Irish trainer Philip Fenton, who faces charges of possessing banned drugs, has had a court hearing has been adjourned for a second time.

Fenton faces 8 charges relating to possession of banned anabolic steroids and prescription-only medicines without vet prescriptions. The drugs were seized from his yard on 18 January 2012 by the Irish Department of Agriculture.

The case, which went to court today (20 March) in Co Tipperary was adjourned until 15 May at the request of the Irish Department of Agriculture’s legal team.

His previous hearing on 20 February was adjourned to allow Fenton’s solicitor to prepare legal submissions.

Following a British Horseracing Authority investigation at his yard, Fenton’s horses — including Gold Cup runner Last Instalment — were cleared to run at Cheltenham.