16 January, 2021
PAUL SMITH

THE 21st SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE. HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5

“TENTH INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE”.

ON

HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5.

IN

THE 21st 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 4th FEBRUARY 2017.

 

ANOTHER RACE SEASON STARTS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN SUNSHINE.

  LIVESTREAM was once again up and running and I logged on bright and early from the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool at 06.30 GMT (08.30 SA) time, to see the pigeons were liberated at 06.00 cleared well and headed for home. Strong head winds were forecast for the whole race route. Down for breakfast, then off to the Blackpool Show to watch the pigeon arrive on my iPad. I thought it would take the winner about five and a half hours. I really did not have to wait that long because at 09.26 GMT (11.26 SA) all of a sudden I saw a small gang of 5 pigeons swing round the loft and hit the landing area, smartly followed by another small gang of about 10 pigeons, followed a short gap then 3 single pigeons, then a gang of 10 and another of 8. The result immediately came up on the iPad screen and I saw that 1st OPEN went to a fancier in KUWAIT. Within eleven minutes of the winner being clocked over 50 pigeons had been officially recorded. As the pigeons arrived and hit the landing platform they looked in super condition after this very tough fly. If you have never logged on to watch the pigeons arrive, I strongly suggest you give it a try, you will just love the experience.   https://youtu.be/3jkFs_6igx4   HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 was held on Saturday 21st January 2017 from 335km (208 miles) and for this race a total of 2,802 pigeons from 35 different countries were basketed and this included 2,597 International pigeons and 205 pigeons from South Africa and this figure also included 221 from the United Kingdom and 34 pigeons from Ireland. There were also 26 pigeons that were not basketed because they were left in the Hold Back section because they had made earlier mistakes and were not fit to be entered, this total included 2 from the United Kingdom and none from Ireland. So the total in the loft was 2,826 pigeons. The convoy were liberated at 06.00 in fine and clear conditions with a very strong head wind on route and a temperature of 14c (56f). The convoyer reported the pigeons cleared well and headed directly for home. A good race was anticipated, although they knew it would be a tough race. As the day progressed the temperature would steadily rise into the high 90’s but rain and thunderstorms were anticipated to arrive later in the day. CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st OPEN goes to the SAAD R ALABHOUL from KUWAIT with pigeon named SALMIAH ALABHOUL bred by SAAD R ALABHOUL, which was officially clocked at 11.26.15.54 to record a winning velocity of 1,123ypm (17.1132 m/s) (38 mph), this pigeon has 4 times nighted out including the previous race. 2nd Quest Any Given Day from United States Of America, 3rd Wolfgand & Andrea Miks from Austria, 4th Piet Manders from Belgium, 5th Ken Easley – Silvercreek from United States Of America, 6th Me Fui + Gallo Loft from United States Of America, with pigeon that won 1st OPEN in HSCR3 and the Car, plus it also wins 1st Ace Pigeon Hot Spot Averages, 7th Stanley Meyer from United States Of America, 8th Ado Family Loft from United States Of America, 9th Club Benoni Homing Society from South Africa, 10th Triple J Lofts from South Africa, 11th Wilfon – Rhodes from United States Of America, 12th Ali Alashkanani from Kuwait, 13th Irish Syndicate from United States Of America, 14th Helmut & Alfons Klaas from Germany, 15th Van Kerckhove – Vercauteren from Belgium, this pigeons has won numerous top positions during the race series and was one of my predictions to do well in the Final Race, 16th Team Schilling – Klusak from Germany, 17th Dirk Vandenberghe from Belgium, 18th Steve Sterchi from United States Of