05/04/2005, Düsseldorf




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Exciting horse racing at ninth Henkel race meeting
13 mares compete for a lion

Top quality horse racing is an odds-on certainty at the Henkel-Rennen 85th German One Thousand Guineas. The race will be staged on Sunday, May 8, as the highlight of the ninth Henkel race meeting at the Grafenberg race course. The meeting starts at 13.30 p.m., and the first race is scheduled for 2 p.m. All ladies who arrive wearing a hat will have free entry to the Henkel race meeting. Germany's 17-year-old star gymnast Fabian Hambüchen, who is sponsored by Henkel, will be present as a guest and will be available for an autograph session.
Düsseldorf - When the starting gate opens for the Henkel race at 4.35 p.m., 13 three-year-old mares will compete for the special award of a block of crystal glass, in which is set a three-dimensional lion. Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Management Board of Henkel KGaA, will present the trophy to the winning owner. The prize money is 200,000 euros. The name "German One Thousand Guineas" indicates the status of the race, as "One Thousand Guineas" races are classic European events for three-year-old mares. A total of ten races will be held at the Henkel meeting (see attachment).

The on-course events will be accompanied by an extensive off-course program. Gymnastic prodigy Fabian Hambüchen will be present in the tent to sign autographs for his fans, and live music will be provided by the Marshall Emms Band. Circus-Varieté Merz & Pilini will entertain younger visitors, who will also be able to play on a bouncy castle, paint their faces or take part in a competition to produce the best painting of a horse. They will also be able to enjoy pony rides in the grounds of the Grafenberg racetrack.

As May 8 is Mother's Day, all ladies will be welcomed with a flower by Henkel, and those of them who are wearing a hat when they leave the race course will receive an additional small gift. Four milliners will be presenting their creations at several booths.

The Henkel race meeting is part of the Henkel Smile program. The maxim of this initiative is social engagement. The Company engages in social, educational, environmental and scientific projects, as well as providing support to schools and to youth, culture, sport and arts activities.

The race meeting at a glance:

1st race 2.00 p.m. Pril Race / prize money 4500 Euro
2nd race 2.30 p.m. Loctite Race / prize money 8500 Euro
3rd race 3.00 p.m. Metylan Race / prize money 4500 Euro
4th race 3.30 p.m. Taft Race / prize money 8500 Euro
5th race 4.00 p.m. Persil Race / prize money 4500 Euro
6th race 4.35 p.m. Henkel Race
85th German One Thousand Guineas
prize money: 200,000 Euro
7th race 5.15 p.m. Ceresit Race / prize money 7000 Euro
8th race 5.45 p.m. Fa Race / prize money 14,000 Euro
9th race 6.15 p.m. Got2b Race / prize money 5000 Euro
10th race 6.45 p.m. Perwoll Race / prize money 7000 euros