Win Two Races,
Win (Nearly) One Million Dollars!

 
 

In honor of its diamond anniversary, the Iroquois Steeplechase and the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse in England have produced the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge–a partnership that can now boast one of the largest payouts of any steeplechase event in the world: any horse to complete the Challenge would earn nearly a million dollars.

The Brown Advisory Challenge is straightforward: win Nashville’s Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes on May 14th and the Group 1 Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2017. Both are three-mile races on turf over fences. Between the two purses and the $500,000 bonus, total winnings would exceed approximately $960,000.

The bonus, which hinges on a horse winning both races within the space of 12 months, opens the door to those who are even placed at Cheltenham this March to make the trip to Tennessee in May–and, if winning there, try to gain the bonus at The Festival in March 2017.

The Brown Advisory Challenge looks to reignite the cross-Atlantic rivalry that has been a part of steeplechase racing through history, and this challenge is a significant one. To learn more about the Brown Advisory Challenge, email Dwight here.

“Throughout modern history, a number of great horses have crossed the Atlantic to race and we want to promote that international competition. This is a new tradition with significant implications – a successful horse could earn more than $850,000 by winning both races, considering their individual purses and the Brown Advisory Cheltenham Iroquois Challenge.”
— Iroquois Steeplechase Chairman Dwight Hall, a former jockey and board member of the National Steeplechase Association
Left to right Cheltenham Racecourse Chairman Robert Waley-Cohen, legendary jockey and owner Charlie Fenwick, and Brown Advisory CEO Mike Hankin.

Left to right Cheltenham Racecourse Chairman Robert Waley-Cohen, legendary jockey and owner Charlie Fenwick, and Brown Advisory CEO Mike Hankin.


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