America, 19th A Khan & Crain from United States Of America and 20th Klaus Stieneker from Germany. The top twenty were separated by 5 minutes 58.71 seconds and had 6 different countries represented in this result with 7 different countries represented in the top 50 and these were 11 minutes 03.66 seconds apart. A great International result with 4 different countries in the top 4 pigeons clocked in the OPEN, only 14 seconds apart. A total of 100 pigeons were officially clocked up to 11.43, then 200 up to 11.50, then 500 up to 12.06, then 1,000 by 12.56. A further update showed 1,654 pigeons were officially recorded by 19.28 leaving 1,148 pigeons still to make it back to base camp. Sunday morning dawned and the pigeons started to roll in with a further 730 pigeons being recording by dark, leaving 418 to return to the race loft. With the 26 pigeons that were not sent that were still in the lofts the total left was now 2,410 pigeons. The Monday loft list showed that 2,451 pigeons were still in the race loft.  THE BRAND NEW MOTOR CAR was won in HSCR5 by the pigeon which actually took 1st OPEN, SAAD R ALABHOUL from KUWAIT with pigeon named SALMIAH ALABHOUL bred by SAAD R ALABHOUL. WELL DONE to this fancier.  HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5, the 19 x US$1,100 (£917) CASH PRIZES were won as follows:- The pigeons that took 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th OPEN positions which are all mentioned above. Then the pigeons that took 21st & 22nd OPEN won the remaining Hot Spot Cash Prizes, these included 1 x German and 1 x United States Of America pigeons. WELL DONE TO ALL THESE WINNERS. THE 2-BIRD AVERAGE and US$2,000 (£1,667) was won by ME FUI + GALLO LOFT (Team 1) from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with pigeons named HOT AMERICAN GIRL and THIS IS VERY SPECIAL both bred by MANUAL RODRIGUEZ with an average velocity of 33.589 m/s. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 2nd OPEN went to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM (Team 2) with pigeons named ZANDYS VICTORY and ZANDYS MOMENT bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with an average velocity of 33.185 m/s. 2nd UK, 55th OPEN goes to MILLYS LOFT (Team 3) with pigeons named ENJOY THE BUZZ and DUNDEE MAGIC both bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with an average velocity of 30.558 m/s. 3rd UK, 56th OPEN (Team 1) goes to SPEEDBIRD STRAIN – AYLESBURY BUCKS with pigeons named AYLESBURY JEWEL and SHOCK-WAVE bred by PETER ENTWISTLE from AYLESBURY with an average velocity of 30.517 m/s. 1st IRELAND, 259th OPEN went to PHILIP & MARK SMITH (Team 3) with pigeons named ELIZ and PAULA S both bred by PHILIP & MARK SMITH and with an average velocity of 19.675 m/s. THE 3-BIRD AVERAGE and US$3,000 (£2,500) was won by ZANDYS DREAM TEAM (Team 2) from UNITED KINGDOM with pigeons named ZANDYS VICTORY, ZANDYS MOMENT and ZANDYS DREAM all bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with and average velocity of 48.626 m/s. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 1st OPEN went to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM (Team 2) with pigeons named ZANDYS VICTORY, ZANDYS MOMENT and ZANDYS DREAM all bred from the same pair and all bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with an average velocity of 48.626m/s. Unfortunately the IRELAND TEAM had no fanciers with 3 pigeons in this result. THE HOT SPOT AVERAGES after 5 races stands as follows and the US$5,000 (£4,167) 1st Prize goes to:- 1st OPEN goes to ME FUI + GALLO LOFT from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with pigeon named HOT AMERICAN GIRL and bred by MANUEL RODRIGUEZ, with a combined time of 19.20.23.10, which has taken 239th OPEN in HSCR1, 131st OPEN in HSCR2, 1st OPEN in HSCR3 & CAR WINNER, 77th OPEN in HSCR4 and now 6th OPEN HSCR5 winning this category by a clear 29 minutes and the US$5,000 (£4,167) Cash Prize. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 6th OPEN goes to MILLY LOFT with pigeon named DUNDEES BACK, bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE, with a combined time of 20.13.42.55, which has taken 10th OPEN in HSCR1, 806th OPEN in HSCR2, 74th OPEN in HSCR3, 185th in HSCR4 and now 273rd OPEN in HSCR5. 