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Rachel Venniker after her first win as a fully fledged jockey (on the Stuart Ferrie-trained Fire Tonic (Wylie Hall) at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday) (Candiese Lenferna Photography)

Turf Talk

Rachel Venniker spoke of her pride in See It Again, on whom she does a lot of work, after his runner up finish in the L’Ormarins King’s Plate.

She is a fully fledged jockey now and said not much had changed other than the title of jockey vs apprentice, although she said she would be looking for an agent to help book her rides.

She said about the Michael Roberts-trained superstar See It Again, “I thought he ran a cracker, over a mile it was a brilliant run. He’s a ten furlong horse. Everybody was happy with the run and we are now looking forward to the Met.”

She said the Twice Over colt had come out of the race well.

On the transition from apprentice to jockey, she said, “The only difference is the label, from ‘apprentice’ to ‘jockey’, that is about it, everything still operates exactly the same. I have always done my own rides. However, I am going to be getting an agent. It makes life a lot easier. It is just to help with the organisation. It is such a mission if I’m riding out of province and the weights come out and you are trying to do scratchings, while getting on an aeroplane. It’s not easy.”

Rachel has had about 210 wins all in all, with the NHA stating she won 208 races as an apprentice, and she had one win as a workrider and has had one as a jockey.

She won her first race as a jockey at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday and said she had endured some frustration since, having had four second place finishes.

She enjoyed a purple patch over the holiday season with only her second ever winner in Cape Town on the 30th of December and then a double at Hollywoodbets Greyville on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. She has had a further two wins since then.