A Richmondshire trained racehorse helping to raise money for charity will make its racing debut at Catterick next week.
Four-year-old gelding Burrow Seven, trained by Coverdale-based Jedd O’Keeffe, is owned by the Burrow Seven Racing Club, which has been set up in honour of former rugby league player Rob Burrow MBE.
Last year the Burrow Seven Racing Club raised £100,000 for the MND Association.
This coming year the profits raised by the racing club will be split equally between the MND Association and Leeds Hospital Charities.
Barrie McDermott, Leeds Rhinos Legend, Sky Sports Presenter and Burrow Seven Brand Ambassador, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all Burrow Seven members, corporate partners and brand ambassadors for their brilliant support during the 2021 fundraising campaign. We have been able to donate £100,000 and we are really looking forward to the 2022 fundraising campaign and seeing Burrow Seven make his debut.”
Burrow Seven is entered in the 2-mile Racing Again 28th December Open National Hunt Flat Race at Catterick Racecourse on Tuesday, December 14.
Fiona Needham, general manager and clerk of the Course at Catterick Racecourse, said: “We’re delighted that Catterick has been chosen for Burrow Seven’s racecourse debut.
“The racing club are fundraising for such a fantastic cause, and hopefully their colours will be carried to great success!”
Burrow Seven has been in training with Jedd O’Keeffe since October 2020.
O’Keeffe’s biggest win to date came with Sam Spinner in the 2017 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.
Speaking to Catterick Racecourse, O’Keeffe said: “We are very much looking forward to seeing Burrow Seven make his racecourse debut at Catterick Races. He’s ready for his first run and will benefit from the experience on the track.”
Other highlights on the day include the feature Rob Burrow is a Legend! Juvenile Hurdle race at 1.45pm, when some of the Burrow Seven Racing Club members will have the unique opportunity to judge the best turned out horse ahead of the race and present the prize to winning connections.
The first race is scheduled for 12.15pm, with the gates opening two hours prior.
The last race is at 3.15pm.
Admission tickets are still available, with advanced booking discounts offered online at catterickbridge.co.uk and over the phone by calling the racecourse office on 01748 811478.
There will be a complimentary shuttle bus to bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place one hour prior to the first race and it will return after the last race.