1st IRELAND, 194th OPEN goes to PHILIP & MARK SMITH with their pigeon named GAELIC HOPE bred by this partnership, with a combined time of 22.23.25.90, which has taken 2,024th OPEN in HSCR1, 791st OPEN in HSCR2, 1,153rd OPEN in HSCR3, 613th OPEN in HSCR4 and now 985th in HSCR5. THE OVERALL AVERAGES after 19 official races now stand as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to FAM LINDBERG from NORWAY with pigeon named LINDBERGS FJORDGYN 2 bred by FAM LINDBERG, actual flying time 38.05.29.54 with 1,453rd TR1, 1,032nd TR2, 491st TR3, 823rd TR4, 330th TR5, 1,991st TR6, 939th HSCR1, 488th TR7, 628th HSCR2, 547th TR8, 404th TR9, 489th TR10, 313th HSCR3, 942nd TR11, 436th HSCR4, 1,429th TR12, 672nd TR13, 955th TR14 and now 247th OPEN HSCR5. 2nd Open goes to Sheikh Abdulla Mohammad Al Thani from Qatar with pigeon AL-RAYYAN and 3rd Open goes to MANCHESTER MAESTROS from United Kingdom with pigeon named LADY LOIS 2. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 3rd OPEN goes to MANCHESTER MAESRTOS, with pigeon named LADY LOIS 2 bred by JOHN CREHAN from MANCHESTER, actual flying time 38.26.23.00 with 1023rd TR1, 174th TR2, 792nd TR3, 1,474th TR4, 723rd TR5, 497th TR6, 1,620th HSCR1, 1,435th TR7, 361st HSCR2, 1,184th TR8, 407th TR9, 2,110th TR10, 534th HSCR3, 130th TR11, 414th HSCR4, 816th TR12, 388th TR13, 1,148th TR14 and now 541st HSCR5. 2nd UNITED KINGDOM, 26th Open goes to Millys Loft with pigeon named Dundees Back bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe. 3rd UNITED KINGDOM, 46th Open goes to Robbo with pigeon named Robbo 2, bred by Norman Robinson from Bridlington.  1st IRELAND, 421st OPEN goes to ROBBIE DALY, with pigeon named BIG BIRD bred by ROBBIE DALY with a combined flying time of 46.31.32.78 with 1,834th TR1, 3,382nd TR2, 1,888th TR3, 2,236th TR4, 1,439th TR5, 2,982nd TR6, 1,389th HSCR1, 2,074th TR7, 1,445th HSCR2, 1,379th TR8, 2,796th TR9, 1,170th TR10, 2,030th HSCR3, 1,490th TR11, 2,170th HSCR4, 2,414th TR12, 1,881st TR13, 2,097th TR14 and now 906th HSCR5. 2nd IRELAND, 467th Open goes to John Byrne & Son with pigeon named Sadhbh and 3rd IRELAND, 542nd Open goes to Maurice O’Donnell with pigeon named Liadin 9. THE COUNTRY CHALLENGE is a separate country competition which costs US$120 (approx. £100) per pigeon to enter and offers 3 cash prizes in each of the 5 Hot Spot Car Races and currently there is 148 UNITED KINGDOM pigeons entered and the Prize Money will be as follows:- There will be cash prizes of 1st Prize US$125 (approx. £104), 2nd Prize US$75 (approx. £62) and 3rd Prize US$50 (approx. £42) on Hot Spot Car Races 1, 2, 3 & 4. Then on Hot Spot Car Race 5 the prizes will increase to 1st Prize US$5,305 (approx. £4,421), 2nd Prize US$3,183 (approx. £2,653) and 3rd Prize US$2,122 (approx. £1,768). In The Final Race there will be just a 1st Prize winner takes all and that will go to the entered pigeon with the best average over the 5 x Hot Spot Car Races and The Final Race. The winning pigeon will be crowned THE UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE ACE WINNER and the Prize is now standing at US$6,120 (approx. £5,100). Of course only pigeons that were fully paid for and entered into this competition prior to basketing for Hot Spot Car Race 1 are eligible to fly for this ACE PIGEON AWARD. The UNITED KINGDOM TEAM have always supported this extra competition and the winners in this HSCR5 were as follows:- THE UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY AVERAGES after 19 races are as follows: 1st UNITED KINGDOM, MANCHESTER MAESTROS with pigeon named LADY LOIS 2 bred by JOHN CREHAN from MANCHESTER, with a combined flying time of 38.26.23.00, 2nd UNITED KINGDOM, MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named DUNDEES BACK bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 39.33.09.10. 3rd UNITED KINGDOM, TIM ATKIN from RUGBY with pigeon named VARDY PARTY with a combined flying time of 40.57.02.30. 