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Wednesday, May 24, 2006



Excitement, fun and celebrities at the "Henkel Renntag um den Preis der Diana"




Elite horse racing in Düsseldorf

The "Preis der Diana" - the German Oaks - will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2006, at the "Henkel Renntag" meeting at the Düsseldorf-Grafenberg racecourse. The European Group 1 flat race will be watched by many celebrities from the worlds of politics, sport, art and culture, including prominent actresses such as Veronica Ferres and Esther Schweins, and the international star gymnast Fabian Hambüchen. As always, however, this traditional race meeting offers an attractive and entertaining program for each and every spectator.



London - From 13:30 on Sunday, June 4, the Düsseldorf racecourse at Grafenberg will be the focal point of the European horse racing world. For the first time, the "Preis der Diana" - the German Fillies Derby or German Oaks - will be staged as part of the traditional "Henkel Renntag." Run by 3-year-old fillies over 2200 meters, this internationally famous flat race is a European Group 1 event and is one of the most valuable European classic horse races for thoroughbreds.


Alongside the races in Paris, Hamburg and Baden-Baden, the "Henkel Renntag um den Preis der Diana" is one of the leading flat race events in Europe. Visitors to the Düsseldorf racecourse can be sure of an unforgettable day's sport, featuring many outstanding horses.


Henkel has sponsored horse racing for many years, and for the last 9 years it has organized the traditional "Henkel Renntag," a Group II meeting. With the "Internationaler Henkel Renntag der Diana," Henkel has expanded its involvement in flat racing still further. Since 2003, the brand manufacturer has been sponsoring the "Henkel Trial - Düsseldorfer Stutenpreis." This fillies race traditionally marks the start of the racing season at the Düsseldorf Grafenberg course.


Celebrities and fashion


Anyone who has only seen German top athlete Fabian Hambüchen on the television screen will have the chance to meet him in person. The 18-year-old contestant at the Olympic Games in Athens and European champion on the high bar will be giving two autograph sessions at the meeting. Many other celebrities are expected to be present. Two of the guests will be the German actresses Veronica Ferres and Esther Schweins.

To mark Henkel's 130th anniversary this year, some of the promenaders will be wearing period costumes from 1876. Anyone who wishes to take a journey back through time can be photographed with them. The images will subsequently be placed on the Internet homepage of the race meeting www.henkel-renntag.de , from which they can be downloaded.


A hat for a good cause and a big surprise

Spectators who come to the racecourse wearing a hat or carrying an accessory such as a pair of binoculars will be supporting a good cause. One euro per item will go to the Henkel Smile program, through which Henkel focuses all of its international, social and charitable initiatives.


Henkel will also hold a raffle for a good cause. A very attractive prize awaits the winner. We are not yet able to disclose any details, except that the prize has something to do with the currently most talked-about event in Germany.


Sport, games and fun

Besides the first-class racing program, visitors to the Henkel Renntag will find a varied program of special events for their entertainment.

A proven favorite is the "Brand Course," where Henkel presents its brands and services.

Henkel Cosmetics will be offering skin analyses and hair color advice. The famous hair and make-up artist Armin Morbach, from Hamburg, will give a styling demonstration with models, and will then focus on the hairstyles of members of the audience. Persil's White Lady will also be there, of course, and will present Henkel's latest innovations in home and laundry care.

For those who would rather stick to soccer, Henkel Adhesives is presenting its products and will organize a "goal shooting wall" competition. The winners can be sure of a pleasant surprise. In addition, there will be a "Prize Draw of the Henkel Brands."

Children have not been forgotten, and a wide range of activities has been organized for them. Boys and girls can visit the "Henkel Children's Paradise" with a Pritt handicraft corner, a bouncy castle, a make-up stand and many other activities.


"Henkel - A Brand like a Friend". Henkel is a leader with brands and technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel, a Fortune Global 500 company, operates in three strategic business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and Adhesives, Sealants and Surface Treatment. In fiscal 2005 Henkel generated sales of 11.974 billion euros. More than 50,000 employees work for Henkel worldwide. People in approximately 125 countries around the world trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.


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