Andrea and Graham Wylie’s Nichols Canyon is on course for a return trip to Nashville and a date with destiny in the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) on May 13.
At stake will be the $500,000 TVV Capital Iroquois-Cheltenham Challenge, a bonus paid to the winner of the Calvin Houghland Iroquois and the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (Eng-Gr. 1) in the same 12-month period. Purses and bonus total approximately $800,000.
Nichols Canyon claimed the first leg of the challenge on March 16 with a courageous charge up Cheltenham’s heartbreak hill to notch a dramatic victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle.