Ireland’s Rawnaq Wins 75th Running of Iroquois Steeplechase

Posted on May 15 2016 - 6:11am by Mike Strasinger
Rawnaq (3) edges out for the win in the 2016 Iroquois Steeplechase - Photo by Mike Strasinger

Rawnaq (3) edges out Shaneshill (5) for the win in the 2016 Iroquois Steeplechase – Photo by Mike Strasinger

Nashville, TN –

Ireland’s Rawnaq,  with Jack Doyle up,  edged out fellow Irish Thoroughbred Shaneshill to win the 75th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase on a spectactular race day at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Rawnaq now is in the running for a $500,000 bonus if successful next spring at the Group 1 Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2017.

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.

The Iroquois was the final race of 7 races held at the Steeplechase Grounds at Percy Warner Park.

Race Results for Race 1, The Guilford Dudley, Jr. Memorial Training Flat
(HORSE’S NAME, followed by owner, trainer, rider):
WINNER: GOODBYESEEULATER, Matthew T. Groff, Jack Fisher, Sean McDermott)

Race Results for Race 2, The Bright Hour Hurdle Stakes
WINNER: LUNE DE CARO (Tamara McSorley, Jonathan Sheppard, Keri Brion)

Race Results for Race 3, The Marcellus Frost Sport of Kings Novice Hurdle Stakes
WINNER: TEMPT ME ALEX (Robert A. Kinsley, Elizabeth Voss, Jack Doyle)

Race Results for Race 4, The Margaret Currey Henley Filly & Mare Hurdle Stakes
WINNER: ONE LUCKY LADY ( Irvin S. Naylor, Cyril Murphy, Ross Geraghty)

Race Results for Race 5, The George Sloan & John Sloan Sr. Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle
WINNER: ALL FOR US (Duodecim Stable, Jack Fisher, Connor Hankin)

Race Results for Race 6, The Mason Houghland Memorial Timber Stakes
WINNER: THE NEPHEW (Bruton Street-US, Jack Fisher, Connor Hankin)

Race Results for Race 7, The Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Grade I) Hurdle Stakes
FIRST PLACE WINNER: RAWNAQ (Irvin S. Naylor, Cyril Murphy, Jack Doyle)
Second Place: SHANESHILL (Andrea Wylie, W.P. Mullins, Danny Mullins)
Third Place: NICHOLS CANYON (Andrea Wylie, W.P. Mullins, Ruby Walsh)
Fourth Place: SCORPIANCER (Bruton Street-US, Jack Fisher, Connor Hankin)
Fifth Place: DEMONSTRATIVE (Mrs. George L. Ohrstrom, Jr., Richard Valentine, Darren Nagle)
Sixth Place: SYROS (Mrs. S. K. Johnston Jr., Jack Fisher, Sean McDermott)

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