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“FIFTH INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE”.

ON

THE 23rd SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE

(THE BIGGEST & GREATEST PIGEON RACE IN THE WORLD!)

(THE RACE WITH THE PROVEN TRACK RECORD)

(THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN THE PIGEON WORLD)

DUE TO BE HELD AT

HERON BANKS GOLF & RIVER ESTATE,

SOUTH AFRICA

ON

SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2019.

 

ANOTHER RACE SEASON STARTS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN SUNSHINE.

 

RESULTS FOR

TRAINING RACE 8, TRAINING RACE 9 & HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4.

 

FANTASTIC RESULTS IN HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4.

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM TEAM WIN 2nd, 6th, 7th, 31st & 48th OPEN AND PLUS MICHAEL BENSON OF TEARDROP LOFTS IS THE RUNNER-UP FOR THE BRAND NEW MOTOR CAR FOR TAKING 2nd OPEN.

 

THE SOUTHERN IRELAND TEAM ALSO TOOK 48th OPEN.

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM TEAM ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING 1st, 3rd, 11th, 25th & 41st POSITIONS IN THE OVERALL AVERAGES AFTER 13 RACES.

 

THE SOUTHERN IRELAND TEAM ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING 18th & 88th POSITION IN THE OVERALL AVERAGES AFTER 13 RACES.

 

THE UNITED KINGDOM TEAM ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING 1st, 20th, 58th, 68th, 70th & 79th POSITIONS IN THE HOT SPOT CAR RACE AVERAGES AFTER

4 RACES.

 

THE SOUTHERN IRELAND TEAM ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING 27th POSITION IN THE HOT SPOT CAR RACE AVERAGES AFTER 4 RACES.

 

THE REMAINING PROPOSED 2018/19 RACE PROGRAMME WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:-

 

Training Race 10 on Tuesday 15th January 2019 from 62km (39 miles), followed by Training Race 11 on Thursday 17th January 2019 from 62km (39 miles). Then HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 will take place on Saturday 19th from 265km (165 miles), followed by Training Race 12 on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 from 62km (39 miles), followed by Training Race 13 on Thursday 24th January 2019 from 62km (39 miles), followed by Training Race 14 on Sunday 27th January 2019 from 62km (39 miles). More short training tosses will take place over the next few days with basketing taking place on Thursday 31st January 2019. Then the FINAL RACE takes place from 521km (324 miles) on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

 

The Race Organisers (Air Sport Internationale) and all the Official Loft Staff in South Africa wish all fanciers/entrants/syndicates and competitors from literally all over the world the best of luck during the forthcoming 2018/19 race series.

 

LIVESTREAM was up and running for TRAINING RACE 8, which took place on Wednesday 9th January 2019 and the 2,557 pigeons were liberated all together at 07.20 from Koppies 62km (39 miles) in fine and clear conditions with a light head wind, with a temperature of 18c (64f) and a good steady race was anticipated. As the day progressed the temperature would rise at midday to 35c (98f) and then 40c (108f) by 14.30. This total was made up by 1,972 International pigeons, which included 142 pigeons from the United Kingdom and 58 pigeons from Southern Ireland, plus 585 pigeons from the host country South Africa. The Hold-Back List showed 91 pigeons and this included 6 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Southern Ireland.

I logged on bright and early to watch the pigeons return to the race loft and it was a beautiful morning in South Africa and all of all of a sudden a big gang of about 80 pigeons approached the loft bang on line at 08.10 swung round the loft and were then immediately joined by another much bigger group, they all landed and then started to trap and as usual it was the first through the traps was the winner. Within a few minutes literally hundreds had returned home and all looked good for excellent race and good returns.

CONGRATULATIONS for winning 1st OPEN goes to ALI BARRAK ALBADHANI from KUWAIT with pigeon named BLUE bred by ALI BARRAK ALBADHANI, which was officially clocked at 08.10.27.44 to record a winning velocity of 1340ypm (1228.74m/m), (20.479m/s) or 45 mph, this same pigeon won the BT01 Training Race the day before, 2nd Guido Barth from Germany, 3rd Piotr Pepel I Leoni 666 from Poland, 4th Dagmar und Edwin Voll from Germany, 5th Helmut & Alfons Klaas from Germany, 6th Storm Lofts from South Africa, 7th Thamer Rashed from Kuwait, 8th Ahmed Mohamed Fahmy from Egypt, 9th Club Western Province Homing Union from South Africa, 10th Team Meteor from Netherlands, 11th Mayer Vom Kreuttal from Austria, 12th Bader Zaben from Kuwait, 13th Loft Einkamerer from South Africa, 14th another for Helmut & Alfons Klaas from Germany, 15th Dutch Quarantine & Vet Services from Netherlands, 16th Van Heerden Kruger Loft from Canada, 17th Rainer+Raiko+Lilly Marien from Germany, 18th Harald Below from Germany, 19th Club MRK from South Africa and 20th Soud Al-Braiky from Kuwait. The top twenty in this result were separated by just 06.79 seconds and had a total of 8 different countries represented and a total of 13 different countries in the top 50, with 50th being 14.88 seconds away from the actual race winner. A total of 500 pigeons were officially clocked by 08.12, then 1,000 by 08.14 and 2,000 by 08.17 and then 2,500 recorded by 09.02 and finally 2,528 by 16.49 and this total included 139 pigeons from the United Kingdom and 58 pigeons from Southern Ireland. This meant that just 27 pigeons were still missing.

GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 8 amounted to US$3,377.90c (approx. £2,702) and had a total of 145 pigeons entered which included 1 from the United Kingdom and 2 from Southern Ireland and there were a total of 426 Nominations. There were no United Kingdom or Southern Ireland winners.

