06/13/2008, Düsseldorf / Germany


“Henkel Race Day for the Preis der Diana“ – anniversary of a classic Rhineland horse race


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Henkel Race Day for the 150th “Preis der Diana” (German Oaks)

The third Henkel Race Day featuring the coveted “Preis der Diana” will be held on August 3, 2008 in Düsseldorf-Grafenberg. The renowned thoroughbred trials belonging to Europe’s Group I horse race series will take place for the 150th time. Henkel looks forward to offering equestrian sports fans and their families a pleasant day out with many interesting attractions. Elegant horses, world-class athletes and diverse range of fringe events promise to transform the race into an entertaining and unique top-notch event.

On Sunday, August 3, 2008, Henkel will once again offer all equestrian fans exciting horse racing at its very best. Starting at 12:30 p.m., the Düsseldorf-Grafenberg race track will be transformed into the centerpiece of European flat racing. The “Henkel Race Day for the Preis der Diana” ranks among the most prominent events in German flat racing. In 2007, more than 20,000 spectators flocked to the Düsseldorf flat racing track.

The “Preis der Diana”
This year, the “Preis der Diana“ celebrates its 150th anniversary. It enjoys an excellent reputation around the world and is considered to be the German counterpart to the French “Prix de Diane“ as well as the English “Oaks”. The race ranks among the most prominent classic thoroughbred trials in Germany. People across the globe closely follow the results, due to the fact that a future breeding mare will often be worth millions after a victory. This highest level of competition is classified as a European Group I race. The field for this German Oaks consists exclusively of three-year-old fillies over a distance of 2,200 meters.

Henkel has been committed to promoting flat racing in the regional capital for many years, and has organized a Group II race for several years along with the classic Henkel Race Day. Since 2003, the company has also supported the “Henkel Trial”, which traditionally opens the flat racing season at the Düsseldorf-Grafenberg racecourse. In 2006, Henkel had the “Preis der Diana” transferred to Düsseldorf.

Entertainment for the whole family
Similar to previous years, the picturesque grounds of the Düsseldorf-Grafenberg flat racecourse will not only host an exciting horse race but offer a colorful entertainment program for the entire family. Visitors can look forward to many surprises.

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Head of Corporate Communications
Ernst Primosch, Corporate Vice President