The Iroquois Steeplechase has partnered with the world famous Cheltenham Racecourse in England to announce a partnership and a $500,000 bonus challenge to any horse that can win both the the Group 1 Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March AND the 75th Anniversary Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes in May (...or vice versa, within a 12‐month period).

As Irish-bred Rawnaq was named winner of the Iroquois race on May 14, 2016, the racing community anxiously awaits an announcement of owner Irv Naylor's decision to have his winning horse compete at Cheltenham next March.

The Iroquois Cheltenham 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.