 WELL DONE TO ALL THE WINNERS.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 23rd OPEN went to the ZANDYS DREAM TEAM with pigeon named ZANDYS PROMISE which was bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, which was officially clocked at 08.10.37.17, just 09.73 seconds after the actual race winner. Taking 2nd UK, 25th Open Millys Loft with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 3rd UK, 32nd Open Foster Sons & Daughter with pigeon bred by Miles Foster & Sons from Liss, 4th UK, 51st Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a second pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, this pigeon took 1st UK, 2nd Open in BT01 the day before, 5th UK, 57th Open Hilamb Syndicate with pigeon bred by Ken Ambler from Oxenhope, 6th UK, 61st Open Team Islwyn with pigeon bred by Robert Jones from Part Talbot, 7th UK, 71st Open TadT with pigeon bred by Crossley & Truszkowski from Melton Mowbray, 8th UK, 74th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a third pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 9th UK, 81st Open another for Foster Sons & Daughter with a second pigeon bred by Miles Fosters & Sons from Liss, 10th UK, 103rd Open another for Foster Sons & Daughter with a third pigeon bred by Miles Foster Sons & Daughter from Liss, a great race with all his 3 pigeons in the top 103 in the Open, 11th UK, 112th Open Merry Christmas Syndicate entered by Phil Bond from Torquay and with pigeon bred by Craig Miller, 12th UK, 121st Open Team Lincs with pigeon bred by Paul & Tracey Stacey from Sleaford, 13th UK, 170th Open Paul Smith Syndicate with pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 14th UK, 182nd Open Nigel Templar with pigeon bred by Nigel Templar from Bristol, 15th UK, 189th Open another for Paul Smith Syndicate with a second pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 16th UK, 202nd Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a third pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 17th UK, 208th Open another for Hilamb Syndicate with a second pigeon bred by Ken Ambler from Oxenhope, 18th UK, 240th Open Obelisk Syndicate entered by Clive Barrett from Taunton with pigeon bred by Derek Nicholls from Barry, 19th UK, 262nd Open Chris Turner with pigeon bred by Chris Turner & Debbie Neale from Coventry, this pigeon is currently holding 1st UK, 1st OPEN in The Overall Averages and then 20th UK, 278th Open Team Ettrick with pigeon bred by Bobby Dalziel  from Selkirk, this pigeon is currently holding 3rd UK, 12th OPEN in The Overall Averages. A total of 50 pigeons being officially clocked by 08.13, then 100 by 08.17 and then 139 by 09.20 leaving just 3 pigeons to return to the race loft.

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 8. There were no entries.

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of 73 pigeons entered and after 11 races holding 1st CHRIS TURNER with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY with a combined flying time of 15.26.09.85 holding onto same position as the previous race, 2nd BERKSHIRE BOYS with pigeon named JAMIES GIRL with a combined flying time of 16.28.38.43 holding onto the same position as the previous race and 3rd MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named CATCH ME IF YOU CAN bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 16.42.36.08 holding onto same position place as the previous race.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WINNERS.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 80th OPEN went to JOS REILLY – TEAM IRELAND with pigeon named ROCO, bred by JOS REILLY which was officially clocked at 08.10.47.21, just 19.87 seconds after the actual race winner. Taking 2nd Ireland, 210th Open Gerry McCourt with pigeon bred by Gerry McCourt, this pigeon won 1st Southern Ireland, 3rd Open the day before in BT01,

3rd Ireland, 249th Open Andy Quirke with pigeon bred by Andy Quirke, 4th Ireland, 299th Open Taximush with pigeon bred by Garret Hensey, 5th Ireland, 166th Open another for Taximush with a second pigeon bred by Garret Hensey and then 6th Ireland, 317th Open Maurice O’Donnell with pigeon bred by Maurice O’Donnell. A total of 50 pigeons being officially clocked by 08.19, then 58 by 09.25, leaving no pigeons to return to the race loft.

 

SOUTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS in TRAINING RACE 8. There were no entries.

SOUTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of just 8 pigeons entered and after 11 races holding 1st PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named FLORANCE bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 17.19.34.13 holding onto the same position as the previous race, 2nd PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named RHYS and bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 18.56.09.74 holding onto the same position as the previous race and the 3rd PAT MAHER with pigeon named MIGHTY MOUSE bred by PAT MAHER with a combined flying time of 23.48.00.96 holding onto the same position as the previous race.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WINNERS.

 

THE OVERALL AVERAGES are now up and running and after 11 races stands as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to CHRIS TURNER from UNITED KINGDOM with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE  NEALE from COVENTRY, with a combined flying time of 15.26.09.85 holding onto the same place from the last race. Then 2nd OPEN goes to DARLING & EDE from UNITED KINGDOM with pigeon named SOUTHAMPTON ELLOUISE bred by DARLING & EDE from SOUTHAMPTON with a combined flying time of 15.27.55.82 holding onto the same position as the previous race. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 1st OPEN is mentioned above. 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 30th OPEN goes to MORAN & BOWDEN with pigeon named BIG ROBERTO bred by ANDY MORAN with a combined flying time of 15.53.000.40 holding onto the same position as the previous race.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE FANCIERS.

 

LIVESTREAM was up and running for TRAINING RACE 9, which took place on

Friday 27th January 2019 and the 2,664 pigeons were liberated all together at

06.15 from Koppies 62km (39 miles) in fine and cool conditions with a light head wind, with a temperature of 18c (64f) and a good steady race was anticipated. By 09.00 the temperature was already 30c (88f) and once again as the day progressed the temperature would rise to 33c (94f) by 10.30 and with some rain. This total was made up of 2,061 International pigeons, which included 152 pigeons from the United Kingdom and 61 pigeons from Southern Ireland, plus 603 from the host country South Africa. The Hold-Back list only showed 7 pigeons and this included no pigeons from the United Kingdom and none from Southern Ireland.

