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Another set of hurdles and then the field were out of sight.
The whole post was there, and there was such another whooping and shouting when the seventeen kids came flying down the turf and sailing over the hurdles - oh, beautiful to see!
At the end of the Easter term there were the sports, and he would be able to go in for the races; he rather fancied himself over the hurdles. It would be splendid to be like everyone else, not to be stared at curiously by new boys who did not know about his deformity, nor at the baths in summer to need incredible precautions, while he was undressing, before he could hide his foot in the water.
A main entrance it was plainly meant to be, but never finished; instead of gates of wrought iron, a pair of hurdles were tied across with a straw rope; and as there were no park walls, nor any sign of avenue, the track that I was following passed on the right hand of the pillars, and went wandering on toward the house.
Through the open window came an uneven humming sound like that which rises from a flock of sheep pent within hurdles at dusk.
Determined at once to prove the truth - or rather the falsehood - of her story, I hastened to Woodford as fast as my legs could carry me; first veering round by a circuitous course, but the moment I was out of sight of my fair tormentor cutting away across the country, just as a bird might fly, over pasture-land, and fallow, and stubble, and lane, clearing hedges and ditches and hurdles, till I came to the young squire's gates.
He fenced the raft all round with wicker hurdles as a protection against the waves, and then he threw on a quantity of wood.
Then the dramatic critic, on all fours, galloped along the sand for all the world like a horse, and for all the world like a horse taking hurdles he jumped the planks to the end of the course.
At length I resolved to try a pitfall; so I dug several large pits in the earth, in places where I had observed the goats used to feed, and over those pits I placed hurdles of my own making too, with a great weight upon them; and several times I put ears of barley and dry rice without setting the trap; and I could easily perceive that the goats had gone in and eaten up the corn, for I could see the marks of their feet.
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FOUR mares have won the Champion Hurdle, and there could now be a fifth thanks to the bold ambition of owners and trainers.
BUVEUR D'AIR sets the standard against Irish mares Apple's Jade and Laurina as he bids for a hattrick of victories in the Unibet Champion Hurdle (3.30).