The Maccabees are an English indie band. This song is a track from their sophomore album Wall of Arms.
Frontman Orlando Weeks explained to The Guardian July 10,2009: "It's about how my mum's side of the family started. My great-great-grandfather was a stablehand and he put all his money on a horse he'd been training that was 17 hands high. And it won. After that, he could afford to marry my great-great-grandmother."