1. dark horse, contest

1) Please correct me if I am wrong.

'a dark horse implies one who surprisess everyone by winning in a race'

2) Then, what is the opposite of a dark horse? I am trying to say one who had been predicted as the champion, but turned out losing the race.

3) Please correct me if I am wrong.

number 1 = the champion = the first place
number 2 = the first runner-up = the second place
number 3 = the second runner-up = the second place
number 4 = the third runner-up = the third place
number 5 = the fourth runner-up = the fourth place
number 11 = the tenth runner-up = the tenth place
.........and so on?

4) Mary was not among the top 5 in the contest. Should I say,

"Mary lost the place in the contest."

5) What do we call one who's at the very bottom in a contest?

Tks / ju

2. Re: dark horse, contest

It's called the "odds-on favourite" who "came up short".

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