Donald Reuwer’s Grand Manan built a large early lead in Saturday’s $25,000 Genesee Valley Hunt Cup, surrendered the advantage before the last fence, and then fought back to score an 8 1/4-length victory in the headline race at the Geneseo, N.Y., meet.
Trained by Billy Meister, Grand Manan was ridden by Darren Nagle and ran the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup’s 3 1/4 miles in 6:57.60 on firm turf.
Bruton Street-US’s Drift Society, a length up on Grand Manan at the last of 15 fences, finished second, and Armata Stables’ Joshua G. was a distant third. Welcome Here Farm’s Be Great, last year’s winner, finished fourth.
Irv Naylor’s Ebanour, the Virginia Gold Cup winner and heavy favorite, was poised to attack at the 12th fence but lost jockey Gus Dahl at the next fence.
Grand Manan came into the Genesee Valley Hunt Cup from a dead-heat victory with Monstaleur in the Willowdale Steeplechase on May 15. He previously had finished fifth behind Ebanour in the My Lady’s Manor.