24 November, 2020
PAUL SMITH

THE 22nd SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE. SECOND INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE

“SECOND INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE”. ON THE 22nd 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 3rd FEBRUARY 2018.

ANOTHER RACE SEASON STARTS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN SUNSHINE.

As mentioned in my first International Press Release as the pigeons were delayed with quarantine regulations and did not start to fly around the race lofts until about early October, it was decided not to rush the pigeons through the initial flying round the loft and the early short training and because of this would result in the pigeons starting their initial training a bit later than usual but the loft staff were confident that these athletes of the skies would soon learn the routine. Numerous short training tosses were given to give the pigeons confidence and the following race programme was agreed:- Pre-Training Race 1 was held on Wednesday 6th December 2017 from 25km (16 miles) followed by Pre-Training Race 2 on Saturday 9th December 2017 from 25km (16 miles). Training Race 1 was held on Wednesday 13th December 2017 from 62km (39 miles), then Training Race 2 held on Saturday 16th December 2017 from 62km (39 miles) followed by Training Race 3 held on Wednesday 20th December 2017 from 114km (71 miles) with HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 taking place on Saturday 23rd December 2017 from 114km (71 miles), Training Race 4 on Wednesday 27th December 2017 from 114km (71 miles), HOT SPOT CAR RACE 2 on Saturday 30th December 2017 from 162km (101 miles), Training Race 5 will be on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 from (114km) (71 miles), HOT SPOT CAR RACE 3 on Saturday 6th January 2018 from 210km (130 miles), Training Race 6 will be on Wednesday 10th January 2018 from 114km (71 miles), HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 on Saturday 13th January 2018 from 250km (155 miles), Training Race 7 will be on Wednesday 17th January 2018 from 114km (71 miles), HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 will be on Saturday 20th January 2018 from 305km (190 miles), Training Race 8 will be on Wednesday 24th January 2018 from 114km (71 miles) and then Training Race 9 will be on Saturday 27th January 2018 from 114km (71 miles). There will still be plenty of time for the pigeons to learn the ropes before the Final Race takes place from 520km (323 miles) on Saturday 3rd February 2018. The Race Organisers (Air Sport Internationale) and all the Official Loft Staff in South Africa wish all fanciers/entrants/syndicates and competitors from all over the world the best of luck during the forthcoming 2017/18 race series.

RESULTS FOR TRAINING RACE 3 & HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1. THE UNITED KINGDOM RACE TEAM WINS THE 2-BIRD AVERAGE & US$2,000 ALSO 2 x US$1,100 CASH PRIZES WON IN HSCR1. (See below for full results).

The team of pigeons will not be rushed and the vastly experienced loft staff are very confident that within a few weeks these athletes of the skies will be back on track and ready for the big task in front of them. You can of course follow all the progress of what is happening on www.samdpr.com TRAINING RACE 3 took place on Wednesday 20th December 2017 from 114km (71 miles) and a total of 3,553 pigeons were basketed from 35 different countries and this total included 3,212 International pigeons including 217 from the United Kingdom and 42 from Ireland, plus 341 pigeons from South Africa. A total of just 8 pigeons were not basketed, these included 1 from the United Kingdom and none from Ireland, these were all left in the lofts because they had made mistakes earlier in the week. The total still in the loft was 3,561 pigeons. The convoy were liberated at 06.35 in fine and cool conditions, with a light head wind, 17c (62f) and a good race was anticipated. LIVESTREAM was up and running for TRAINING RACE 3 and as usual I logged on bright and early to watch the pigeons return to the race loft and all of a sudden a gang of about 50 pigeons approached the loft at 07.12 swung round the loft 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 homed and all looked good for excellent returns. CONGRATULATIONS for winning 1st OPEN goes to LEDDER – YUE from GERMANY with pigeon named FLIGHT OF VALOR bred by N. LEDDER, which was officially clocked at 08.12.59.23 to record a winning velocity of 1275ypm (19.3903m/s) (43mph). Taking 2nd Clarke & Kittow from United Kingdom, 3rd Rebel Blues Syndicate from South Africa, 4th Marc De Cock from Belgium, 5th Johannes Rimmele from Germany, 6th Team La Paloma from Germany, 7th Rainer Hoehn from Germany, 8th Klaus