Meaning of over the sticks in English:

over the sticks

phrase

Horse Racing
  • In steeplechasing and hurdles.

    ‘he gives Folk Dance his seasonal debut over the sticks’
    • ‘Arkle without reservation is the greatest horse ever over the sticks.’
    • ‘Gibson, who was deputising for the injured Tony Dobbin, got the gelding settled early on and he made a very satisfactory start over the sticks after ending last season with a five-length win in an Ayr bumper.’
    • ‘Runners are scarce over the sticks at Hexham tomorrow, which is a common problem at present because National Hunt trainers are reluctant to run their horses until the ground eases.’