€75,000 AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National goes to post next Friday, July 10


RTÉ to broadcast Kilbeggan’s flagship race

Friday, July 03, 2020
AXA Kilbeggan

Next Friday, July 10 will see the return of the €75,000 AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National at Kilbeggan Racecourse, one of the most significant steeplechases in the summer racing calendar. Photo: Pat Healy


Next Friday, July 10 will see the return of the €75,000 AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National at Kilbeggan Racecourse, one of the most significant steeplechases in the summer racing calendar. The 2020 renewal marks the second year AXA, one of Ireland’s largest and oldest insurance companies, have sponsored the historic race. 

RTÉ will feature the AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National in their new one-hour evening programme on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player. The new programme will run from 7pm to 8pm and will be presented by Hugh Cahill with guest analysts joining regulars Jane Mangan, Ted Walsh and Ruby Walsh.

Forty-two entries have been received for the AXA Midlands National Handicap Steeplechase with the Naas Leinster Grand National winner Cap York a likely contender for trainer Noel Meade. Cheltenham Festival winner Early Doors is an interesting entry for trainer Joseph O’Brien while Gordon Elliott has entered 16 horses with Dinons, a three-time winner over fences last season, one of several strong challengers. Henry De Bromhead’s entry Judgement Day has previously won twice in Kilbeggan.   

Paddy Dunican, Kilbeggan Manager, said: “We are thrilled that RTÉ will broadcast our AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National live on television, which gives the opportunity to all of Kilbeggan’s great supporters to watch our feature race of the year. The continued support of our sponsor AXA, one of one of Ireland’s leading insurance groups, now specialising in farm insurance, and the additional funding from Horse Racing Ireland, values the race at €75,000.” 

Christy Doherty, Head of Agriculture at AXA Ireland said: “AXA Farm Insurance is delighted to support the Midlands National at Kilbeggan which is only a short distance from our Agri Centre in Athlone. It is a great opportunity for us to put funding back into the farming community who are the backbone of the racing community across rural Ireland. We wish Paddy Dunican, Kilbeggan Racecourse and Horse Racing Ireland the very best with this popular race in the Midlands.”

Jason Morris, Horse Racing Ireland’s Director of Racing, said: “We are looking forward to a high class and competitive renewal of the AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National on July 10 and it is great for Kilbeggan and all National Hunt fans that this highly prestigious contest will be showcased live on RTÉ this year.”

We are looking forward to a high class and competitive renewal of the AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National on July 10 and it is great for Kilbeggan and all National Hunt fans that this highly prestigious contest will be showcased live on RTÉ this year.

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