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