Does anyone know what does this phrase mean: "Piper going well in the soft, lads. Down to fourth". I think it was about bets. The phrase was from a tv series "Peaky Blinders".

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    'In the soft' means 'in the soft conditions at the racecourse' (often the case in rainy Britain). Some horses prefer soft conditions, others firm. 'Going well' means 'running a good race', so I'd expect 'up to fourth' (ie just having moved up to fourth place) rather than 'down to fourth'. 'Piper' is a racehorse (the conditions aren't usually mentioned in greyhound racing). Dec 2, 2019 at 19:16
  • It's even called the going (meaning 2). "What's the going like today?" Dec 2, 2019 at 21:51

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Yes, it refers to how soft the ground is at the racecourse. Some horses like a hard track, others prefer soft - and are often referred to as 'mudlarks'.

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