 

Once again I was up bright and early to watch the pigeons return to the race loft and it was another beautiful morning in South Africa and an ideal racing day then all of a sudden bang on line a gang of about 150 pigeons approached the race loft bang on line, swung round a couple of times and then they hit the trapping area and within a few minutes literally hundreds of pigeons had been officially recorded.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st OPEN goes to HENRIK MELDGAARD from DENMARK with pigeon named YOUNG BULLET bred by HENRIK MELDGAARD, which was officially clocked at 07.00.03.91 to record a winning velocity of 1525ypm (1375.8m/m), (22.93m/s) or 52mph. Taking 2nd Wolfram Coesfeld from Germany, 3rd Loft Al-Baker from Kuwait, 4th Filipi Team from Czech Republic,

5th Eabad Wasmi from Kuwait, 6th Grande Loft from United States Of America,

7th Golden Thread from South Africa, 8th Mrkz Bayan from Kuwait, 9th Guido Barth from Germany, 10th Ganus Family from United States Of America, 11th Dagmar und Edwin Voll from Germany, 12th Ignacio Dorronsoro from United States Of America, 13th Bill Tadlock – Kenny Rhodes from United States Of America, 14th Frank Brieskorn from Germany, 15th Hooymans Pigeons from Netherlands, 16th Jaco Buckle MDTC from South Africa, 17th Ahmad Alkadhemi from Kuwait, 18th B v G Racing Team from Germany, 19th Loft Al-Baker from Kuwait and 20th Loft Einkamerer from South Africa. The top twenty in this result were separated by just 20.99 seconds and had a total of 7 different countries represented and a total of 14 different countries represented in the top 50, with 50th being 52.29 seconds away from the actual race winner. A total of 1,000 pigeons were officially clocked up to 07.05, then 2,000 by 07.13, then 2,500 by 08.15 and then finally 2,598 by 18.11. This left only 66 to return to the race loft.

 

GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 9 amounted to US$2,846.65c (approx. £3,277) and had a total of 119 pigeons entered which included 2 from the United Kingdom and none from Southern Ireland and there were 342 Nominations. There was no United Kingdom or Southern Ireland winners.

WELL DONE TO ALL THE WINNERS.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 28th OPEN went to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM with pigeon named ZANDYS TREASURE which was bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, which was officially clocked at 07.00.30.50 just 26.41 seconds after the actual race winner. This pigeon has been flying exceptionally well and has so far had 2 x 1sts, 2 x 4ths & 5th UK, also 2nd, 28th, 50th, 51st, 55th & 104th OPEN, plus 1st UK Country Challenge in HSCR1 and 1st UK, 9th OPEN 2-Bird Average in HSCR1. Taking 2nd UK, 48th Open Foster Sons & Daughter with pigeon bred by Miles Foster & Sons from Liss, 3rd UK, 72nd Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a second pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 4th UK, 89th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a third pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 5th UK, 96th Open Planet Brothers with pigeon bred by Gary & John Squibb from Romford, 6th UK, 107th Open Dyserth + Backpath Lofts with pigeon bred by Mark Williams from Prestatyn, 7th UK, 121st Open Team Lincs with pigeon bred by Paul & Tracey Stacey from Sleaford, 8th UK, 170th Open another for Team Lincs with a second pigeon bred by Paul & Tracey Stacey from Sleaford, 9th UK, 196th Open Guys Lofts with pigeon bred by Tony Guy from Wolverhampton, 10th UK, 222nd Open Millys Loft with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 11th UK, 273rd Open Mr & Mrs Andy Mabin with pigeon bred by this partnership from Totnes, 12th UK, 282nd Open Team Ettrick with pigeon bred by Bobby Dalziel from Selkirk, 13th UK, 355th Open another for Mr & Mrs Andy Mabin with a second pigeon bred by this partnership from Totnes, 14th UK, 356th Open Obelisk Syndicate with pigeon bred by this Derek Nicholls from Barry and entered by Clive Barrett from Taunton, 15th UK, 367th Open another for Obelisk Syndicate with a second pigeon bred by Derek Nicholls from Barry and entered by Clive Barrett from Taunton, 16th UK, 376th Open Paul Smith Syndicate with pigeon bred by Kevin Hibbert from Rotherham, 17th UK, 380th Open Scotlands Own Syndicate with pigeon bred by Sean Trodden and entered by Barry Kinnear from Edinburgh, 18th UK, 386th Open Team Islwyn with pigeon bred by Robert Jones from Port Talbot, 19th UK, 391st Open Berkshire Boys and 20th UK, 395th Open another for Paul Smith Syndicate with a pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet. A total of 50 United Kingdom pigeons were officially clocked by 07.05, then 100 by 07.11 and then 144 by 08.15, then 146 by 11.24 and finally 148 by 18.11, leaving just 4 to return to the race loft.

 

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 9. There were no entries.

 

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of 73 pigeons entered and after 12 races holding 1st CHRIS TURNER with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY with a combined flying time of 16.15.07.31 holding onto same position as the previous race, 2nd BERKSHIRE BOYS with pigeon named JAMIES GIRL with a combined flying time of 17.18.25.92 holding onto the same position as the previous race and 3rd MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named CATCH ME IF YOU CAN bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 17.29.42.86 holding the same position as the previous race.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WINNERS.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 21st OPEN went to GERRY McCOURT with pigeon named ADAMS CHOICE bred by GERRY McCOURT, which was officially clocked at 07.00.25.33 just 21.42 seconds behind the actual race winner. This is the third race running this pigeon has been well placed. Taking 2nd Ireland, 83rd Open PJ & Donal with pigeon bred by Donal Begley, 3rd Ireland, 110th Open Andy Quirke with pigeon bred by Andy Quirke, 4th Ireland, 132nd Open Jackpot Lofts with pigeon bred by Karl Donnelly, 5th Ireland, 166th Open Kallmeyer & Partners with pigeon bred by HDA Kallmeyer and 6th Ireland, 174th Open H+C Thorpe - McMorrow with pigeon bred by this partnership. A total of 50 Southern Ireland pigeons were officially clocked by 07.13, then 57 by 09.34

and finally 57 by 18.11, leaving just 4 to return to the race loft.

 

SOUTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 9 had no pigeons entered.

 

SOUTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of just 8 pigeons entered and after 12 races holding 1st PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named FLORANCE bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 18.10.33.88 holding onto the same position as the previous race, 2nd PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named RHYS and bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 19.45.05.84 holding onto the same position as the previous race and the 3rd PAT MAHER with pigeon named MIGHTY MOUSE bred by PAT MAHER with a combined flying time of 24.43.00.56 holding onto the same position as the previous race.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WINNERS.

