Cape Town - The National Horseracing Authority has confirmed the
unfortunate happenings with regards to the courier services carrying the
race day specimens of the Vodacom Durban July day race meeting.
According to the Sporting Post website, on Saturday, July 7, sometime after 21:30, the courier service
vehicle which was transporting the post-race equine specimens taken
after every race on the day, from Greyville Racecourse, was pulled over
on the N2 freeway by an unmarked white VW Golf 7.
This unmarked vehicle had a flashing blue light as well as a PA
system. The driver assumed that it was a police vehicle and followed
their instructions to pull over. The driver was ordered to get out of
the courier vehicle and told to lie down on the ground.
Three plain-clothed males alighted from the unmarked white vehicle
and proceeded to rob the driver of his personal effects, including his
wallet and cellphone. The three men also accessed the courier vehicle
and removed all the sealed boxes containing the race day specimens.
They then left, leaving the vehicle and driver at the scene. The
courier service has opened a criminal case at the Westville Police
The following day at 11:30, a woman was walking in the Pigeon
Valley Nature Reserve in Glenwood, Durban, to visit family members who
stayed in the vicinity.
On the pathway she found the specimen boxes, which had been forced
open, with the specimens still inside. She then noticed that there was
information on the boxes which stated “Greyville 7/7/2018”. On her
return to the area a few hours later, she saw that the boxes had
The courier company is waiting for the case number to be assigned.