Two-year-old The Fire Trap confirmed his rating as a future top-line galloper at Caloundra but his biggest fan wasn't there to see it.
Driven forward from a wide barrier The Fire Trap ($6) shared the lead into the straight but came away for a strong win in the Bruce McLachlan Classic (1200m).
Trainer Matt Dunn had been at Caloundra earlier in the day to see several of his runners fail to run a place but left early to catch a plane.
He and his wife Keira are off on their annual short break with a trip to Hong Kong.
“I have liked this horse from the first time I rode him in a barrier trial. He has a heap of potential,” Cahill said.
“There is no doubt he should have won his previous start at Ipswich when he finished fourth. If he got a clear run or even drawn a decent barrier he would have won for sure.”
“He will make a very good three-year-old.”
The Fire Trap, who won his only other start also at Ipswich, is likely to spell.