Beep Beep Burrow, named in honor of former rugby league legend Rob Burrow, is set to take part in the long-awaited Sky Sports Racing match at Doncaster on Saturday.
The gelding, who is trained by Jedd O’Keeffe, is owned by Good Racing Company Ltd and will campaign to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which Burrow was diagnosed with in 2019.
Burrow earned the nickname ‘Beep Beep Burrow’ during his time at Leeds Rhinos and was transferred to the horse, who will continue the work started by former O’Keeffe inmate Burrow Seven – he retired due to injury in November after a few. they run promising.
Beep Beep Burrow was announced to run on Town Moor earlier this month, pushing back on a date which prompted the horse to pull out at the last minute.
Fortunately, O’Keefe’s athlete was temporarily disabled and is now back in Doncaster to play. Good luck Beep Beep Burrow Open NH Flat Race live on Sky Sports Racing at 4.25pm.
“It’s a very special day and we’re really looking forward to it,” O’Keefe told Sky Sports Racing. “It’s been a little bit late for a few reasons, it’s hard before Christmas, and then the weird injury that kept him out for 24 hours.
“The horse had its last exercise this morning [Wednesday] and we are ready to go.
“He came to us in the Autumn and he’s done really well. He’s very fast and a good mover so I think the place on Saturday will suit him.
“We feel he might want two and a half or three miles before long so two miles in the bumper might be on the sharp side for him but I can see him finishing well.”
Burrow and his family are expected to be on the road to cheer on their jockey, as they did with Burrow Seven – who is currently preparing for a career as a racehorse ambassador.
“Rob named the horse himself after his Leeds Rhinos name and it reflects his personality,” said O’Keefe. “I’ve been told that Rob and his family will be there on Saturday which will be great.
“They come to the paddock whenever we can and it’s clear that they get really excited when they see the horses.
“Being the best athlete in his career he understands how to train horses to prepare them for competition.”