Stieneker from Germany, 9th Hassain Alwatari from Kuwait, 10th Reinhold u Christoph Witzel from Germany, 11th Team Cor & Jamie from Canada, 12th RA Bakker & Zoon from Netherlands, 13th Defaulter Pigeon, 14th Roger Ponnet from Belgium, 15th Zandys Dream Team from United Kingdom, 16th Alkhaleej Stable from Kuwait, 17th SG Kespohl – Nottebaum from Germany, 18th G+P Douglas from Ireland, 19th Hamoud Al Juwaisri from Kuwait and 20th Loft Einkamerer from South Africa. The top twenty in this result were separated by just 1 minute 30.92 seconds and had 8 different countries represented in the top 20 and 12 different countries in the top 50, only 1 minute 46.27 seconds away from the actual race winner. Good to see four different countries taking the first four Open positions in this race. This race resulted with 2,000 pigeons being officially recorded by 08.32 and then 3,000 by 08.40, then 3,289 pigeons clocked by 10.56. The last update showed that a total of 3,336 pigeons were clocked by 17.59. This left 217 pigeons to return to the race loft. I am sure a few more will work back during the next few days. Thursday Loft List showed 3,641 pigeons in the race loft. GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 3 amounted to US$9,524.25c (approx. £7,327) and had a total of 426 pigeons entered which included 13 from the United Kingdom and 1 from Ireland and there were 426 Nominations. There were no United Kingdom winners. WELL DONE TO ALL THE WINNERS. CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 2nd OPEN went to CLARKE & KITTOW, with pigeon bred by P+D. CLARKE from SEVENASH and with pigeon named DAN THE MAN 1 which was officially clocked at 08.13.01.07, just 01.44 seconds after the actual race winner. Taking 2nd UK, 15th Open Zandys Dream Team with pigeon bred by Paul Smith of Stansted Mountfitchet, 3rd UK, 28th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a second pigeon bred by Paul Smith, 4th UK, 30th Open Alistair Hogg from Winchburgh, 5th UK, 37th Open Milly’s Loft with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 6th UK, 60th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a third pigeon bred by Paul Smith, 7th UK, 68th Open Paul Smith Syndicate administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and with pigeon bred by Jimmy Richards from Laindon, 8th UK, 101st Open Berkshire Boys, 9th UK, 107th Open Premier Stud UK Syndicate administer by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and with pigeon bred by Premier Stud from Patringham Haven, 10th UK, 115th Open another for Berkshire Boys, 11th UK, 116th Open another for Paul Smith Syndicate with a second pigeon bred by Jimmy Richards from Laindon, 12th UK, 166th Open Clive Brown, 13th UK, 198th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a fourth pigeon bred by Paul Smith, 14th UK, 199th Open another for Milly’s Loft with a second pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 15th UK, 200th Open Dever & Lloyd with pigeon bred by George Dever from Halewood, 16th UK, 207th Open another for Zandy Dream Team with a fifth pigeon bred by Paul Smith, 17th UK, 211th Open Deneside Lofts entered by John Clarke from Crewe with pigeon bred by Mr & Mrs. R. Budd, 18th UK, 214th Open Syndicate Lofts UK with pigeon bred by Peter Fox from Bangor, 19th UK, 252nd Open Mick Morrissey with pigeon bred by Mick Morrissey from Halewood and then 20th UK, 270th Open another for Milly’s Loft with a third pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe. A total of 100 pigeons being officially clocked by 08.26, then 200 by 08.44 and 208 by 09.45. A total of 209 had returned to the race loft by 17.59 leaving just 8 to make it back to base camp. The Thursday Loft List showed 222 pigeons in the race loft. UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 3 only had 7 pigeons and 22 Nominations and US$105.40c (approx. £81.12p) and the winner was as follows:- 326th Open Kingsmead School with pigeon bred by Kingsmead School from Hednesford which won US$5.95c (approx. £4.62p), then 925th Open Berkshire Boys with pigeon named Van Seeney which won US$99.45c (approx. £76.50p). WELL DONE TO BOTH OF THESE WINNERS. CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st IRELAND, 18th OPEN went to G+J DOUGLAS with their pigeon named LURGAN JEN, bred by this partnership which was officially clocked at 08.14.29.04, just 1 minute 29.41 seconds after the actual race winner. Taking 2nd Ireland, 62nd Open Peter Lucas, 3rd Ireland, 91st Open H+C Thorpe – McMorrow, 4th Ireland, 99th Open Jos Reilly – Team Ireland, 5th Ireland, 111th Open another for Jos Reilly – Team Ireland and then 6th Ireland, 139th Open Philip & Mark Smith. A total of 30 pigeons being officially clocked by 08.36 and then 38 by 11.23. A total of 40 pigeons returned to the race