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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.
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Completing the line-up are dual bumper winner Saint Gervais, who finished fourth on his hurdling debut at Cork, and Better Times, who came good at the sixth attempt over hurdles when winning at Thurles last month.
Darroun, a winner over 1m41/2f in the French provinces when trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, makes his hurdling debut under Ruby Walsh in the 12-runner juvenile hurdle (12.
Great champions who finished second on their festival debuts Monksfield Triumph Hurdle, 1976 A small entire horse, Monksfield became one of the greatest champions during the golden age of hurdling after coming second in the 1976 Triumph Hurdle.
Persian War was only a four-year-old in 1967 but Uttley's comment applies equally well to Dunguib, also in his first season hurdling.
Not, curiously enough, that slick hurdling is essential in order to be a champion hurdler.
A lightly raced six-year-old, Rite Of Passage showed improvement on the Flat last autumn and jumped soundly on his hurdling debut last month at Leopardstown.
MORE of France's young hurdling talent could be heading to Britain after the BHA acted to remove from next season the ban on horses who have won over hurdles in France from contesting juvenile hurdles in Britain.
With seven wins last season, including at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals, Katchit looked better equipped than many previous Triumph winners to graduate to top hurdling honours, yet his first attempt resulted in only a third place behind Harchibald and Al Eile in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle.
JP McManus's talented performer is 14-1 third favourite for the Arkle with Totesport and 16-1 with Coral and VCbet, but may be kept to hurdling if he impresses on his return in next month's Boylesports.
If he performs well in the Boylesports and he's there or thereabouts, I think we'll probably stay hurdling.