Meet Burrow Seven - the racehorse named after Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow

He was a thoroughbred on the field and now a racehorse has been named in honour of Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow.

Monday, 9th November 2020, 10:45 am

Burrow Seven, a three-year-old grey gelding, will begin his racing career in the new year and all prize money will go to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

Burrow, an eight-time Grand Final winner, was diagnosed with the terminal illness 11 months ago.

The Burrow Seven Racing Club was launched today with membership proceeds also being donated to the MND Association.

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Rob Burrow and his mum Irene meet Burrow Seven, as Barrie McDermott looks on.

A year’s membership costs £59 and members will have an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win tickets to watch Burrow Seven on race days from the owners’ enclosure or visit him at his training yard, as well as receiving a thank you letter from Burrow, picture of the horse and updates on his progress.

Burrow Seven was initially pre-trained by Henrietta Knight at West Lockinge Farm in Oxfordshire and is now continuing his training with Jedd O’Keeffe in North Yorkshire.

After coming face to face with his equine namesake, Burrow said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed,

“I’ve been excited about this fundraising campaign for some time, but meeting this magnificent racehorse was something else.

Rob Burrow and his mum Irene with Burrow Seven.

“I’m really honoured to have him named after me and I can’t wait to see him in his first race.

“Thank you to everyone who supports the MND Association by taking part.”

Burrow’s former teammate Barrie McDermott helped coordinate the new club.

“He said: “It’s hard to come up with ideas for fundraising events in an era of Covid, but we think we’ve hit upon something original, inclusive and exciting with Burrow Seven.

Rob Burrow, with parents Irene and Geoff, meet racehorse Burrow Seven.

“I’ve met this horse and can testify it has the same fighting spirit as Rob.

“We have high aspirations for how much money and awareness we can raise for Rob and the MND Association, plus we hope to have a lot of fun along the way.”

To join the Burrow Seven Racing Club, visit www.burrowseven.com.