Dark horse - a bit more

Posted by James Briggs on April 25, 2005

In Reply to: Dark horse posted by R. Berg on April 25, 2005

: : I would like the meaning of dark horse please.

: See link below.

This saying is said to go back to the Victorian politician Benjamin Disraeli who, apart from finding time to regularly become Prime Minister, also found time to write a novel called "The Young Duke". In the book there is a description of a horse race in which the two favourites cannot make the running. In the meanwhile "a dark horse...rushed past the grandstand in a sweeping triumph".