When the Prime Minister of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, comes to the horse race course Hoppegarten, there is probably not much that will keep him on his seat, because it is going to get wild for him as a patron on the first race day of the Brandenburger economy.
On this race day, several companies, located in the federal state Brandenburg – such as EWE, envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG, LAND BRANDENBURG LOTTO GmbH, Jungheinrich AG, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Potsdam as well as the internet portal getgoods.de AG – will present their work.
Parallel to the exhibition, the “Diana Trial 2013” will take place on the race course.
With the price money of € 70,000, the Diana Trial is ranked as one of the most important competitions in horse racing, belonging to the “Champions League” of horse racing so to speak. The Diana Trial will be an important qualifying race for the “Preis der Diana”. For this race, only three year old English thoroughbred mares are admitted to compete for the price money of € 400,000.
The two year old mare Monami with jockey Jozef Bojko was the winner of the Diana Trial 2012 which was also her seasonal debut on the race course. She was registered late, just a few days before the race, after an injury withheld her from an early seasonal start. Despite the unfavorable development of the race in the beginning, she was able to leave her competitors behind on the final straight by a half length.
The ”Preis der Diana” looks back on a long history and is Germany’s equivalent of the Epsom Oaks, a famous race in England. It was initiated 1857 in Berlin-Tempelhof and, this year, takes place in Dusseldorf on 4 August for the 155th time.
The race course Hoppegarten is also a race venue with a long tradition, east of Berlin in Hoppegarten. Every year up to ten races take place which also attract many international racing stables. The “Großer Preis von Berlin” on 21 July 2013 is another high-class race that attracts thousands of visitors since 1888.