Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge Kicks Off May 17th, Public Invited to Celebrate


We're hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Watch Party on Thursday, March 17 to view the first leg of its recently announced Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge!

The public is invited to Sam’s Place in Belle Meade from 8:45-10:45 a.m. to watch the live telecast of Cheltenham Festival's Ryanair World Hurdle race, which is of particular interest to Nashville: the first-place winner of the March 17th contest will have a chance to take home a $500,000 bonus if he/she crosses the pond to win Iroquois’ own Calvin Houghland Iroquois race, sponsored by Bank of America, in Nashville on May 14th. 

Last fall, officials from the Iroquois Steeplechase and Cheltenham Racecourse in the United Kingdom announced a $500,000 bonus to any horse that could win both the Iroquois and the Ryanair World Hurdle within one calendar year. The Cheltenham Festival has become England’s largest sporting event, attracting nearly 250,000 spectators to its annual four-day meet, and the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge reignites a transAtlantic rivalry by upping the ante between two of the most iconic steeplechase races in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The challenge is sponsored by Baltimore-based investment company Brown Advisory, who is also a partner of a steeplechase race at Cheltenham. Company CEO Mike Hankin is a respected owner known for fielding competitive horses on both sides, and we're grateful that he's championing this competition!

Food and drink will be provided at The St. Patrick’s Day Watch Party. The brunch is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to dress festively. Interested parties can RSVP ABOVE.

WHO: Iroquois Steeplechase
WHAT: St. Patrick's Day Watch Party
WHERE: Sam's Place (650 Highway 100)
WHEN: Thursday, March 17; 8:45 to 10:45AM
COST: Free; RSVP required