The public is invited to join the Iroquois Steeplechase team for a Watch Party live from England’s largest sporting event. The first leg of the million-dollar TVV-Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge will be shown live from the UK’s Cheltenham Festival on Thursday, March 16 at Sam’s Place from 9:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. Complimentary brunch and beverages will be served.
The telecast of the Grade One Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle is of particular significance to Nashville. The Cheltenham Challenge was recently renewed with a new title sponsor -- local private equity firm TVV Capital -- and the winner of the Hurdle will be qualified to travel to the U.S. this May to compete in the Calvin Houghland Grade One Stakes at the Iroquois Steeplechase for the chance to win a $500,000 bonus.
When Rawnaq won the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) last May, he not only notched his first Grade 1 success by edging out Irish invaders Shaneshill and Nichols Canyon, but he also catapulted himself toward the 2016 Eclipse Award by qualifying to run for the $500,000 Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge.
But Rawnaq’s training injury in January has effectively eliminated him from the competition, meaning the winner of the Grade 1 Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on March 16 will now be qualified to run for the half million-dollar bonus at Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase on May 13.