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Picture: Rachel Venniker is clear on Fire Tonic (Candiese Lenferna Photography)

Turf Talk

Rachel Venniker has graduated from the South African Jockey Academy and had her first meeting as a fully-fledged jockey at Sunday’s meeting at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.

Her first ride was aboard the Stuart Ferrie-trained Wylie Hall gelding Fire Tonic and she managed to  keep this four-year-old going to comfortably beat the joint favourites Run To Rio and Send Me.

Venniker was a twice South African Champion Apprentice.

She had one win as a workrider before joining the Academy.

She had 207 wins as an Apprentice.

This season Venniker has had 28 wins at a strike rate of 9.43%.