1st UNITED KINGDOM and US$5,305 (approx. £4,421) goes to 24th OPEN, ZANDYS DREAM TEAM with pigeon named ZANDYS VICTORY by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET. 2nd UNITED KINGDOM and US$3,183 (approx. £2,653) goes to 77th OPEN another for ZANDYS DREAM TEAM, with pigeon named ZANDYS MOMENT bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET same way bred as ZANDYS VICTORY above. 3rd UNITED KINGDOM and US$2,122 (approx. £1,768) goes to 104th OPEN TEAM LINCS, with pigeon named GRANTHAM bred by PAUL & TRACEY STACEY from SLEAFORD. The IRELAND TEAM only entered 6 pigeons and will fly for 1st Prize US$125 (approx. £104), 2nd US$75 (approx. £62) and 3rd Prize US$50 (approx. £42) on Hot Spot Car Races 1, 2, 3 & 4. Then on Hot Spot Car Race 5 the prizes will increase to 1st Prize US$335 (approx. £279), 2nd Prize US$201 (approx. £167) and 3rd Prize US$134 (approx. £112). In The Final Race there will just be a 1st Prize winner takes all and that will go to the pigeon with the best average over the 5 x Hot Spot Car Races and The Final Race. The winning pigeon will be crowned THE IRISH COUNTRY CHALLENGE ACE WINNER and the Prize is now standing at US$440 (approx. £367). Of course only pigeons that were fully paid for and entered into this competition prior to basketing for Hot Spot Car Race 1 are eligible to fly for this ACE PIGEON AWARD. THE IRISH COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES after 19 races are as follows:- 1st IRELAND, PHILIP & MARK SMITH with their pigeon named ELIZ with a combined flying time of 49.22.43.10. This partnership are also 2nd with pigeon named Jamie Hayden. These are the only 2 pigeons that have completed 15 races. 1st IRELAND and US$335 (approx. £279) goes to 114th OPEN, PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named ELIZ and bred by this partnership, 2nd IRELAND and US$201 (approx. £167) goes to 746th OPEN, G+J DOUGLAS with pigeon named LURGAN BELLE and bred by this partnership, 3rd IRELAND and US$134 (approx. £112) goes to 985th OPEN PHILIP + MARK SMITH with pigeon named GAELIC HOPE and once again bred by this partnership. CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 24th OPEN went to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM, with their pigeon named ZANDYS VICTORY which was bred by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, which was officially clocked at 11.32.24.59 just 6 minutes 09.05 seconds away from the actual race winner. 2nd UK, 36th Open another for ZANDY DREAM TEAM with a second pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, same way bred as the UK winner, 3rd UK, 42nd Open Jutla Brothers from Upton Park,4th UK, 62nd Open K Consultancy with pigeon bred by Pieter Oberholster from Keysoe, 5th UK, 77th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a third pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, this pigeon is the same way bred as the earlier 2 clocked, 6th UK, 79th Open Crammond, Langstaff & Gilbert from Fontwell and Windsor, 7th UK, 104th Open Team Lincs with pigeon bred by Paul & Tracey Stacey from Sleaford, 8th 9th UK, 205th Open Pet Shop Boys & Girls with pigeon bred by John Alderslade from Bridlington, 10th UK, 273rd Open Millys Loft with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 11th UK, 283rd Open Mike Chadwick from Sheffield, 12th UK, 315th Open Smith – McAllister Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and with pigeon bred by Bruce McAllister from Furneaux Pelham, 13th UK, 333rd Open another for Syndicate Lofts UK with a second pigeon bred by Peter Fox from Bangor, 14th UK, 346th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with fourth pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, once again same way bred as the earlier 3 pigeons, 15th UK, 358th Open Gary & Annette Tomlinson from Blackbrook, 16th UK, 360th Open UK Elite Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and bred by Lee Fribbins from Frating, 17th UK, 364th Open Mr & Mrs. Clayburn from Ackworth, 18th UK, 383rd Open Millys LoftLofts with a second pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 19th UK, 399th Open another for Tim Atkin from Rugby, and 