The National Horseracing Authority confirms that the Courier vehicle delivering the specimens that were collected from horses that participated at the Hollywoodbets Scottsville Race meeting on Sunday, 15 December 2019 and was en route to the NHRA Laboratory, has been hijacked in Johannesburg.

All the freight that was contained in the Courier vehicle, including the specimen boxes, was stolen.

The incident has been reported to the South African Police Services.

Ed – at the time of the 2018 Vodacom Durban July sample hijacking, we asked whether there are two seperate sets of specimens kept independently of each other. The NHRA CEO at the time, Lyndon Barends, advised that they are only split upon arrival at the Laboratory. One would have hoped that they would have addressed the back-up process in the interim.