Racehorse named after Leeds Rhinos’ legend, Rob Burrow, had debut pushed back after “freak setback”

It was reported yesterday that a racehorse named after the Leeds Rhinos’ legend, Rob Burrow, was set to run his maiden race at Doncaster however sadly Beep Beep Burrow is now a non-runner.

Beep Beep Burrow is a six-year-old racehorse that is owned by the Good Racing Company and he was set make his maiden run of 2023 tomorrow at Doncaster races.

The Racing Post have revealed why the horse didn’t run with comments from the trainer, Jedd O’Keefe.

“It’s unbelievably unlucky. We found him this morning lame in his box and found a haematoma between his front legs.

“We got the vet immediately and the vet found that he may have had a pin prick with a foreign body, or it might be as simple as an infected hair follicle. I don’t think I’ve ever had one of those ever, never mind on the morning of a race.

“I feel so sorry for all the people who have put in so much effort.”

With the amazing fundraising and campaigning that Burrow has inspired and done himself, his namesake horse was set to do the same with any prize money going towards raising awareness for MND with the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Hospitals Charity being the two beneficiaries.

Despite the fact that Beep Beep Burrow will no longer run, the Burrow family will reportedly still be in attendance at Doncaster races, as will many media crews who were all keen to watch Beep Beep Burrow put on a show.

Phil Hawthorne, who represents The Good Racing Co, the owners of Beep beep Burrow told the Racing Post about the frustration of the setback.#

“”It’s unbelievably frustrating. ITV News were sending a crew, so were the BBC and Sky Sports. We were going to get a fair bit of PR from it.”

He added: “We hope he could be out on January 28 at Doncaster.”

That PR from the horse’s appearance alongside the Rhinos’ legendary number seven, Burrow, would have only enhanced the amazing fundraising efforts that Burrow has inspired.

A sad opportunity missed but a decision that revolved around the care of the horse and will hopefully mean he can make his debut at the end of the month instead.

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