 

THE OVERALL AVERAGES are now up and running and after 12 races stands as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to CHRIS TURNER from UNITED KINGDOM with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY, with a combined flying time of 16.15.07.31 holding same place from the last race. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 1st OPEN goes to CHRIS TURNER with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY, with a combine flying time of 16.15.07.31 holding same place from the last race. 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 27th OPEN goes to MORAN & BOWDEN with pigeon named BIG ROBERTO bred by ANDY MORAN with a combined flying time of 16.42.11.06 up 3 places from the last race.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE FANCIERS.

 

LIVESTREAM was up and running for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4, which took place on

Saturday 12th January 2019 and the 2,589 pigeons were liberated all together nice and early at 06.00 from WINBURG 212km (132 miles) in fine and clear conditions with a light tail wind, with a temperature of 19c (66f) and a fairly fast race was anticipated. By 11.00 it was up to 35c (98f0 and then by 14.00 it was up to 38c (104f). This total was made up of 1,988 International pigeons, which included 147 pigeons from the United Kingdom and 57 pigeons from Southern Ireland, plus 601 pigeons from the host country South Africa.

 

Once again I was up bright and early to watch the pigeons return to the race loft and it was another beautiful morning in South Africa and an ideal racing day and I predicted the winners would clock about 08.34 then all of a sudden at 08.25 a small group of 6 pigeons approached the race loft bang on line, swung round a couple of times and then they hit the trapping area and within 13 minutes the first 50 pigeons had been officially recorded. In fact, the race was faster than anticipated because even the Loft Boys were not out in their positions in the area in front of the race loft. This turned out to be a great race with very few losses and just what the pigeons needed before they go to Hot Spot Car Race 5 in just one week’s time.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st OPEN goes to HERMANN NIESING from GERMANY with pigeon named DINKELBOTE 12 bred by HERMANN NIESING, which was officially clocked at 08.25.34.18 to record a winning velocity of 1600ypm (1456.32m/m), (24.272m/s) or 50mph. Taking 2nd Teardrop Lofts from United Kingdom, 3rd Club Crusaders from South Africa, 4th Da Shi from United States Of America, 5th Belgium Loft from South Africa, 6th National Express from United Kingdom, 7th Planet Brothers from United Kingdom, 8th H+S+J Goebel from Germany, 9th Team Rien van Oss en zn from Netherlands, 10th Samual Lofts from South Africa, 11th Club Kosmos Pigeon Racing Club from South Africa, 12th another for Samual Lofts from South Africa, 13th TNT Lofts from South Africa,

14th Ace Out from South Africa, 15th Aclo Racing from South Africa, 16th SG Rost B+J+S from Germany, 17th Karel Klemens from Czech Republic, 18th another for Da Shi from United States Of America, 19th Abdullah Buhemeed from Kuwait and 20th Team Florea Sorin from Romania. The top twenty in this result were separated by 9 minutes 58.52 seconds and had a total of 8 different countries represented and a total of 14 different countries represented in the top 50, with 50th being 12 minutes 47.35 seconds away from the actual race winner. A total of 500 pigeons were officially clocked up to 08.45, 1,000 by 08.50, then 2,000 by 09.09, then 2,375 by 13.29 and then 2,409 by 17.30 and finally 2,416 by 19,07, this total included 136 United Kingdom pigeons and all the 57 pigeons from Southern Ireland, leaving 173 pigeons to return to the race loft. The Benzing Electronic Clocking System was left on few more were clocked on Sunday bringing and the first one clocked was at 04.24 and when the system was switched off the total was up to 2,479 officially clocked, this total included 139 United Kingdom pigeons and all 57 Southern Ireland pigeons. This result showed that 110 pigeons were still missing.

 

THE NEW MOTOR CAR WINNER FOR HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 was won by the 1st OPEN winner HERMANN NIESING from GERMANY with pigeon named DINKELBOTE 12 bred by HERMANN NIESING. CONGRATULATIONS on winning the fourth New Motor Car of the 2018/19 race series and what a smashing early New Year Present.

 

THE 19 x US$1,100 CASH PRIZES IN HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 were won as follows:- By the pigeons that took 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th. All these were ACTIVATED and won the US$1,100 Cash Prizes. This meant that 6 pigeons in the top 20 were NOT-ACTVATED, so those gave their winnings away to pigeons lower down in the race result which went right down to 28th position. Once again showing that you should ACTIVATE your pigeon/s before HSCR1.

WELL DONE TO ALL THE WINNERS.

 

2-BIRD AVERAGE WINNER & US$2,000 (£1,600) was 1st HERMANN NIESING (TEAM 1) from GERMANY with their pigeons named DINKELBOTE 12 and JENS 12 both bred by HERMANN NEISING with a combined velocity of 46.201m/s. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 2nd OPEN was TEARDROP LOFTS (TEAM 1) with pigeons named POPPY and PEANUT both bred by MICHAEL BENSON from MANCHESTER with a combined velocity of 45.975m/s. 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 154th OPEN was H+C THORPE - McMORROW (TEAM 2) with pigeons named ALEX 2 and DARCIE both bred by this pasrtnership with a combined velocity of 41.850. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WINNERS.

 

3-BIRD AVERAGE WINNER & US$3,000 (£2,400) was 1st TNT LOFTS (TEAM 2) with pigeons named JANNIES DREAM, CROIX DE GUERRE and SCOTCH LASS all bred by TJ BARNARD with a combined velocity of 65.712m/s. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 33rd OPEN was BERKSHIRE BOYS (TEAM 3) with pigeons named JAMIES BOY, JAMIES GIRL and CHARLIES GIRL with a combined velocity of 62.963m/s.

1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 75th OPEN was JACKPOT LOFTS (TEAM 4) with pigeons named AMAZING, IT MIGHT BE ME and ROUTE 66 all bred by KARL DONNELLY with a combined velocity of 56.999m/s.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WINNERS.

