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The racehorse named after Rob Burrow set for debut this week

Following Rob Burrow’s Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis in December 2019, so many people have done their bit to help him and help fight the disease.

We’ve seen Kevin Sinfield run 101 miles in one day, whilst Martyn Clarke is currently taking on the challenge of seven half ironman triathlons in seven days and there was even a racehorse named after Burrow.

The Burrow Seven Racing Club was set up in honour of the Leeds legend and to raise money for the MND Association and Leeds Hospital Charities, and now the four-year-old racehorse Burrow Seven is about to make its race course debut.

Since its foundation in 2020, the racing club has raised £100,000 in the battle against MND and was spearheaded by Burrow’s former teammate and Burrow Seven ambassador Barrie McDermott who won the 2004 Super League Grand Final and 2005 World Club Challenge alongside the mesmeric scrum-half.

The racecourse is now ready to raise the profile of Burrow and the fight against MND even more as it makes its racecourse debut this Tuesday at Catterick.

Speaking on the Burrow Seven Twitter page, trainer Jedd O’Keeffe said: “It’s all getting very tense because we are so close to getting him on the track for his first run and everything is going really well, we’re really happy with him.

“He’s galloped on the grass this morning with two other jumpers which is one of the last bits of his education and we’re really happy with the shape he’s in.

“He’s showing ability, great attitude and I like him for the sport. We’re hoping he goes to Catterick and puts on a decent show.

“He probably will be taking on some horses with experience racing on the track so inevitably he’ll be at a disadvantage.

“We feel he’s a lovely horse in the making and I think he’ll show us something at Catterick.”

He’ll be running at 15:15 on Tuesday after The Rob Burrow is a Legend Race at 13:15, a race named after the former Leeds number seven in a lovely gesture.

On having a race named after him, the Leeds legend took to Twitter to say: “I’m absolutely honoured to have the race named after me. I’ve always loved horse racing since I was young. My grandad bob would be elated.”

After that, he’ll run again on December 28th in the Open National Hunt Flat Race.

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