Shanghai Venture breaks through at Sandown

John O’Rourke, who was recently appointed to the role of president at Richmond Football Club, has also enjoyed some success at the Sandown racetrack.

The mare, owned in partnership with her brother Steve, business partner Ray Wilson and world-renowned ex-race caller Jim McGrath, who bred the filly, took out the Locketled.au Plate (1200m) at Sandown on Wednesday.

Trainer Brian Mcgrath said O’Rourke had been a massive supporter of the stable since he started training at Cranbourne.

“He was supporting me before I even threw a ball,” McGrath said.

“He’s a great guy along with his brother Steve and business partner Ray Wilson.

“It’s a good result.”

McGrath said his father, who called races in Australia and Hong Kong before becoming the voice of the BBC in England, would also be proud of the Akeed Mofeed mare he bred.

He said his father would be up watching the race in the early hours of the morning in the UK.

“He’s probably freezing or snowy, so this will warm him up, no doubt,” McGrath said.

Shanghai Venture was making her seventh start on Wednesday, picking up three places before taking the overall victory.

Ridden by Blake Shinn, Shanghai Venture ($3.90) scored by 1-¼ lengths from the $3.70 favorite Sassy Anna with Mighty Sapphire ($21) a nose third.

“She did really well,” McGrath said.

“We thought we were a bit stiff in the last pair, but it’s great that she won.

“She showed her versatility and it was a good run from Blake as well.

To continue the AFL theme, Brownlow Medalist Chris Judd co-owns Tycoon Bec, who took the Stow Storage Solutions Handicap (2100m).

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