 

THE HOT SPOT CAR RACE OVERALL AVERAGES has a US$5,000 (£4,000) Cash Prize for the best pigeon after the 5 x Hot Spot Car Races. After 4 races the positions are as follows:- 1st CHRIS TURNER from UNITED KINGDOM with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY with a combined flying time of 10.09.22.57 up 3 places from HSCR3. Holding 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 1st OPEN is mentioned above. Holding 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 27th OPEN TAXIMUSH with pigeon named TAXI MUSH KOP bred by GARRET HENSEY with a combined flying time of 10.29.10.42 holding onto the same place from HSCR3.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WINNERS.

 

GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 amounted to US$19,363.85c (approx. £15,492) and had a total of 365 pigeons entered which included 15 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Southern Ireland and there were 1,373 Nominations. There were two United Kingdom and no Southern Ireland winners. The winners were as follows:- 7th Open PLANET BROTHERS with their pigeon named SKYLEADER bred by GARY & JOHN SQUIBB from ROMFORD which won US$306 (£245) for its efforts, then 48th OPEN CHRIS TURNER with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY which was an all pooler and won US$6,596 (£5,277) for its efforts.

WELL DONE TO ALL THE WINNERS.

 

THE KNOCKOUT COMPETITION offers a US$25,000 (£20,000) First Prize and only fully paid up pigeon before basketing of Hot Spot Car Race 1 are eligible to compete for this great cash prize. This fantastic competition offers the following conditions and one lucky winner will walk away with “THE POT OF GOLD” after the Final Race. These rules are as follows:- This competition will take place over the last four Hot Spot Car Races and the Final Race, if however any Hot Spot Car Race are cancelled the race committee can use a Training Race to replace any Hot Spot Car Race. As usual this competition is very well supported and this year was no exception as there was a total of 2,208 pigeons entered, which was made up of 1,839 International pigeons, which included 156 from the United Kingdom and 43 from Ireland, plus 369 pigeons from South Africa. KNOCKOUT ROUND 1 took place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 2 on Friday 28th December 2018 and 1,436 (65%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round and this total contained 96 pigeons from the United Kingdom and 27 pigeons from Southern Ireland. KNOCKOUT ROUND 2 took place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 3 on Sunday 6th January 2019 and 790 (55%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round and this total contained 54 pigeons from the United Kingdom and 16 pigeons from Southern Ireland. KNOCKOUT ROUND 3 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 on Saturday 12th January 2019 and 277 (35%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round and this total contained 16 from the United Kingdom and 3 pigeons from Southern Ireland. KNOCKOUT ROUND 4 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 on Saturday 19th January 2019 and 56 (20%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. Then KNOCKOUT ROUND 5 will take place on THE FINAL RACE on SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2019 and just 56 top class pigeons will be competing and the first pigeon clocked of these remaining 56 KNOCKOUT PIGEONS will walk away this coveted First Prize of US$25,000 (£20,000). THIS REALLY IS A GREAT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION THAT CREATES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INTEREST AND EXCITEMENT THROUGHOUT THE RACE SERIES.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE PIGEONS IN THE NEXT ROUND.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 2nd OPEN went to TEARDROP LOFTS with pigeon named POPPY which was bred by MICHAEL BENSON from MANCHESTER, which was officially clocked at 08.25.43.40 just 09.22 seconds after the actual race winner and just missing out on winning the Brand New Motor Car. Taking 2nd UK, 6th Open National Express with pigeon bred by K Legg from Paulsgrove, this was their Free Entry for this fancier winning the NFC Averages, 3rd UK, 7th Open Planet Brothers with pigeon bred by Gary & John Squibb from Romford, 4th UK, 31st Open Team Islwyn with pigeon bred by Robert Jones from Port Talbot, 5th UK, 48th Open Chris Turner with pigeon bred by Chris Turner & Debbie Neale from Coventry, this outstanding pigeon is currently holding onto 1st UK, 1st OPEN in THE OVERALL AVERAGES, 1st UK, 1st OPEN in THE HOT SPOT AVERAGES, 1st UK COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES, plus it won US$6,596 (£5,277) Pools in HSCH4 and 1st UK COUNTRY CHALLENGE US$125 £100) PRIZE MONEY. It has won 260th, 768th, 259th, 1302nd, 244th,326th, 385th, 29th, 395th, 97th, 989th, 262nd, 678th & 48th OPEN in all the races so far. Hope it keeps on its winning ways. 6th UK, 85th Open Paul Smith Syndicate with pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 7th UK, 106th Open W Gray & Son with pigeon bred by Willy & Ian Gray from Coldstream, 8th UK, 181st Open another for Planet Brothers with a second pigeon bred by Gary & John Squibb from Romford, 9th UK, 186th Open Dyserth + Backpath Lofts with pigeon bred by Mark Williams from Prestatyn 10th UK, 227th Open Antonio Syndicate with pigeon bred by Richard Newton from Doncaster, 11th UK, 248th Open another for Teardrop Lofts with a second pigeon bred by Michael Benson from Manchester, 12th UK, 300th Open another for Team Islwyn with a second pigeon bred by Robert Jones from Port Talbot, 13th UK, 301st Open Berkshire Boys, 14th UK, 311th Open Darling & Ede with pigeon bred by this partnership from Southampton, 15th UK, 315th Open Obelisk Syndicate with pigeon bred by Derek Nicholls from Barry and entered by Clive Barrett from Taunton, 16th UK, 346th Open Millys Loft with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 17th UK, 348th Open another for Paul Smith Syndicate with pigeon bred by Kevin Hibbert from Rotherham, 18th UK, 277th Open Bet-Right Lofts with pigeon bred by Jerry Wright from Lutterworth, 19th UK, 364th Open Mike Chadwick with pigeon bred by Mike Chadwick from Dronfield and 20th UK, 365th Open another for Millys Loft with a second pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe. A total of 50 United Kingdom pigeons were officially clocked by 08.49, then 100 by 09.03 and then 133 by 16.00 and 136 by 18,48. By nightfall on Sunday another 3 UK pigeons had returned, making the total up to 139, leaving 8 still to return to the race loft.

