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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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The 37-year-old, who is married with three children, said: "It is great that a local employment initiative has been launched as part of Steeple Chase as many local people in the building trade, like me, have seen work dry up due to the slump in the construction industry.
The pounds 20m 141-home development to rent and buy by Coast & Country Housing Association aims to transform Blayberry and Burnmoor estate into a new community called Steeple Chase, is the first scheme out of 26 in the North-east to have successfully bid for the funds.
But the Co Meath man kept his cool and crossed the line first in the Novice's Handicap Steeple Chase - the first Irish win of the day and fourth in the festival.
It is hoped the money donated will be boosted by a Steeple Chase sponsored by Northumbria Historic Churches Trust.
The feature race of the day is the pounds 10,000 Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap Steeple Chase (Class D).
OUT IN FRONT: Calgary Bay and Tony McCoy on their way to victory in the Dipper Novices' Steeple Chase at Cheltenham
Carrie plans to retire after yesterday's success in the Martell Cognac Fox Hunters Steeple Chase.
20pm is The Bet Direct Novices Steeple Chase and the second is at 1.
JUMP GLORY: The pack over the Chair in the John Smith''s Topham Steeple Chase
To be known as Steeple Chase, work on the Coast & Country Housing development is due to start early next year, with completion by 2011.
After his nearly faultless round under Nina Carberry in the Sporting Index Steeple Chase, and his memorable 2003 La Touche win at Punchestown - his second win in 24 hours ridden by Conor O'Dwyer - to us, he will never be forgotten.
Carrie plans to retire after her success in the Martell Cognac Fox Hunters Steeple Chase.