loft by 13.53 leaving just 2 pigeons to make it back to base camp. The Thursday Loft List showed 41 pigeons in the race loft, leaving just one to return. IRISH COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS in TRAINING RACE 3 received no Irish entries. More short training will take place on Thursday and Friday giving these pigeons even more confidence and experience to cope with what was in front of them over the next two months. THE OVERALL AVERAGES are now up and running and after three official races stands as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to SG KESPOHL – NOTTEBAUM from GERMANY with pigeon named LEO 1 bred by this partnership, with a combined flying time of 03.26.33.98 up 10 places from the last race. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 53rd OPEN goes to MILLY’S LOFT with pigeon named LOVE IT DUNDEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 03.32.39.33 up 28 places from the last race. 1st IRELAND, 121st OPEN goes to KOS REILLY – TEAM IRELAND with pigeon named BRIDGE GIRL bred by JOS REILLY with a combined flying time of 03.36.03.10 up 221 places from the last race. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE FANCIERS. ********************************************************************************************** Prior to HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 taking place the SAMDPR had their Veterinary Officer Dr. PL van Syl (B.V.Sc.) have a look at the pigeons to ensure that they were in tip top shape for the races. A representative sample of the pigeons in the race loft were examined and the findings were as follows:- (1). The condition of all the pigeons were excellent and muscle development was very good. (2). The feather quality was perfect and no external parasites were present. (3). The cropsmears tested 100% negative for Thrichomoniases. (4). No Coccidia or Worms were observed. He stated that in his opinion the pigeons examined were all clinically healthy and in excellent condition and fit to race. HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 was held on Saturday 23rd December 2017 from 114km (71 miles) and for this race a total of 3,646 pigeons from 35 different countries were basketed and this included 3,294 International pigeons and this figure also included 222 from the United Kingdom and 41 from Ireland, plus 352 from South Africa. A total of 19 pigeons were not basketed, these included none from the United Kingdom and none from Ireland, these were all left in the loft because they had made mistakes in earlier training. Total still in the race loft was 3,665 pigeons. It was interesting to see that last year there was 3,532 pigeons went to HSCR1 and 276 were in the Hold-Back, making a grand total of 3,808 pigeons still in the race loft. The convoy were liberated at 07.00 with a light head wind and in fine and cool conditions and a temperature of 17c (62f) and a fairly fast race was anticipated. LIVESTREAM was up and running for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 and once again I was up bright and early to watch the pigeons return to the race loft. It was a beautiful morning in South Africa and an ideal racing day and I knew of another race in the same area had done 50mph and I predicted we would clock at around 08.25 and bang on time at 08.24 a gang of about 50 pigeons approached the race loft, 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 KIRCHNER – RHODES from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with pigeon named JACOBS LADDER bred by KENNY RHODES, which was officially clocked at 08.25.20.50 to record a winning velocity of 1470ypm (22.2635m/s) (50mph). This pigeon had won 5th and 117th Open in its last two races and was well fanciers being pooled up to US$100 in the Global Nominations. Taking 2nd Emily & Brito Loft from United States of America, 3rd Hamoud Al Jurwaisri from Kuwait, 4th Kenny Rhodes from United States of America, 5th Loft Einkamerer from South Africa, 6th Landon McLaughlin from United States of America, 7th Ken Chhi from United States of America, 8th Stanescu + Dobre from Romania, 9th Annie & Dusty from South Africa, 10th Emeralds & Diamonds Dynasty from United Kingdom, 11th Its About Time – Galaxy from United States of America, 12th Ewald Loggenberg from South Africa, 13th Robert Darr – Donald Bicknell from United States of America, 14th AlHamli Team from United Arab Emirates, 15th Saad R Alabhoul from Kuwait, 16th Andreas Moeller from Germany, 17th M+C Hansen from Denmark, 18th Defaulter Pigeon, 19th Berkshire Boys from United Kingdom and 20th Marc De Cock from Belgium. The top twenty were separated by just 13.79 seconds and had 9 different countries represented in this result with 10 different countries represented in the top 50 and these were just 28.00 