ON THE CHARGE: Michael Cahill guides Balboa Rocks to victory in the Sunshine Coast Cup at Corbould Park.
ON THE CHARGE: Michael Cahill guides Balboa Rocks to victory in the Sunshine Coast Cup at Corbould Park. Patrick Woods

Balboa Rocks claims shock victory in Sunshine Coast Cup

RACING: Local underdog Balboa Rocks delivered a knockout blow in the Sunshine Coast Cup on Saturday, surprising even his trainer in the $125,000 race.

The $91 roughie swooped in the feature event to beat Sovereign Nation by a 1/2 length, with Fit for Purpose just behind.

With Michael Cahill aboard, the five-year-old jumped from the outside gate and settled near the tail of the 15-strong field.

But he charged down the straight to the cries of 'Go Rocky' from excited supporters.

Trainer Darryl Hansen was taken aback by the result.

"I thought he might have been a little bit outclassed second up against that lot," he said. "But the horse raced enormous. You've got to be in it to win it, so it's great."

The gelding's pre-race enthusiasm had given Hansen some hope for a good showing.

The Mackay Cup winner was unable to be tied and when he went out, the strapper let him go and he was bucking.

"When I saw how he was acting all day I thought 'he's feeling good, this horse' and he normally goes good second up," Hansen said.

There were plans for Balboa Rocks to soon embark on another northern campaign but the win at Caloundra could re-shape the runner's schedule.

"We'll see what happens when the dust settles," Hansen said.

He said he was a "very happy man" after winning the race, which has become one of the highlights on the local racing calendar.

"The crowd this year is probably nearly double the size (as last year), which is excellent," Hansen said.

The $125,000 2YO Classic was also won by a local horse, Alligator Blood, trained by David Vandyke.

Jockey Ryan Wiggins rode two winners on the nine-race card.

He steered the Garnett Taylor-trained Dawson Diva to victory in the QTIS 3YO Handicap (1600m) and he guided the Gary Doughty-trained Cabeirian to a win in the No Metro Wins Handicap (1400m).

The Lindsay Hatch-trained five-year-old Jadentom scored a comprehensive win in the Benchmark 75 Handicap (1200m) with Clayton Gallagher aboard.



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