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    A bad third

    "That's not my horse," cried the owner. "That beast
    has not a white hair upon its body. What is this that
    you have done, Mr. Holmes?"

    "Well, well, let us see how he gets on," said my
    friend, imperturbably. For a few minutes he gazed
    through my field-glass. "Capital! An excellent
    start!" he cried suddenly. "There they are, coming
    round the curve!"

    From our drag we had a superb view as they came up the
    straight. The six horses were so close together that
    a carpet could have covered them, but half way up the
    yellow of the Mapleton stable showed to the front.
    Before they reached us, however, Desborough's bolt was
    shot, and the Colonel's horse, coming away with a
    rush, passed the post a good six lengths before its
    rival, the Duke of Balmoral's Iris making a bad third.

    This is Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Adventure I "Silver Blaze"
    by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

    But what is "a bad third" is a mystery to me.

    Michael

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    Re: A bad third

    The horses that came first and second were a long way ahead of the horse that came third.

    b

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    Re: A bad third

    Thank you, it seems rather logical now.

    Michael

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