Definition of steeplechase in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstiːp(ə)ltʃeɪs


  • 1A horse race run on a racecourse having ditches and hedges as jumps: the horse had all the attributes to win her the greatest steeplechase in the calendar [mass noun]: the breed is used for flat racing as opposed to harness racing or steeplechase [as modifier]: steeplechase champion
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    • Do you have information on what these measures look like in horses that have been racing, race horses, or steeplechases?
    • His victories include two wins over jumps in a brief steeplechase career that spanned five races, four in 1995 and one in 1998.
    • Opening the 137th Saratoga Race Course season with a steeplechase race resulted in three jockeys being unseated from their mounts and two of those riders suffering broken bones.
  • 1.1A running race in which runners must clear hurdles and water jumps: he will run his first international steeplechase in America
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    • The world's best time is more than 50 sec lower, but these times were an important breakthrough, having begun her career as a middle-distance runner before the gradual arrival of the steeplechase provided a greater incentive.
    • This is a Tour de France type of drug, this is endurance marathoners, 3,000 metres steeplechase runners type of drug.
    • Two were gold medals, with one in the 5000m in 15 min 20 sec and the 10,000m in 32 min 44 sec, a silver in the steeplechase in 9.37 and a bronze medal in the half marathon.



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  • Before the 1960s, Ireland had earned a reputation for stallions which produced fine hurdlers and steeplechasers, but not many Flat champions.
  • The special obstacles are more like mini-fences than traditional timber hurdles and are designed to educate the young steeplechasers of the future.
  • By the day of the race we can expect a very small field but that won't matter a jot as racing fans turn up to see one of the finest steeplechasers of all time in action at his local track.


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  • The sport of steeplechasing was originated by hunting men who raced their hunters over natural country from ‘point to point’ or from one steeple to the next.
  • Amongst his rivals is the great enigma of Irish steeplechasing, Florida Pearl.
  • The return to steeplechasing of last year's Grand National hero Bindaree is the main talking point of the race.


late 18th century: from steeple (because originally a steeple marked the finishing point across country) + chase1.

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