Popular Burrow Seven set for hurdles debut at Wetherby

JEDD O’Keeffe’s Burrow Seven could make his hurdles debut at Wetherby on Saturday if the ground is suitably soft.

This was Rob Burrow when burrow Seven made a racecourse debut at Catterick last December.
This was Rob Burrow when burrow Seven made a racecourse debut at Catterick last December.

The five-year-old is owned by the Burrow Seven Racing Club, which was launched in November 2020 to raise money for former rugby league star Rob Burrow’s motor neurone disease Fight Back Fund.

Profits from the club are split equally between the MND Association and Leeds Hospital Charities, with funds raised so far totalling more than £100,000.

After a promising second in a Wetherby bumper earlier in the month, Burrow Seven was entered to run over obstacles for the first time at Doncaster last Friday. But the dry conditions and subsequent good going precluded him from making the journey to South Yorkshire.

Leyburn trainer Jedd O'Keeffe is responsible for Burrow Seven.

The William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Novices’ Hurdle, run over two miles and three and a half furlongs, could be his next port of call at the weekend if the ground proves acceptable.

“Burrow Seven is in great shape and ready to run,” said Leyburn-based O’Keeffe, himself a cancer survivor. “We’ll be monitoring the weather forecasts and ground closely and as long as the ground doesn’t get too lively for him, I think he’ll be running.

“I’d run him on good to soft, preferably not faster than that and I’d definitely run him on slower.

“There was loads of promise (in his last bumper run), we were really happy with that and he can keep improving.

“His schooling has been excellent and we think a step up in trip will really help him too.”

Burrow Seven, who made his racecourse debut at Catterick at then end of last year, has been ridden by Malton-born Oakley Brown to date – with the inspirational Burrow, and his family, present at the races to support the horse and raise awareness about their charity work.