Kate Middleton at Aintree

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When the Royal baby is born, we may be seeing a horse cross the finish line in the newly named Duchess of Cambridge stakes at the very same time.

Kate Middleton has consented to a stakes named in her honour as part of the Piper-Heidsieck July Festival, which will take place at Newmarket’s July Course from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July 2013.

KATE MIDDLETON'S ROYAL ENGAGEMENTS

Kate is the second Royal to have a race named in her honour, with the Princess of Wales' Stakes taking place on the Thursday.

Newmarket Racecourses’ chairman, Julian Richmond-Watson, said: “We are honoured the Duchess of Cambridge has graciously consented to lend her name to this prestigious race. It is a great thrill for us to have a second Royal race at our July Festival and such is the popularity of the Duchess of Cambridge, I am sure that it will be a much-welcomed addition.”

PREGNANT CELEBRITIES

The Duchess' race will go ahead on the Friday, but with the Royal baby's birth estimated for the very same weekend, she's sure to be absent from the event. If the birth isn't already underway, we're sure Kate and her bump will be cheering on the horses at home.