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1. Sports
a. A horserace across open country or over an obstacle course.
b. A footrace of usually 3,000 meters over a closed track with four hurdles and a water obstacle.
2. A course of action containing many obstacles.

[From the use of church steeples as landmarks.]

stee′ple·chas′er n.
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1. (Horse Racing) a horse or an athlete that takes part in steeplechases
2. (Athletics (Track & Field)) a horse or an athlete that takes part in steeplechases
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.steeplechaser - a horse trained to run in steeplechases
Equus caballus, horse - solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
racer - an animal that races
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The contingent from Police and Prions face strong opponents from other regions that include Kenya Defence Forces.Benjamin Kigen, who rose to the limelight with a famous victory in 3,000m steeplechase during the Prefontaine Classic in May in the USA, will lead Kenya Police's assault that has steeplechaser Kennedy Njiru, Hillary Kemboi, Hillary Kering, Wilson Maraba, Victor Kibet and Wilson Kibogo.
But tearful steeplechaser Lennie Waite, 32, weighed up retirement after coming home last in the 3000m.
It really feels good to be back, said Posadas, who molded decathletes Jesson Ramil Cid and Fidel Gallenero, steeplechaser Christopher Ulboc and Mercedita Manipol into SEA Games gold medalists.
UP AND OVER Steeplechaser Rolanda catches her feet on a hurdle and goes flying head first into the water jump
He then adopted the "wheresjack" hashtag used by fellow athlete Michael Rimmer and retweeted a post from steeplechaser Eilish McColgan in which she wrote: "It is unfair for athletes not supported by UKA to have to wear it."
Lennie Waite has hit out at British Athletics beaks after the steeplechaser failed to reverse her World Championship snub.
Geraghty admitted to being "distracted with pain" when news of Kauto Star's death broke on Tuesday and yesterday he paid tribute to the great steeplechaser, saying: "It was very sad news.
Meanwhile, all racegoers have their favourite racehorses and Robin Oakley in his Britain And Ireland's Top 100 Racehorses Of All Time (Published by Icon Books at PS9.99) makes steeplechaser Arkle his number one.
Becoming a steeplechaser at Colorado isn't for the timid.
4 Who was the last steeplechaser (left) to win the Grand National under top weight?
Emily is a talented Steeplechaser, holding numerous British records in the Under 23 category over 3000m and is ranked 2nd in the UK.
JUST days after calling time on the career of legendary steeplechaser Kauto Star, Paul Nicholls began a new era for the yard in brilliant style on a super Saturday for the champion trainer.