It's 1986, the time of Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch is moving the printing of his newspapers from Fleet Street to Wapping and redundancy is in the air.
The script comes from a book called The Mumper, by Mark Baxter and Paolo Hewitt, and already signed up to it are Bob Hoskins, Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham) Jaime Winstone (Made In Dagenham), Noel Clarke (Adulthood) and Terry Stone, who is also one of the picture's producers. David Essex has been cast as a trainer and Mark Kershaw, former managing director of Newbury, has been roped in as racing adviser.
"It will be an uplifting film," says Stone, star of Shank, Bonded By Blood, Eastenders and with a gift of making a £2 million budget look like a £5 million film. "I go to Royal Ascot every year but I'm a novice compared to the executive producer Bob Benton who spends most of his life on a racecourse."