Full of flowing champagne, waspish one-liners and magnificent millinery, it was like a Downton Abbey day out on the wrong side of the tracks. The actual race, in which Tommy’s thoroughbred was running, was so superfluous that we didn’t even discover the result.
was a British Thoroughbred
racehorse and sire
. He ran only six times in a career which was restricted by chronic injury problems. He was the outstanding British colt of his generation, winning the Epsom Derby
and the St. James's Palace Stakes
in 1922. He retired after winning his only race as a four-year-old in 1923.
The writer said that he always has an end in mind when he begins writing and that he has already plotted the series finale of Peaky Blinders.
"I'm not joking: I've got an ending where [Cillian Murphy's character] is Sir Thomas Shelby, and it's the start of the Second World War," he said. "The first siren goes off and that's it. What I'm trying to do with the whole thing is look at someone from his background: Can he get out and escape?"