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 Steeple-Jack (A).Stel’vio. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A horse-race across fields, hedges, ditches, and obstacles of every sort that happen to lie in the way. The term arose from a party of fox-hunters on their return from an unsuccessful chase, who agreed to race to the village church, the steeple of which was in sight; he who first touched the church with his whip was to be the winner. The entire distance was two miles.   1
   The Grand National Steeplechase is run on the Aintree course, Liverpool.   2

 Steeple-Jack (A).Stel’vio. 


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