seconds apart. The pigeons literally fell out of the sky and a total of 500 were clocked by 08.28, then 1,000 by 08.33, then 1,500 by 08.47 and then 2,000 by 08.37. A further update showed 3,169 pigeons were officially clocked up to 09.30 then further update showed 3,222 pigeons were officially recorded by 11.34. By 17.55 a total of 3,280 pigeons had been clocked, leaving 366 pigeons still to return to base camp. The pigeons continued to roll in on Sunday and by darkness 3,342 pigeons had returned, leaving 366 pigeons to return. The Monday lunchtime Loft List showed that there were a total of 3,421 pigeons still in the race loft, which left 225 pigeons still to make it back to the race loft. HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 CAR WINNER was KIRCHNER – RHODES from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with their pigeon named JACOBS LADDER which won 1st OPEN and was bred by KENNY RHODES from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHAT A GREAT START TO THE MONEY RACES AND A NICE EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR THESE GUYS. HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 there was also 19 x US$1,100 (£846) cash prizes to be won by the next 19 x Activated Pigeons after the Car Winner and in this race and the winners were as follows:- Most of the pigeons that took these cash prizes are mentioned above in the Open result and those which took 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st Open. That meant that there were four pigeons Not-Activated and these were the pigeons that took 10th (United Kingdom), 13th (United States of America), 22nd (South Africa) and 23rd (United States of America), plus one pigeon that would have taken 18th but which was a Defaulter Pigeon. Proving once again if they are good enough to get to this stage, then they must be good enough to Activate, once again a costly experience for these fanciers. Also two other pigeons that took 22nd (South Africa) and 23rd (United States of America) were also Not-Activated. However, because of these five pigeons not being activated it gave the pigeons that won 21st Open Odenwaldflieger from Germany and 24th Open Zandys Dream Team from United Kingdom taking these extra cash prizes. WELL DONE TO ALL THESE WINNERS. HOT SPOT CAR RACE OVERALL AVERAGES after the first race were as follows:- 1st Open Kirchner – Rhodes from United States of America with their pigeon named Jacobs Ladder bred by Kenny Rhodes. 1st United Kingdom, 16th Open was the Berkshire Boys with pigeon named Goldfinger 3 and 1st Ireland, 57th Open was Jos Reilly – Team Ireland with pigeon named Lady Bond bred by Jos Reilly from Dublin. THE START OF A TESTING RACE SERIES WITH US$5,000 (£3,846) FIRST PRIZE TO THE WINNER AFTER THE 5 HOT SPOT CAR RACES. GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 amounted to US$20,187.50c (approx. £15,530) and had a total of 567 pigeons entered which included 24 from the United Kingdom and 2 from Ireland and there were 1,993 Nominations. There were two United Kingdom winner as follows:- 27th Open went to Team Lincs with pigeon named Toynton bred by Paul & Tracey Stacey from Sleaford which won US$289 (£222) for its efforts. Then 82nd Open went to Nenlorrie with pigeon named Beverly bred by Lourens Londt from Cannock which won US$17 (£13) for its efforts. WELL DONE TO ALL THE WINNERS. CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 10th OPEN went to EMERALDS & DIAMONDS DYNASTY with pigeon named SAPPHIRE DYNASTY which was bred by JOHN BOYD from BALLYCLARE, which was officially clocked at 08.25.29.75 just 09.25 seconds after the actual race winner. Taking 2nd UK, 19th Open Berkshire Boys, 3rd UK, 24th Open Zandys Dream Team with pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 4th UK, 27th Open Team Lincs with pigeon bred by Paul & Tracey Stacey from Sleaford, 5th UK, 55th Open Milly’s Loft with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 6th UK, 60th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a second pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 7th UK, 82nd Open Nenlorrie with pigeon bred by Lourens Londt from Cannock, 8th UK, 84th Open Fev Flyers with pigeon bred by Leech-Bannister from West Yorks, 9th UK, 93rd Open Alistair Hogg from Winchburgh, 10th UK, 135th Open Chris Turner from Coventry, 11th UK, 196th Open Hilamb Syndicate with pigeon bred by Ron Hillcoat from Sowerby Bridge, 12th UK, 217th Open another for Milly’s Loft with a second pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 13th UK, 220th Open Paul Smith Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and with pigeon bred by Jimmy Richards from Laindon, 14th UK, 271st Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a third pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet,15th