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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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But it emerged JP McManus' champion was under the weather - and he began this season with a thundering eight-length supremacy over Samcro in Newcastle's Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle in December.
"We'll see how things go with him over the next few weeks but I imagine he'll head for the Champion Hurdle.
BOBBIE'S DIAMOND TONY Martin-trained gelding has run six times, three times each over hurdles and fences, and shaped with promise finishing second to 130-rated Mr Diablo in an admittedly weak beginners chase in Fairyhouse on Tuesday.
The trainer then identified the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on February 16 as the most likely port of call for his stable star, but he has now had a change of heart after the British Horseracing Authority gave the green light to a new Doncaster meeting, featuring the Listed 32Red Hurdle.
The five-year-old is likely to begin his campaign in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
The entries for the 2m championship event and also those for the former Stayer's Hurdle, now the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, were revealed yesterday with 35 high-class horses in both events.
Since we normally perform the drill over 10 hurdles, the athlete gets five reps with each leg.
Hurdle technology was developed as a new way to realize safe, stable, nutritious, tasty and economical foods.
Pitman will also be running the promising Hitman, fourth in the Bonusprint Bula Hurdle at Cheltenham last time, at Kempton over Christmas.
Last seen landing the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in January 2016, the nine-year-old heads the list of eight acceptors for the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle.
He said: "He's going to stay hurdling this season and he'll start off in the race at Ascot on the 24th (Coral Hurdle).
He has yet to jump a twig in public, but he does look like one who could go a long way over hurdles.
Clark returns to the T&G Super Team after impressive performances in the hurdles events this postseason.
First-season hurdlers need experience and Tizzard senior, who trains in Sherborne, Dorset, is already being asked - after one race over 11 hurdles and two wins in two bumpers - whether the horse will run in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle or the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Track hurdles are great for developing leg/hip flexibility and strength, knee bend, and as a general warm-up activity.