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1. a horse race over a course equipped with obstacles to be jumped, esp artificial hedges, ditches, water jumps, etc.
2. a track race, usually of 3000 metres, in which the runners have to leap hurdles, a water jump, etc.
3. Archaic
a. a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
b. a rare word for point-to-point



(1) In track and field, a race run for a distance of 3,000 m; held in a stadium, on a 400-m-long track with various obstacles. There are five hurdles, measuring 91.4 cm in height, one of which is placed before a stretch of water.

(2) In equestrian sports, a race held on a course 4,000–7,000 m long, with a maximum of 30 complex stationary obstacles; for horses four years old and older.

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"In line with those aims, we have made a pledge to recruit a proportion of employees who live locally to work on Steeple Chase's construction and are working in partnership with FHM and RACE to achieve that.
Tony McCoy, back in the saddle just seven weeks recovering from a broken back, came home on 4-1 Albertas Run in the Royal and Sun Alliance Steeple Chase for trainer Jonjo O'Neill.
Coast & Country chief executive Iain Sim, said: "As well as supplying much needed homes, Steeple Chase will bring wider benefits as we have set up a working party, in conjunction with our project partners, to look at the provision of local employment opportunities including apprenticeships."
We wanted to ensure we complemented the high quality new homes with a very high standard of environmental projects which would last and mature over time - Iain Sim, left, and an artist's impression of Kate Bridger's design for the Steeple Chase estate when completed
Youth events included the Big Ski Walk, Hit the Paddle, Plastic Guttering and Water Race, Bibs and Balls Relay and Human Caterpillar, while adults got to take part in the Farmers Walk, 100m Sprint, Tractor Pull, Press Up Challenge, Steeple Chase and the always entertaining Highland Dancing and Tug of War.
ridden by Daryl Steeple Chase "I've not really thought of the Irish Gold Cup, as he would not be the best traveller overnight."
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THE ACTION 13.30 Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle 14.10 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase 14.50 Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase 15.30 Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy 16.10 OLBG Mares' Hurdle 16.50 National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup 17.30 Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase PROBLEM SOLVER Ultima Handicap Chase?
"It won't change a lot for us; things like Wonderful Charm running in the National would be very much the exception because the horses we send into hunter chases have usually gone The new rules VVFROM January 1, 2018, once a horse in the care of a licensed trainer has run in a hunters' steeple chase, it may only run in other hunters' steeple chases for the remainder of the hunters' chase season (i.e.