07/27/2009, Düseldorf / Germany


Henkel Prize of Diana in Dusseldorf of August 2


Cancelling date: Late entry of mare Celimene

There are 15 three-year old mares having entered for the Henkel Prize of Diana, boasting a prize money of 400,000 Euros, to take place on the flat course in Dusseldorf-Grafenberg on August 2. At the cancelling date for the most important horse race in Germany for mares there was a not unexpected late entry:

The French trainer Carlos Lerner entered his mare Celimene for the Henkel Prize of Diana. This is rather expensive for its owner Gerard Laboureau since the starting fee amounts to 40,000 Euros. Celimene did not figure on the original list of entries and this is the reason why this rather large fee has to be paid. The normal starting fee for mares entered “on time” (deadline about twelve months ago) amounts to 6,000 Euros. However, since Celimene finished fourth at the French Prix de Diana and celebrated three successive victories she is considered a hot favorite at the German Prize of Diana.

Possibly, there will be another guest from Norway – trainer Wido Neuroth has kept La Zona in the race. In Jagersro on Friday, July 24, the mare won the Swedish counterpart of the Henkel Prize – the Swedish Oaks. She will possibly be ridden by Frederik Johansson, current winning jockey of the German Derby. However, the period of time until the Henkel Prize of Diana would be rather very short.

Of the 13 remaining German mares there are four of the stud farm Wittekindshof, run by the Dortmund-based businessman Hans-Hugo Miebach in Ruthen-Kneblinghausen in the Sauerland (Western Germany). Three different trainers are responsible for the Wittekindshof mares: Peter Schiergen (Nina Celebre, Serienhohe), Andreas Wohler (Near Galante) and Mario Hofer (Sworn Pro). 

Due to injury Miss Europa, one of the hot favorites, had to withdraw. The team of Bolivia, recently without a chance against the stallions in the Derby, will sound out the weather conditions because the mare likes a soft ground and will therefore only start if the conditions are right. At present the meteorologists are expecting stable summer weather patterns with mostly sunny skies.

All Annalena, Andrea, Anjella, Forever Nadine, Night Magic and Power Penny, Quillaja and Soberania are the further German mares to have entered the 2,200m race. The final field of entries with the respective jockeys will be determined on Thursday.

The Henkel Prize of Diana will take place on the flat course in Duesseldorf Grafenberg on August 2, boasting a prize money of 400,000 Euros. Eligible are solely three-year mares. Further attractions such as a “children’s paradise” with a bouncing castle and a circus for everyone, as well as a Henkel brand “obstacle course” with raffles turn the event into a real destination for families. Tickets costs 5,00 Euros, students and senior citizens will pay 2,50 Euros and there is no entrance fee for children under the age of 16. A so-called family ticket (with two adults) costs 7,50 Euros. The event starts at 13:00 hrs, the first race will be carried out at 14:00 hrs. All visitors are kindly requested to use public transport for arrival and departure.

Important note for the Media
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