Rachel Venniker is out of the July.
Booked to ride Red Saxon for trainer Joe Soma, and in the process becoming the first female jockey to ride in the Hollywoodbets Durban July this coming Saturday, she suffered a freak accident yesterday (Monday) at Greyville in the last race when her mount, Kileigh’s Fate, fly-jumped.
She hit her head on the top rail and was dislodged. She suffered a concussion and has to be side-lined for at least ten days.
“It’s really a tragedy,” said her mentor and trainer of Kileigh’s Fate, the legendary Michael Roberts, this afternoon.
“She is out of the July. She is devastated, but there’s nothing anyone can do.
“It was a freak accident, and unfortunately it happened to her at the worst possible time.”
According to Roberts she is, apart from the concussion, in good shape. She hasn’t suffered any fractures and she has not been hospitalised, he said.
He added that she will take a few days to work through the trauma, and her privacy must be respected in this time.
“Racing is a dangerous sport,” said Roberts.
“When someone suffers a concussion, it is important to ensure that they recover
completely. We are talking about people’s lives here,” he said.
“I’m convinced she will want to get back to riding as soon as possible, but protocols have to be followed.”
– Danie Toerien (TAB South Africa)