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4. There were no pigeons entered.

 

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of 73 pigeons entered and has 3 cash prizes and these were won as follows:- 1st US$125 (£100) CHRIS TURNER with pigeon named PEBBLES bred CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY with a combined flying velocity of 22.314m/s, 2nd US$75 (£60) PAUL SMITH SYNDICATE with pigeon named STANSTED JEWEL bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with a combined flying velocity of 22.186m/s and 3rd US$50 (£40) BERKSHIRE BOYS with pigeon named JAMIES BOY with a combined flying velocity of 21.636m/s.

WELL DONE TO ALL THESE WINNERS.

 

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of 73 pigeons entered and after 13 races holding 1st CHRIS TURNER with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY with a combined flying time of 18.53.28.14 holding onto same position as previous race,

2nd BERKSHIRE BOYS with pigeon named JAMIES GIRL with a combined flying time of 20.05.27.32 holding onto the same position as the previous race and 3rd MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named CATCH ME IF YOU CAN bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 20.13.20.02 holding onto the same position as the previous race. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 58th OPEN went to MORAN & BOWDEN with pigeon named BIG ROBERTO bred by ANDY MORAN, which was officially clocked at 08.38.31.82, just 12 minutes 57.64 seconds behind the actual race winner, this pigeon is currently 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 18th OPEN in The Overall Averages. Taking 2nd Ireland, 139th Open H+C Thorpe – Mc Morrow with pigeon bred by this partnership, 3rd Ireland, 194th Open Kallmeyer & Partners with pigeon bred by HDA Kallmeyer, 4th Ireland, 247th Open Jos Reilly – Team Ireland with pigeon bred by Jos Reilly, 5th Ireland, 274th Open Jackpot Lofts with pigeon bred by Karl Donnelly and 6th Ireland, 293rd Open Andy Quirke bred by Andy Quirke. A total of 50 Southern Ireland pigeons were officially clocked by 09.37, then all 57 pigeons by 14.46.

 

SOUTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4. There were no entries.

 

SOUTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of just 8 pigeons entered and the winners were as follows:- 1st and US$125 (£100) PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named FLORANCE bred by this partnership with a combined flying velocity of 21.44m/s, 2nd and US$75 (£60) GERRY McCOURT with pigeon named ADAMS CHOICE bred by GERRY McCOURT with a combined flying velocity of 20.929m/s and then 3rd and US$50 (£40) PAT MAHER with a pigeon named MIGHTY MOUSE bred by PAT MAHER with a combined flying velocity of 20.883m/s.

WELL DONE TO THE WINNERS.

 

SOUTHERN IRELAND COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES has a total of just 8 pigeons entered and after 13 races holding 1st PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named FLORANCE bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 20.55.22.03 holding onto the same position as the previous race, 2nd PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named RHYS and bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 22.47.54.81 holding onto the same position as the previous race and the 3rd PAT MAHER with pigeon named MIGHTY MOUSE bred by PAT MAHER with a combined flying time of 27.32.12.19 holding onto the same position as the previous race.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WINNERS.

 

THE OVERALL AVERAGES are now up and running and after 13 races stands as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to CHRIS TURNER from UNITED KINGDOM with pigeon named PEBBLES bred by CHRIS TURNER & DEBBIE NEALE from COVENTRY, with a combined flying time of 18.53.28.14 holding onto the same position from as the previous race. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 1st OPEN goes to CHRIS TURNER with pigeon named PEBBLES all details mentioned above as this pigeon is currently winning this category. 1st SOUTHERN IRELAND, 18th OPEN goes to MORAN & BOWDEN with pigeon named BIG ROBERTO bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 19.20.42.89 up 9 places from the previous race.

 CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE FANCIERS.

 

We now move on to TRAINING RACE 10, TRAINING RACE 11 and HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 all to be held on the 15th, 17th and 19th January 2019.

 

Numerous “Loft Reports”, “Updates”, “Photographs” and “Videos” have been placed on the informative SAMDPR website for all to see and these are all available now on the dedicated website www.samdpr.com

 

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU AND THANKS AGAIN TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT, I CAN ASSURE YOU IT REALLY IS GREATLY APPRECIATED BY ME AND OF COURSE THE RACE ORGANISERS.

 

Although the race is now named THE SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE, the total to be paid out in cash and prizes in the 2018/19 race series exceeds US$2.2 Million American Dollars or approximately £1.76 Million Pounds Sterling. No other one-loft race in the world today can boast of such massive pay outs and this race is now in its twenty second year and has for the last twenty-one years paid out all of its projected prize money, that is why its reputation of this great race has increased, plus it has already paid out in the last twenty one races, prize money in excess of US$38 Million American Dollars (£26 Million Pounds Sterling), which is a remarkable achievement in itself in one loft racing and one that the race organisers are very proud of. It should also be mentioned that the Prize Money and Awards in THE 23rd SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE will be the same as paid out for THE 22nd SAMDPR.

 

As mentioned earlier only races of 50km (approx. 31 miles) will count towards The 23rd South African Million Dollar Overall ACE PIGEON Averages, which has a total of three superb cash prizes of US$10,000 (approx. £7,692), US$5,000 (approx. £3,846) and US$2,500 (approx. £1,923) for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in this category after The Final Race has been completed.