20th UK, 418th Open another for Syndicate Lofts UK with third pigeon bred by Peter Fox from Bangor. A total of 50 pigeons from the United Kingdom were officially recorded up to 12.20, with 100 up to 15.58. A later update loft list issued showed 125 UK pigeons had returned to the lofts by 19.28 leaving 96 UK pigeons still to return to the loft. Sunday dawned and by 18.27 a total of 202 UK pigeons had returned, leaving just 19 UK pigeons to return to the loft. However I am sure a few more will work back in the next few days. The Monday loft list showed that 205 UK pigeons were still in the race loft. CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st IRELAND, 114th OPEN went to PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named ELIZ and bred by this partnership, which was officially clocked at 11.43.46.20, 17 minutes 30.66 seconds behind the actual race winner, 2nd Ireland, 130th Open John Byrne, 3rd Ireland, 700th Open Donnelly & Kirkwood, 4th Ireland, 746th Open G+J Douglas, 5th Ireland, 803rd Open Pat Maher and 6th Ireland, 906th Open Robbie Daly. A total of 6 Irish pigeons were officially clocked by 12.42, then 18 by 17.26. By darkness on Sunday a total of 25 Irish pigeons had returned to the loft, leaving 9 still to return to base camp. The Monday loft list showed that 26 Irish pigeons were still in the race loft. GLOBAL NOMINATIONS on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 amounted to a staggering US$27,342.80c (£22,786) and there was a total of 458 pigeons actually entered which included 23 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Ireland and there was 1,812 nominations and all this money in this race was won by pigeons in the top 82 positions. There were no United Kingdom or Irish winners. UNITED KINGDOM NOMINATIONS amounted to US$935.85c (£780) and showed 16 pigeons with 78 nominations and the winners were TEAM LINCS taking 104th OPEN with their pigeon named GRANTHAM, bred by PAUL & TRACEY STACEY from SLEAFORD which won US$935 (£779) for its efforts and then 510th OPEN for KINGSMEAD SCHOOL from HEDNESFORD with pigeon named KINGSMEAD COLIN bred by C ROSE & SON from the MIDLANDS winning US$0.85c (£1) for its efforts. WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED. THE KNOCKOUT COMPETITION offers a US$25,000 (£20,834) 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 great competition offer 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 is 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 2,747 pigeons entered, which was made up of 2,571 International pigeons, which included 236 from the United Kingdom and 37 from Ireland and 176 pigeons from South Africa. KNOCKOUT ROUND 1 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 2 and 1,787 (65%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. KNOCKOUT ROUND 2 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 3 and 984 (55%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. KNOCKOUT ROUND 3 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 and 345 (35%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. KNOCKOUT ROUND 4 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 and 69 (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 4th FEBRUARY 2017 and just 69 top class pigeons will be competing and the first pigeon clocked of these remaining 69 KNOCKOUT PIGEONS will walk away this coveted First Prize of US$25,000 (£20,834). THIS REALLY IS A GREAT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION THAT CREATES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INTEREST AND EXCITEMENT THROUGHOUT THE RACE SERIES. After HOT SPOT CAR RACE 2 there were a total of 1,787 pigeons still in this competition and they were 1,669 International pigeons which included 150 from the United Kingdom and 19 from Ireland and 118 South African pigeons. After HOT SPOT CAR RACE 3 there were a total of 984 pigeons still left in this competition and they were 922 International pigeons which included 91 from the United Kingdom and 7 from Ireland and 62 pigeons from South Africa. After HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 there