "I can't remember the name as it lost - in fact they all lose. I've never even had a place.

"I was once told to back Oxo in 1959 but I didn't place a bet on it - it won and I've regretted it for 55 years."

William Hill has given him a £103 bet - £51.50 each way - as he tries to fulfil his dream of a Grand National win.

He has decided to put it on Long Run - whose odds of winning are currently at 14/1 - and said: "It has been a long run without a winner and it feels like my time."

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