Gavin Venter is best known for his successes as a jockey in the Eastern Cape but is now becoming a very prominent owner in Port Elizabeth.

Venter is a valuable member of the support team for trainer Tara Laing and knows how to pick the right races for the right horses.

He and Laing target the Listed races at Fairview and Venter did a tremendous job in helping Laing win the Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery for 2y old fillies over 1200m on Friday (22 March) on the turf track.

For Venter this was also a big win as an owner, a role in which he is coming more and more to the fore in PE.

Captain Anne Bonny, owned by Venter, won the Fillies Nursery with Chase Maujean in the saddle ­– a win that gave Laing goose bumps.

Laing thought about racing the filly in her own silks but decided to give her to Venter to race. Venter is quick to predict further improvement from Captain Anne Bonny, describing her as “a sensible filly”.

EC FILLIES NURSERY – RECENT WINNERS

2019: Captain Anne Bonny

2018: Carlita

2017: Precious Pansy

2016: The Merry Widow

2015: Princess Royal

2014: Rosier

2013: Winter Fantasy

2012: The Black Rose

2011: Princess Alberta

2010: County Girl