were just 345 pigeons left in the competition and these were made up as follows:- 323 International pigeons, included 27 from the UNITED KINGDOM and 2 from IRELAND, plus 22 from SOUTH AFRICA. After HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 just 69 top class pigeons remained in this competition and this included just 2 pigeons from the UK with pigeon from MILLYS LOFT and the other from TEAM LINCS, good luck to both pigeons in the FINAL RACE. See SAMDPR Results & Listings for full list. GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE PIGEONS IN THE FINAL ROUND. Next race is TRAINING RACE 15 is due to take place on Wednesday 25th January 2017.     PROPOSED RACE PROGRAMME:- The remaining Training Races, Mid-Week Races and Saturday Races during 2016/17 race series are now listed as follows:- Training Race 15 from 62km (39 miles) on Wednesday 25th January 2017, Training Race 16 from 80km (50 miles) on Saturday 28th January 2017, then THE FINAL RACE from 550km (342 miles) on Saturday 4th February 2017. These dates are not be set in stone and if the proposed date for any of these races is not suitable for liberation, then these will take place on the next best day in that week. Daily training will also take place during the week providing the weather is suitable. No training will take place on Sundays unless of course a holdover takes place on the Saturday race. The Overall Averages and the allocated US$17,500 (£14,000) Prize Money will only count in races of 50km (31 miles) and over.   ***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** I am sorry that I can’t add all the information about who bred all the pigeons or where they live as I can only publish details which I am in possession of. If there are no details besides your winning pigeon/s then please contact me on reglofts@aol.com with your details and I will include these in my later International Press Reports. I personally do my best to give all the fanciers, entrants and breeders all the credit they and their pigeons deserve when they manage to get in the results so your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. For the first few races numerous pigeons will not trap, so do not worry if yours is clocked late. The main thing to consider over the first few shorter races is that all the pigeons will not trap quickly but if they have made it back to the race loft on Heron Banks Golf & River Estate they are there to fight another day. With each race the pigeons will learn a bit more, giving them more experience to tackle all the tasks that they are going to have in front of them during the testing 2016/17 training and race series. 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. 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 plus of course they will also be published in the “”BRITISH HOMING WORLD” and “THE RACING PIGEON” weeklies and other world pigeon publications for all to see, read and enjoy. The race date for THE 22nd SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE has already been agreed and confirmed by the race organisers as SATURDAY 3th FEBRUARY 2018. If you are interested in participating or acting a Country Race Team Shipper/Co-ordinator, then please contact me as soon as possible on 01279-812005 or my mobile 07860-568216 or SMS or email on reglogfts@aol.com and I will give you all the information you require. My two proposed shipping dates for THE 22nd SAMDPR will take about the middle of MAY 2017 and then the second one should be around the middle of JUNE 2017. 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 lofts. 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 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. 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 PIGEON FANCIERS/SYNDICATES & ENTRANTS WORLDWIDE DURING THE 2016/17 RACE SERIES. Paul Smith, United Kingdom Race Team Co-ordinator/Shipper and International Race Co-ordinator for The 21st 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 4th February 2017. 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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