Givepeace A Chance storms home to claim Ceduna Cup | PHOTOS

Givepeace A Chance caused a major upset to win Saturday's Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Ceduna Cup.

An excellent crowd of more than 700 people attended the races in perfect conditions, after the Christmas Races had to be cancelled.

All eyes were on the favourites - and locally-trained runners - It's Humphrey and Diamonds Are, but for Port Lincoln trainer Des Courtney it was a sweet, but not unexpected victory.

Ridden perfectly by Adelaide apprentice Desiree Stra, Givepeace A Chance travelled well during the race, settling in third on he rails.

Crazy Culprit led the field, with It's Humphrey poised to pounce on his outside.

However, nearing the home corner when the pace quickened none of the favourites could accelerate and Crazy Culprit was a length clear entering the straight.

Givepeace A Chance got a great run on the rails and went past the leader, pulling away for a comfortable two-length win.

Crazy Culprit was a gallant second, with It's Humphrey coming in third under his big weight of 64 kilograms.

Courtney was not surprised with the win, noting he knew the horse had a lot of ability, but had taken time to find the right formula and suitable races for the gelding.

Courtney still has plenty of cup races to choose from in the coming months and more wins could be in store for the five-year-old.

While Ceduna trainer Trevor Trenowden was disappointed with It's Humphrey, he did receive a consolation win with Bottle And Bird in the Viterra Australia Sprint.

Starting an unbackable favourite, the win was never really in doubt for the in-form mare, leading all the way to beat the fast-finishing Golden Physician.

It was a good day for Port Lincoln trainer Tom Jolly and Victorian jockey Rhonda Mangan, with the pair combining to win the opening and closing races.

My Cat Ballou was ultra impressive in winning the Ceduna Home Timber and Hardware Maiden by five lengths.

To cap the day, American Xpressx was too good in the Letcher Moroney Chartered Accountants/MidSec Financial Advisors Class 51.

Eleven-year-old galloper Eye The World in his last career race ran a slashing second place, making up 12 lengths to almost pull off a fairytale ending.

Mangan made a huge effort to ride at the meeting, driving from Cranbourne in Victoria to Adelaide, then flying to Ceduna. After riding two winners, she said she would be happy to return.

Magnus Magic continued her love affair with the Ceduna track to win the Toyota Australia Feature Sprint.

She had to work very hard for the win after being caught a bit wide during the race, but after having a battle with stablemate Victory Spoils, Magnus Magic kicked away for a two-length win.

John Hickmott's eight-year-old has now won three races from four Ceduna starts and gave jockey Michael Vassallo his first win for almost a year.

Vassallo only rides occasionally nowadays, but is a very capable jockey.

Serious Moonlight was the other winner on the day in the McEvoy Transport/Eyre Premix Concrete Class 52.

The five-length win even surprised trainer Ryan Dawson, who could not quite picture his horse winning so easily.

It was a great ride by veteran Adelaide jockey David Tootell.