Irv Naylor’s Ebanour took command heading into the $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup’s second-to-last fence and romped home to an 18-length victory on Sunday to collect his second consecutive win in the four-mile timber classic.
Ridden by Darren Nagle, Ebanour survived a claim of foul lodged by Sean McDermott, who rode second-finisher Hot Rize. McDermott had charged interference at the third-to-last fence, but the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup stewards disallowed the claim.
Holston Hall’s Hot Rize finished 13 1/2 lengths clear of Where’s the Beef, Welcome Here Farm’s New Jersey Hunt Cup winner who set the pace until overtaken by Ebanour before the 20th of 22 fences.
Trained by Cyril Murphy, Ebanour scored his second victory of the year, following a May victory in the Virginia Gold Cup. The 10-year-old Irish-bred ran the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup’s four miles in 9:20 on turf rated as good.