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Trainers Warned About Sunflower Seeds

Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Racing NSW Chairman Of Stewards, Ray Murrihy, yesterday issued a warning to all trainers to be vigilant making sure their horses do not consume sunflower seeds, reports racingnetwork.com.au. The letter, sent to all trainers and posted on the Racing NSW website, says recent swab samples have been detected with low levels of hyoscine – a prohibited substance effecting the nervous system, cardiovascular system and digestive system. The letter also says hyoscine has been detected in a number of samples in another racing jurisdiction. Following tests in this jurisdiction, it was confirmed the causes were due to hyoscine being consumed in sunflower seeds and clover hay from North Western New South Wales. Trainers are advised to take the following precautions to minimize the risk of detection of the prohibited substances hyoscine, scopolamine and atropine:

  • Check the internet to obtain further information and photographs of the plant species.
  • Examine the horses' environment for the presence of suspicious plants.
  • Check all feeds and supplements, especially hay and herbal mixtures for the presence of unusual plant material.
  • Contact the RNSW Veterinary Department to obtain more information if necessary and to report the detection of suspicious plant material.
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