Gold Circle’s Marketing and Events Executive Steve Marshall said Venniker was unseated when her horse reared as the gates opened at the start of the eighth race.

“She suffered concussion and whiplash and as a precautionary measure, her doctor has advised that she takes time off,” said Marshall.

Marshall says it is unfortunate that Saturday is so close and Venniker will not have enough time to recover.

“We look forward to seeing Rachel at the Durban July in the near future. We wish she had more time to recover,” he said.


All eyes were on Venniker as she was expected to make history as the first ever female jockey to line up for the Durban July on Saturday, and was going to be riding for trainer Joe Soma who drew gate 14 for Red Saxon.

Venniker would have been the first female rider for the Durban July since its inception in 1897.

Trainer Soma is expected to find a replacement jockey.


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