one-horse race

one-horse race

A competition in which one participant is superior to the others and thus more likely to win. After interviewing all of the job candidates, it's clearly a one-horse race. Nobody can beat Kim's experience and qualifications.
See also: race

a one-horse race

mainly BRITISH
If a contest is a one-horse race, it is obvious even before it starts that one person or team is much better than the others and will win. Marseilles are threatening to turn the French championship into a one-horse race. The election was a one-horse race really, the president winning by a massive majority.
See also: race

one-horse race

a contest in which one candidate or competitor is clearly superior to all the others and seems certain to win.
1995 Sun (Baltimore) The Rangers, who have won six of their last seven, could make it a one-horse race in a hurry.
See also: race

a one-horse ˈrace

a competition, etc. in which there is only one team or candidate with a chance of winning: It seems that the presidential elections are going to be a one-horse race this time. OPPOSITE: be wide open
See also: race
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Johnny Russell has revealed he quit Scotland's top flight because it's a one-horse race.
In the top division it was business as usual for Swalwell, the one-horse race continuing with a 102-run canter against Lanchester in which Chris Hewison added another 96 runs to his burgeoning portfolio.
In every position there has been a genuine pre-tournament contender for a First Test start play sufficiently poorly to turn a close-run contest into a one-horse race, or a one-horse race into a close-run contest.
It looks like a one-horse race, with Creed never entertaining the thought his opponent may win.
JOCKEY Robbie Power is confident his mount Oscars Well will ensure Wednesday's Racing Post Novice Chase is not a one-horse race, writes Jessica Lamb.
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SHOLAAN had punters blinking in the wind and rain as he turned York's competitive sprint into a one-horse race.
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The much-publicised 'Duel On The Downs' was more of a one-horse race, and Sir Henry said Frankel was the greatest horse he had ever seen.
Ford went on: "The idea that it was a one-horse race and that's unfair is ridiculous.
It has been suggested that one reason for the lack of activity is the double whammy of Easter holidays followed by the royal wedding, and there is of course the fact that many view this as a one-horse race.
The Labour Party are looking for somebody because it's looking like a one-horse race.