UK, 301st Open Berkshire Boys, 16th UK, 319th Open Milly’s Loft with a third pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 17th UK, 331st Open another for Zandy Dream Team with a fourth pigeon bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, 18th UK, 332nd Open The Royal Lofts (Her Majesty The Queen) with pigeon bred by Peter Farrow (Loft Manager) from Sandringham, 19th UK, 343rd Open Guys Lofts with pigeon bred by Graham Guy from Wolverhampton and 20th UK, 351st Open W. Gray & Son Syndicate with pigeon bred by Willy & Ian Gray from Coldstream. A total of 50 pigeons were officially clocked by 08.30, 100 by 08.33 and then 150 by 08.47, then 196 by 10.31. A further update showed 199 pigeons had returned to the lofts by 17.55, leaving 23 still to return to the loft. Another 6 pigeons returned on Sunday up to 17.08, leaving 17 still to make it home. The Monday lunchtime Loft List showed that there were 211 UK pigeons in the race loft, which left 11 still to return to the race loft. UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 had 19 pigeons entered and 63 Nominations and US$304.30c (approx. £234.70p) to be won and the winners were as follows:- 27th Open Team Lincs with pigeon named Toynton bred by Paul & Stacey Tracey from Sleaford which won US$301.75c (£232.75p) for its efforts. Then 82nd Open Nenlorrie with pigeon named Beverly bred by Lourens Londt from Cannock on just US$0.05c (75p) and 301st Open Berkshire Boys with pigeon named Spit won US$1.70c (£1.30p) for their efforts. WELL DONE TO THESE WINNERS. THE UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE (134 pigeons in this category) and currently have US$15,990 (£12,300) in Prize Money which will be paid out in the 5 x Hot Spot Car Races and The Final Race. The winners in this race were 1st UK, 19th Open and US$125 (£96) went to the Berkshire Boys with pigeon named Goldfinger 3. Then 2nd UK, 24th Open and US$75 (£58) went to Zandys Dream Team with pigeon named Zandys Perfection and bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet, then taking 3rd UK, 55th Open and US$50 (£39) went to Milly’s Loft with pigeon named The Best Dundee Ever and bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe. SOME GREAT EXTRA CASH PRIZES TO BE WON IN THIS COMPETITION. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WINNERS. CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st IRELAND, 70th OPEN went to JOS REILLY – TEAM IRELAND with pigeon named LADY BOND bred by JOS REILLY, which was officially clocked at 08.25.57.29, just 36.79 seconds behind the actual race winner. Taking 2nd Ireland, 126th Open went to J Kennedy & Son, 3rd Ireland, 230th Open Taximush, 4th Ireland, 258th Open Team India – Kallmeyer & Viki, 5th Ireland, 295th Open another for Jos Reilly – Team Ireland and 6th Ireland, 355th Open Peter Lucas. A total of 20 Irish pigeons were officially clocked by 08.32 and then 35 by 08.48. A further update showed 38 pigeons had returned to the lofts by nightfall, leaving 3 still to return to the loft. No more returned on Sunday and the Monday lunchtime Loft List showed 40 Irish pigeons in the race loft, leaving just one to return to the race loft. IRISH COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 had no pigeons entered. THE IRISH COUNTRY CHALLENGE (10 pigeons in this category) and currently have US$2,350 (£1,808) in Prize Money which will be paid out in the 5 x Hot Spot Car Races and The Final Race. The winners in this race were 1st IRE, 355th Open and US$125 (£96) went to Peter Lucas with pigeon named Gerrymander. Then 2nd IRE, 643rd Open and US$75 (£58) went to Gerry McCourt with his pigeon named Kate, then taking 3rd IRE, 1257th Open and US$50 (£39) went to Philip & Mark Smith with their pigeon named Sodar. SOME GREAT EXTRA CASH PRIZES TO BE WON IN THE COMPETITION. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WINNERS. THE OVERALL AVERAGES are also up and running and after four official races stands as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to STANESCU + DOBRE from ROMANIA with their pigeon named MISS 98 bred by this partnership, with a combined flying time of 04.53.10.02 up 7 places from the last race. This pigeon has now been in the 100 in the last four races. 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 50th OPEN goes to DEVER & LLOYD with their pigeon named DIESES bred by GEORGE DEVER from HALEWOOD with a combined flying time of 05.02.01.40 up 44 places from the last race. 1st IRELAND, 159th OPEN goes to H+C THORPE – McMORROW with their pigeon named DAVEY bred by HERBIE THORPE with a combined flying time of 05.09.06.77 up 93 places from the last race. