Willie Mullins' Nichols Canyon and Shaneshill land in Tennessee for Grade One hurdle
The Willie Mullins-trained pair Nichols Canyon and Shaneshill have arrived in Nashville, Tennessee, ahead of the Grade One Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle on Saturday.
If either is successful in the three-mile contest, they will be able eligible for a 500,000 USD bonus, the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge, if going on to win the World Hurdle at Cheltenham next March.
Both horses competed in this year's Festival, with Nichols Canyon third in the Champion Hurdle and Shaneshill runner-up in the RSA Chase.
Ruby Walsh is set to partner Nichols Canyon with Danny Mullins aboard Shaneshill. Both horses are owned by Andrea and Graham Wylie.
Mullins, who will be having runners in the USA for the first time, said: "Nichols Canyon and Shaneshill have arrived on the track and it's so far, so good with them. We are happy with them."