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Jockey Suing Slim Spray Company

Wednesday, 20th April 2011

A jockey who used a slimming spray "is suing the company after he was disqualified from a race he won for being too light" reported The Age. Lawyers for Queensland jockey Wanderson D'Avila "have filed a writ in the Gold Coast Southport Magistrates Court, launching a lawsuit against the makers of SensaSlim Solution for $12,500 plus loss of reputation". The documents "say the jockey saw the product featured on Channel Seven's Today Tonight program in mid-February". D'Avila alleges during the program the company said "when the product is sprayed onto a person's tongue it fooled the brain into believing they had eaten" & SensaSlim "sprayed away hunger". D'Avila "went to a pharmacy in Caloundra & purchased a bottle of SensaSlim for $60", then "sprayed the product onto his tongue & found that it did reduce his cravings". Days later he rode the horse Short Trip to victory at the Gold Coast on February 19. The court documents "say on the day of the race D'Avila admitted to spraying the product several times more than the recommended direction". During the post-race weigh in, D'Avila was 0.8kg under his allocated weight; as a result D'Avila was disqualified & suspended from racing for 1 month. He claims in 20 years of racing he had "never weighed in light & attributed the weight loss to using the SensaSlim spray". He says he bought SensaSlim because it "sprayed away hunger", but claims it was not made clear to him that it would also "spray the kilos away". D'Avila claims he has suffered "professional embarrassment as well as loss of earnings due to the racing suspension".

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