Kilbeggan will host the first graded race

AXA Farm Insurance’s Lauren Gavigan pictured with Champion National Hunt Trainer Willie Mullins and his racehorse Agusta Gold ahead of the €100,000 AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National at Kilbeggan Racecourse on Friday July 8, the first graded race to be held at County Westmeath Racecourse.

The AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National at Kilbeggan Racecourse on July 8 was upgraded to Grade B status.

The race, over three miles and a mile, will also go ahead with a significantly increased prize money of €100,000 and is the centerpiece of Kilbeggan Races’ fixture list and summer jump season.

Paddy Dunican, Managing Director of Kilbeggan Races, said: “We are delighted that the AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National Race has been upgraded to a Class B race. With the support of our sponsor AXA Farm Insurance and Horse Racing Ireland, the prize pool is increased from €75,000 to €100,000. We are excited to see high quality runners due to the improved status and increased prizes offered. The goal has always been to have a graded race in Kilbeggan, so it’s great to see our vision come to fruition on Friday 8th July.

AXA Head of Agriculture Christy Doherty pictured with National Champion Hunt Trainer Willie Mullins, Agusta Gold and Kilbeggan Racecourse Manager Paddy Dunican ahead of the €100,000 AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National at the Kilbeggan Racecourse on Friday 8th July.

Christy Doherty, AXA’s Head of Agriculture, said: “AXA Farm Insurance is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Midlands National for the fourth year. The Midlands National is a very important event for our business as it gives us the opportunity to engage with our customers at our local racecourse at their biggest race meeting of their season.

Jason Morris, Horse Racing Ireland’s Director of Racing and Strategic Projects, said: “The AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National Race has become a real feature of the National Hunt summer program and Horse Racing Ireland is delighted that the quality of runners in these last years justified the promotion of the race to a Grade B race, giving Kilbeggan a well-deserved first Black Type race.

The meeting also hosts a strong support card, including the €25,000 Writech Group Handicap Hurdle.

The first race is at 5:20 p.m. General admission €15. Students & OAP €12. Book online for a 10% discount

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