Burrow Seven RETIRED
£100K+ raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association & Leeds Hospitals Charity
Please note: Burrow Seven has been retired from racing due to injury. Beep Beep Burrow will be taking his place. Read more here.
Burrow Seven was born in 2017 and was named Burrow Seven in honour of Rugby League legend, Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019.
Burrow Seven comes from a fantastic pedigree. He was sired by Kayf Tara, three-time Champion Stayer on the racecourse, including winning the Royal Ascot Gold Cup and the Irish St. Leger. Kayf Tara notched up 11 UK Championships as a National Hunt stallion.
Burrow Seven spent six weeks being pre-trained and pre-schooled with the hugely respected former-racehorse trainer, Henrietta Knight, at West Lockinge Farm. ‘Hen’ has trained over 700 winners, including Best Mate, who won three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Following that, Burrow Seven moved to Jedd O’Keeffe’s yard. After two inspiring seasons, a recurring injury meant that we took the difficult decision to retire him.
As our first fundraising racehorse, we’ll never forget his contribution to The Good Racing Company, and the two amazing charities he helped raise vital funds for.
We wish him all the best in his next chapter as an equine therapy horse, a role that is he is perfectly suited for.
To continue his good work, his place has been taken by Beep Beep Burrow.
6 years old
Jedd O’Keeffe, Middleham, North Yorkshire
Kayf Tara (GB) Gaye Sophie (GB) 2002
Raising awareness and funds for two good causes
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from the motor neurons gradually stop reaching the muscles.
Unfortunately, MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life.
The MND Association focuses on MND care, research and campaigning and their vision is a world free from MND. All proceeds for the MND Association from Burrow 7 fundraising is invested into ground-breaking MND research that will take us ever closer to the discovery of new treatments and ultimately a cure.
Leeds Hospitals Charity
Leeds Hospitals Charity support NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year. Working with local communities, schools and businesses across the city and beyond.
Buying a membership to a horse will help Leeds Hospitals Charity build the Rob Burrow centre for MND, a hub of innovation, education and excellence for MND in the region, bringing together holistic patient-centred care and excellent nursing standards in a purpose-built environment.
The brand-new centre will see all MND services housed under one roof for the first time, in an accessible location conscious of the needs of those who visit. Supporting all aspects of the patient’s journey, the centre will create comfortable and peaceful surroundings for patients and their families, including space to reflect after difficult conversations.
Burrow Seven may be retiring early but he has achieved so much in his short career. He has raised over £100,000 for the MND Association and has brought legions of rugby league fans into racing. It’s only right his next career will enable him to continue to hog the limelight and get more attention.
The donations have already enabled from the MNDA to funds lots of research. It’s helping us to better understand what causes MND so we can look at designing and developing better treatments and hopefully one day a cure.
Burrow Seven has a lot to look forward to in retirement. He already looks the part with his grey hair! Rob and I are committed to ensure he’s well looked after in his new role. Like me, he quite likes the limelight, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of him in the future!
Raised for MND Association so far
“My husband and I are now into our second season supporting Burrow Seven. Last season we watched him give his heart for us, for Rob, and for all the people who suffer from motor neurone disease. I cannot wait for the thrills that this season is going to bring.“
“Why support the campaign? Rob is one of my sporting heroes. He inspired thousands of Leeds Rhinos and rugby fans on the pitch. The courage and fortitude Rob is showing as a loving family man fighting his own battle will inspire millions.”
“I’m glad to see that so many people have enjoyed their yard visits to see Burrow Seven. For many of them it may be their first involvement in our great sport. If members get some fun out of their membership as well as helping to raise funds for the charity, then that is a good definition of success.”