Definition of steeplechase in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘He rode his first winner at age 14 at Agua Caliente in Mexico, where his mother Clara Adams, trained Thoroughbreds for flat and steeplechase racing.’
    • ‘John's Call, the venerable gelding who rose from obscure steeplechase races to two Grade 1 victories and the brink of a championship at the age of nine, has come to an end.’
    • ‘Do you have information on what these measures look like in horses that have been racing, race horses, or steeplechases?’
    • ‘The two steeplechase races will be billed as preps for the annual Far Hills Race Meet at the Moorland Hills complex in Far Hills, New Jersey, on October 26.’
    • ‘Timmy Murphy, a leading steeplechase jockey in England, received a seven-day suspension on Monday for apparently throwing his whip at his mount after they both fell in a race at Plumpton.’
    • ‘It was only the sixth time the great horse had been beaten in a steeplechase, and he struggled to recover.’
    • ‘Bookmakers in England will be forced to make large pay-offs after champion steeplechase jockey Tony McCoy won five races at Ascot on Saturday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘McDynamo, a leading contender to win the Eclipse Award as champion steeplechaser, earned the Lonesome Glory Champions Trophy as the leading steeplechase earner of 2005.’
    • ‘Fauquier County hosts the upscale Virginia Gold Cup, a steeplechase race and Washington-area social event.’
    • ‘He was an avid polo player and rode in amateur steeplechase races.’
    • ‘‘I've been with a lot of outfits over the years and my crew is one of the best,’ said Bates, formerly a steeplechase jockey, who rode for 17 years.’
    • ‘His victories include two wins over jumps in a brief steeplechase career that spanned five races, four in 1995 and one in 1998.’
    • ‘A former steeplechase rider, Francis has based most of his work in the world of horse racing.’
    • ‘And the winning Irish trainer Jimmy Mangan admitted the horse could line up again for the world-famous steeplechase again next year.’
    • ‘The steeplechase races will proceed four flat stakes with combined purses of $700,000.’
    • ‘Two steeplechase accidents marred the 20th open house at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday before a record crowd estimated at 22,000.’
    • ‘An independent review panel has concluded that steeplechase racing is an integral part of Victoria's country race meetings in Australia and should not be discontinued despite protests of cruelty from animal rights activists.’
    • ‘With Aintree announcing record attendances once again for its Grand National meeting, it seems hard to imagine that the famous steeplechase was perilously close to being axed as recently as the 1970s.’
    • ‘The two races are a $15,000 maiden steeplechase and a $20,000 starter handicap for horses that have started for a $25,000 or less claiming tag.’
    1. 1.1 A running race in which runners must clear hurdles and water jumps.
      ‘he will run his first international steeplechase in America’
      • ‘Blonde Olympic hopefuls in the athletics 2000m steeplechase - but it is their good looks that are rumoured to have already brought in seven-figure modelling offers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You certainly couldn't have wished for a better spectacle than either the men's 3,000m steeplechase and 400m final.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mention of the hammer, race-walking, the triple jumps, even the steeplechase hardly against the glamour of the 100 or 1500, or indeed most of the track distances.’
      • ‘Smith, the Irish steeplechase champion, is improving every year and got his place on the Irish team, alongside Seamus Power and Peter Matthews, in the absence of Mark Carroll.’
      • ‘In recent weeks they trained together in Dublin where they were joined by the national steeplechase champion, Cormac Smith.’
      • ‘England's racing scene emphasizes steeplechase events in the winter and Anderson said Fallon could do significantly better financially by competing in the U.S.’
      • ‘And on a day which saw Scotland's new generation runners well to the fore, steeplechase specialist Iain Murdoch retained the West 1500m title.’
      • ‘As one commentator said, the organizers have had to negotiate more hurdles than the competitors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.’
      • ‘This is a Tour de France type of drug, this is endurance marathoners, 3,000 metres steeplechase runners type of drug.’


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