NEXT Saturday, June 16th, is celebrated across the world as Bloomsday but to that small constituency of Joyce fans who are also flat racing fans, the only day where Bloomsday makes real sense is when the June 16th falls on the Thursday of Royal Ascot.

For it was on that day in 1904 that the outsider Throwaway surprised the racing world and the characters of Ulysses, to win the Gold Cup at Ascot.