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fall at the first hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very beginning of the attempt. John had his business plan all laid out, but he fell at the first hurdle when the bank refused to grant him a loan.
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fall at the final hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the final hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
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fall at the last hurdle

To fail to accomplish some task or goal at the very end of the attempt. Negotiations between the two warring countries fell at the last hurdle due to disagreements over cross-border taxation.
See also: fall, hurdle, last
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40 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (2m 4 1/2f)
Tiger Roll, winner of the JCB Triumph Hurdle last season, finished 19 lengths behind Hurricane Fly in the Ryanair Hurdle last month and is fitted with cheekpieces today.
Clair Soleil, trained by Ryan Price and ridden by Fred Winter, won the Champion Hurdle in 1955 and, having lost some of his speed, took the Spa Hurdle in 1959.
He said: "How can you have chases either side of the hurdle races where they jumped all the fences yet the hurdles are omitted because of low sun?
But the 18-time champion - who needs nine winners to reach his 4,000 - will today make his first trip to his local course since 2008 to ride the five-year-old, whose Champion Hurdle odds are no bigger than 10-1.
Kempton's Listed 2m hurdle on October 20 has been identified as the starting point for The New One, the Champion Hurdle sponsor's 6-1 fourth favourite.
However, King could still send his Grade 1-winning five-year-old for the County Hurdle, for which he is a 20-1 chance, while alternative engagements at Ayr and Punchestown are also being considered.
He won a 2m novice hurdle at Newcastle last March and has run well on both his starts this season.
Verdict Hurricane Fly took the Istabraq Festival Hurdle en route to this in 2011 and can repeat the trick here and complete an Irish Champion Hurdle hat-trick.