Cheltenham 2020: Shane Lowry reveals his grand plan to watch Cheltenham… on the golf course

Shane was speaking on the Cheltenham Eve edition of our From the Horse's Mouth podcast.

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I’m really excited my horse Theatre of War is running for the first time at Cheltenham this week – but unfortunately I won’t be there to see it.

After winning The Open last year I wanted to do something for my friends back home, so me and a few of the lads decided to buy a racehorse together.

It’s run a few times so far, and having started well it then fell a few times. But he rediscovered his form at the end of last year, and had a great run at Leopardstown over Christmas which qualified him for Cheltenham.

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We’re all dead excited. I’m disappointed I can’t go, but my brother and one of my mates are heading over.

Instead, I’m out in Florida where it’s about 30 degrees, so I can’t complain. It’s good for practice, and my wife loves it, but unfortunately there’s absolutely no buzz for Cheltenham out here!

I’ve got a dodgy box with me, so I’ll have it hooked up in my hotel room and be able to watch it from afar. We’ll have a few bets in the morning and keep an eye on it on my phone throughout the day.

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I won’t be keeping up with Cheltenham when I’m playing my rounds in The Players Championship on Thursday and Friday – but I’ll certainly be paying attention during my practice rounds earlier in the week.

I’ll play a few holes with Graeme McDowell – he likes a bet too – and we’ll have a chat about what horses to get on on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It’s a good job Theatre of War’s race is on Wednesday so I can watch it on my phone. If it was on Thursday it might interrupt my round!


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What do you think?