Gold Cup

Bantam Lyons borrows Bloom's newspaper near the end of Lotus Eaters because he wants information on "that French horse that's running today" in the "Gold cup," a prestigious and lucrative race run annually at "Ascot" Heath near London. The 16 June 1904 Freeman's Journal did announce the race, listing the time (3:00 PM), the distance (two and a half miles), the purse ("1,000 sovereigns with 3,000 sovereigns in specie in addition"), and the field (twelve named colts and fillies ranging from age 3 to age 5). But first-time readers, unless tipped off by some commentator, are likely to miss the most significant part of the exchange: when Bloom offers to let Lyons keep the paper, Lyons thinks that he has given him a tip for betting on the race. This fact becomes clear only later, as practical consequences and symbolic associations accumulate.

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The Gold Cup awarded to winners of the annual race at Ascot Heath since 1807. Source:

The Royal Enclosure at Ascot Heath on cup day in 1907. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

A Few Seconds More, and Four Horses Flashed Past the Winning Post, engraving print published by Harper's Weekly in July 1884. Source:

Throwaway entering the winner's enclosure after the Gold Cup race of 1904. Source:

The horse named Throwaway in a photograph taken by Clarence Hailey, owned by Dermot Goulding and displayed in the James Joyce Museum in Sandycove. Source: