Horse Racing - Last Instalment free to chase Gold Cup glory

Under-fire Irish trainer Philip Fenton is free to send live Gold Cup hope Last Instalment to the Cheltenham Festival after the British Horseracing Authority cleared him to have runners next week.

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Horse Racing - Last Instalment free to chase Gold Cup glory
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The Cheltenham Gold Cup

Fenton is being charged with possession of anabolic steroids by the Department of Agriculture and has his next hearing on Thursday 20 March, the week after Cheltenham.

Last Instalment, third favourite for the blue-riband Gold Cup, will only run if the ground is soft enough according to owners Gigginstown Stud, but there were fears he would not be allowed to run for more controversial reasons.

However, the BHA visited his Tipperary yard and found no traces of illegal steroids in any of Fenton's Cheltenham-bound horses.

Fenton also sends former Champion Bumper winner Dunguib to the Festival although his star novice, The Tullow Tank, will not be running until the steroids situation is cleared up under orders from owner Barry Connell.

The Champion Hurdle, which already promises to be one of the races of the year, is the new target of former Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Captain Cee Bee.

The 13-year-old has run well this year behind Hurricane Fly and will no doubt make the running which will please many connections as the race was looking like it could turn into a tactical affair.

Jessie Harrington has also confirmed Jezki will wear a hood in his quest for Champion Hurdle glory.

Having come third behind Hurricane Fly and Our Conor last time out in a Leopardstown Grade One, JP McManus' six-year-old will need to turn around the form to feature in the frame but stranger things have happened as he was third in a hot renewal of last season's Supreme.

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