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
2017: Precious Pansy
2016: The Merry Widow
2015: Princess Royal
2013: Winter Fantasy
2012: The Black Rose
2011: Princess Alberta
2010: County Girl