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Ruttley Calls For Yearling Scope, X-Ray & Drug Tests

Friday, 14th March 2008

Shipton Lodge-based owner-trainer Bob Ruttley has called for an "open-door policy" at the upcoming major yearling sales, telling The Sydney Morning Herald: "The time has arrived for every yearling to be scoped, X-rayed, drug-tested before going to sale & every prospective buyer should be put on a registry. All these tests should be made available to buyers or at least their veterinarians. In this day & age, with the technology we have, the results of scopes, X-rays & drug tests can be put on the internet for everyone to see." Ruttley declared bluntly: "You'd be surprised at the sales how many horses are on hormones, steroids, anti-inflammatories. Why should you be able to go & buy a horse & not know it is full of drugs? I'm not saying every stud does it, but some do. . . . . Horses we break-in at home, around 50 from outside each year, some shake themselves to bits."

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