NOMINATION RACES will be held and officially start on TRAINING RACE 1, plus the HOT SPOT CAR RACES 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and of course the FINAL RACE. See SAMDPR Web Site for full details. All these races will have US$1, US$2, US$5, US$10, US$20, US$50 & US$100 COUNTRY/REGIONAL and US$1, US$2, US$5, US$10, US$20, US$50 & US$100 GLOBAL NOMINATIONS which can be placed on THE SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR Web Site. If you wish to enter any of these NOMINATIONS, you will have to have credit in your ASI Master Account. If you do not have any credit in your own personal Air Sport Account then please forward funds to your Country Race Co-ordinator/Shipper so that this can then be transferred to your Master Account in time to get your NOMINATIONS placed. Please do not leave it to the last minute to transfer funds as the transfer may not go through in time and this could result in your pigeon or pigeons not winning what they should be rewarded with.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL CONCERNED AND REGULAR “INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASES”, “NEWSLETTERS” AND “UPDATES” WILL BE SENT OUT TO ALL COMPETITORS/ENTRANTS AND SYNDICATE SHAREHOLDERS ON A WEEKLY BASIS BY EMAIL OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. ALSO WEEKLY “PRESS RELEASES” WILL BE SENT OUT TO BOTH OUR TWO PIGEON PUBLICATIONS NAMELY THE “BRITISH HOMING WORLD” AND “”THE RACING PIGEON” PLUS IT WILL ALSO BE ON MY REGENCY LOFTS WEB SITE www.regencylofts.com FOR ALL TO VIEW.

***WHAT CAN BE WON DURING THIS 2018/19 RACE SERIES*** Prizes and awards now add up to a staggering US$2.2 Million American Dollars £1.70 Million Pounds Sterling) and these include 5 x Brand New Motor Cars valued at US$16,000 (£12,308), 1 for the First Activated Pigeon in each of the 5 x Car Races, also plus 95 x US$1,100 (£846) Hot Spot Cash Prizes (it should be noted that the Motor Car Winner does not receive a US$1,100 Cash Prize), these 95 x US$1,100 Cash Prizes are split into 19 x US$1,100 (£846) Cash Prizes for each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, a US$5,000 (£3,846) Car Race Hot Spot Ace Pigeon Award for the best pigeon in these 5 races, A Two-Bird Average Competition and a US$2,000 (£1,538) Cash Prize in each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots & The Final Race, A Three-Bird Average Competition and a US$3,000 (£2,308) Cash Prize in each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots & The Final Race, The South African Million Dollar Ace Pigeon Award carries US$17,500 in Prize Money, split into three cash prizes with 1st US$10,000 (£7,692), 2nd US$5,000 (£3,846) and 3rd US$2,500 (£1,923) Cash Prizes for the 3 pigeons with the best overall average in all the Official Training Races over 50km (31 miles) and 5 x Car Race Hot Spots and the Final Race. There will also be an overall Knockout Winner Competition and US$25,000 (£19,231) Prize Money, which starts on the Car Race Hot Spot 2 and the winner is the first one to be clocked in the “FINAL RACE” (over the past few years there has been around 40/60 pigeons still left in this competition). There will also be 3 x Country Cash Prizes of US$125 (£96), US$75 (£58) and US$50 (£39) in each of the first 4 x Car Race Hot Spots (1 to 4). In the 5th Car Race Hot Spot US$70 (£54) from every entry will be added to the starting Prize Money of US$250 (£192) for the Country Challenge. All the Prize Money will be paid out to the first three Country Challenge entered pigeons in a ratio of 50%, 30% & 20%. The SAMDPR website will have an up to the date listing of which pigeons are entered and how much Prize Money will be flown for, plus and an ACE Pigeon Country Challenge which will be won on the FINAL RACE. There is an Entry Fee of US$120 (£98) per pigeon to enter these Country Challenge Competitions and this has to be paid for before the basketing for the 3rd Hot Spot Car Race. The COUNTRY CHALLENGE ACE PIGEON, all countries participating will be given a US$200 (£160) starting Prize Money and US$40 (£32) from each Country Challenge entry fee goes to the “WINNER TAKES ALL” cash prize, which will be awarded to the first Country Challenge pigeon which is clocked in THE SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON FINAL RACE. The pigeon that wins this award will be named the COUNTRY CHALLENGE ACE PIGEON. It should also be mentioned that during the 2016/17 race series the UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE paid out £14,777 in PRIZE MONEY. Then in the “FINAL RACE” on the 2nd February 2019 there are also 10 magnificent gold pendants to be won worth well over US$1,000 (£770) each and now over US$1.02 Million American Dollars in Prize Money (£1.70 Million Pounds) and 300 cash prizes being on offer.

THE ZANDY MEYER MEMORIAL RACE & US$1,000 (approx. £770) NOMINATION will also take place on the “FINAL RACE” and the winning will be A BRAND NEW MERCEDES BENZ SLK 555 MOTOR CAR, worth a staggering US$85,000 (approx. £65,400). (ONLY “ACTIVATED” PIGEONS ARE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE FOR ANY OF THESE SPECIAL CASH PRIZES OR AWARDS). This new competition was very well supported in its first year and had over 160 entries and was so successful that it also paid out a staggering 2nd prize of US$54,000 cash. Do not miss this fantastic opportunity to win a fabulous new car. The 19th SAMDPR attracted about 140 entries and two staggering prizes were once again won by two worthy winners. The 20th SAMDPR attracted over 100 entries and the US$85,000 (£68,000) was won by Lloyd & Kelly from the UK, who actually won 37th OPEN in the FINAL RACE. It was the first Activated pigeons and walked away with the top award. In The 21st SAMDPR Michael Mellor from Crewe was the runner-up for this prestigious award, with over 100 entries, which once again just goes to show that the UK pigeons will hold their own against the best pigeons in the world. In The 22nd SAMDPR, Karl Donnelly from Ireland won this fantastic prize, when his pigeon won 5th OPEN.

PRIZE MONEY ALLOCATED TO THE 23rd SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR FINAL RACE, WILL NOW BE AS FOLLOWS:- 1st US$200,000 (approx. £154,000), 2nd US$125,000 (approx. £96,000), 3rd US$75,000 (approx. £58,000), 4th US$50,000 (approx. £39,000), 5th US$35,000 (approx. £27,000), 6th US$20,000 (£15,000), 7th US$17,500 (£13,500), 8th US$15,000 (£11,500), 9th US$12,500 (£9,600), 10th US$10,000 (approx. £7,700), 11th/15th US$7,000 each (approx. £5,385), 16th/20th US$5,000 each (approx. £3,846), 21st/30th US$3,500 each (approx. £2,692), 31st/40th US$3,000 each (approx. £2,307), 41st/50th US$2,500 each (approx. £1,923), 51st/70th US$2,000 each (£1,538), 71st/100th US$1,750 each (£1,346), 101st/150th US$1,500 each (£1,154), 151st/200th US$1,100 each (£846) and then 201st/250th US$1,000 each (£770), 251st/300th US$500 each (£385). (Subject to terms and conditions of entry). The actual cash prizes stated above represent exchange rates (1.30) at the current time and may of course change at the time of each race depending what the currency exchange rate is on the actual race day. A total of US$1,002,500 Million American Dollars (£772,000 Pounds Sterling) Prize Money will be paid out in this FINAL RACE.

