Steeple chase

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a race across country between a number of horsemen, to see which can first reach some distant object, as a church steeple; hence, a race over a prescribed course obstructed by such obstacles as one meets in riding across country, as hedges, walls, etc.

See also: Steeple

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The Grand Steeple Chase has a long and venerable history with runners having represented King Edward VII and King George V.
UP AND OVER: Vodka Bleu, ridden by Timmy Murphy (left), jumps the last with Patman du Charmill, ridden by Paddy Brennan, to go on and win the TurfTV New Year Steeple Chase at Cheltenham yesterday
Racing Post has teamed up with base2stay Liverpool, the city's newest and most stylish boutique hotel, and Aintree Racecourse to offer you and a guest the chance to enjoy the greatest steeple chase in the world - the John Smith's Grand National 2011.
COAST and Country Housing has started to fulfil a commitment to employ local workers on its pounds 20m Steeple Chase regeneration scheme in Redcar.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's offer of a million free plane seats appeared to nosedive when his horse Mossbank was second behind Irish bred 4-1 Our Vic in the Ryanair Steeple Chase.
First race is at 1.00pm and the feature race of the day is the Ceilidh Boy Steeple Chase (Handicap) with pounds 12,000 added.
The deal sees Betfred take sponsorship of three races at the three-day meeting - the Betfred Bowl Steeple Chase on Grand Opening Day, the Betfred Mobile Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase on Ladies Day and the Betfred TV Handicap Steeple Chase on Grand National Day.
jjFriday Ascot's two-day meeting starts, with the Grade 2 Mitie Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle over 2m, and the Grade 2 Noel Novices' Steeple Chase over 2m3f the highlights.
Of the 173 homes at Steeple Chase - its name was chosen by residents to reflect the nearby racecourse - 90 will be for rent, with the rest for sale.
Last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Captain Christy (Pat Taaffe/Bobby Coonan) finds the ground too soft at Auteuil and goes down to Air Landais in the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris.
The chosen name - Steeple Chase - reflects the nearby racecourse and the town's long association with horse racing.
The Ceilidh Boy Steeple Chase on the same day also commemorates a real Kelso favourite of the past, owned and trained by Dawn Goodfellow.