Racy Literature – An Irishman’s Diary about James Joyce, adultery, and the Ascot Gold Cup
The alleged Gold Cup scandal of 1904 was among this year's colourful Bloomsday talks
Throwaway returns to the winner’s enclosure after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot in 1904
Traditionalists are still reeling from those shock scenes at Royal Ascot this week, in which gentlemen removed their jackets because of the heat and were allowed to do so by the event’s usually merciless dress police.
Things were of course different in 1904, the year in which the meeting provided a sub-plot in Joyce’s Ulysses. Back then, not only did jackets stay on. So, contravening another tradition, did top hats, even when the winner of the week’s big race, the Gold Cup, returned to the enclosure.