Something else worth mentioning that seven brand new motor cars have been won by fanciers representing the United Kingdom Team in the last seven years, Richard Elliott/Robbie Prettejohn and Chris Gordon both won new motor cars during the 2005/6 race series and Paul & Dave McCarthy won one a new motor car during the 2006/7 series. During the 2011/12 race series fanciers from the UK won a staggering 3 x brand new motor cars and these were won by Nev & Angi Evans & Steve Cuthbert, Robert & Peter Montila and then Phil Bond. Alistair Hogg also won a brand new motor car during the 2017/18 race series. This in itself was an outstanding team performance. No other country has ever won three cars on the trot. Also an Irish fancier named John Nash also won a brand new motor car in the 2008/9 race series. I am very hopeful that somebody from the United Kingdom or Ireland will also win one or maybe more brand new motor cars during the 2018/19 race series.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL COMPETITORS.

 

I would also just like to notify fanciers that my weekly “INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE”, “NEWSLETTERS” and “UPDATES” can now also be seen on the following pigeon web sites:- www.regencylofts.com    www.iprr.co.uk    www.elimarpigeons.com   www.pigeonportal.com   www.pigeonglobe.co.uk   www.cyberpigeon.co.uk   www.pigeonbasics.com     www.starpigeons.com    www.pigeonpixels.co.uk   www.theloftreport.com    www.oneloftracing.com www.ukpigeonracing.co.uk   www.AvianExportServices.com   www.pigeonnetwork.com plus of course they will also be published in the “BRITISH HOMING WORLD” and “THE RACING PIGEON” weeklies and many other international world pigeon publications for all to see, read and enjoy.

The race date for THE 24th SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE has already been provisionally agreed and confirmed by the race organisers as SATURDAY 1st FEBRUARY 2020. (However, this date is still awaiting final confirmation).

If you are interested in participating, helping us or acting a Country Race Team Co-ordinator/Shipper, then please telephone me as soon as possible on 01279-812005 or my mobile 07860-568216 or SMS or email on reglofts@aol.com and I will give you all the information you require. My two proposed shipping dates for THE 24th SAMDPR will take about the middle of MAY 2019 and then the second one should be around the middle of JUNE 2019. Of course these two dates will be confirmed nearer the time. I strongly recommend that you try to ship your race entries on the 1st shipping date as this then gives these pigeons much more time to settle into the race loft.

If you have any questions about any aspect of THE SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE, then please contact me as soon as possible on 01279-812005 or my mobile 07860-568216 or by SMS or email at reglofts@aol.com and I will do my best to answer any of your questions or queries about this great race.

These “INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASES” do take a lot of my time to prepare and I try to get as much into them as possible as I know fanciers and entrants like to know what is happening, unfortunately some time, some information will not be to hand when the print deadline is reached so can’t be included in that report. I can only apologise if I leave something or somebody out but I can assure everybody that I do my best to get as much information as possible to put into each of these international reports and give credit to those that deserve it.

IF ANY PIGEON FANCIER IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OR IN FACT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE MY WEEKLY “INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASES”, “NEWSLETTERS” AND “UPDATES” BY EMAIL, THEN ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS EMAIL ME THEIR ACTUAL EMAIL ADDRESS I WILL PUT THEM ON MY EMAIL DATABASE AND I WILL THEN FORWARD THEM ALL THE INFORMATION BY EMAIL ON A REGULAR BASIS.

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE PIGEON FANCIERS/ENTRANTS AND SYNDICATES WORLDWIDE DURING THE 2018/19 RACE SERIES.

 

THIS PHOTOGRAPH ABOVE SHOWS THE COMPLETED BRAND NEW 370 FOOT (113 METRES) STATE OF THE ART RACING LOFT WHICH IS SITUATED IN STUNNING SURROUNDINGS ON THE OUTSTANDING HERON BANKS GOLF & RIVER ESTATE, VAAL RIVER, SOUTH AFRICA. IT HAS THE TRAPPING/CLOCKING SECTION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LOFT, WHICH IS BELOW THE ADMINISTRATION CENTRE AND HAS 44 EQUAL SIZED SECTIONS (22 EACH SIDE) THAT ARE ALL ACCESSED FROM A FULL LENGTH CORRIDOR THAT RUNS ALONG THE BACK OF THIS FABULOUS PIGEON LOFT. ALL THE 44 SECTIONS HAVE GRILLED FLOORING AND THE LOFT HAS A TOTAL PERCH CAPACITY FOR WELL OVER 9,500 PIGEONS IN COMFORT.

 

If you wish to know any more information on this prestigious international pigeon race please contact me ASAP:-

 

Paul Smith, United Kingdom Race Team Co-ordinator/Shipper and International Race Co-ordinator for The 23rd South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race, which is due to be held at Heron Banks Golf & River Estate and Emerald Resort, Casino & Hotel, South Africa on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

Regency Lofts Limited,

2, Highmead, off Coltsfield,

Stansted Mountfitchet,

 Essex. CM24 8LJ.

England.

Tel/Fax:- 01279-812005. (Int. Code:- +44-1279-812005). Mobile:- 07860-568216. Email Address:- reglofts@aol.com Regency Lofts Website:- www.regencylofts.com

Skype Address:- talbot7944 Twitter Address:- PaulSmith@SmithReglofts

The South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race Website:- www.samdpr.com

 

 

 

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