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE FANCIERS. THE 2-BIRD AVERAGE & US$2,000 (£1,538) PRIZE MONEY IN HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 was won by ZANDYS DREAM TEAM (Team 1) from the UNITED KINGDOM with his two pigeons named ZANDYS PERFECTION (24th) and ZANDYS GLORY (60th) both bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with a combined total velocity of 44.326m/s. Then 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 1st OPEN went to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM (Team 1) from the UNITED KINGDOM with his two pigeons named ZANDYS PERFECTION (24th) and ZANDYS GLORY (60th) both bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with a combined total velocity of 44.326m/s. Then 1st IRELAND, 9th OPEN went to JOS REILLY –TEAM IRELAND (Team 3) with his two pigeons named LADY BOND (70th) and SANDY BABE (295th) both bred by JOS REILLY from DUBLIN with a combined total velocity of 43.926m/s. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WINNERS. THE 3-BIRD AVERAGE & US$3,000 (£2,308) PRIZE MONEY IN HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 was won by RED DRAGON (Team 2) from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with their pigeons named LA TURCA (180th), HIMALAYA (280th) and RED TIDE (345th) all bred by LAZURO CRUZ with a combined total velocity of 65.575m/s. Then 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 17th OPEN went to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM (Team 5) with pigeons named ZANDYS AMBITION (331st), ZANDYS INSPIRATION (413th) and ZANDYS PASSION (1788th) and all bred by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with a combined total velocity of 63.712m/s. Then 1st IRELAND, 37th OPEN went to JOS REILLY – TEAM IRELAND with pigeons named LADY BOND (70th), SANDY BABE (295th) and BRIDIGE GIRL (2315th) all bred by JOS REILLY from DUBLIN with a combined total velocity of 62.661m/s. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE WINNERS. THE KNOCKOUT COMPETITION offers a US$25,000 (£19,231) 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 2,734 pigeons entered, which was made up of 2,506 International pigeons, which included 197 from the United Kingdom and 33 from Ireland, plus 228 pigeons from South Africa. KNOCKOUT ROUND 1 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 2 on Saturday 30th December 2017 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 on Saturday 6th January 2018 and 977 (55%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. KNOCKOUT ROUND 3 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 on Saturday 13th January 2018 and 342 (35%) of the entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. KNOCKOUT ROUND 4 will take place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 on Saturday 20th January 2018 and 68 (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 3rd FEBRUARY 2018 and just 68 top class pigeons will be competing and the first pigeon clocked of these remaining 68 KNOCKOUT PIGEONS will walk away this coveted First Prize of US$25,000 (£19,231). 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. Numerous “Loft Reports”, “Updates”, “Photographs” and “Videos” have been placed on the informative state of the art SAMDPR website for all to see and these are all available now on the dedicated website www.samdpr.com 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 2017/18 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$36 Million American Dollars (£25 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 22nd SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE will be the same as paid out for THE 21st SAMDPR. The FINAL RACE PRIZE MONEY in the 22nd SAMDPR now exceeds US$1.02 Million American Dollars or around £785,000 Million Pounds Sterling. PROPOSED RACE PROGRAMME:- The Training Races, Mid-Week Races and Saturday Races during 2017/18 race series are listed earlier in this International Press Release for all to see and as mentioned once we get past HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1 the rest of the race programme will be finalised for all to see. However, THE FINAL RACE from 550km (342 miles) will be on Saturday 3rd February 2018. These dates are not 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. All the United Kingdom Team fanciers/entrants and syndicate shareholders will be kept up to date with regular “INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE” and “NEWSLETTERS” plus any of them can log on to the state of the art The South African Million Dollar Race web site:- www.samdpr.com and get all the information they might require over the next few months. You can’t change your pigeon’s name/s once training has started. You can even put all your pedigrees on live if you wish to, which certainly helps with the final selling price at the auction after the race. Remember the 2008 SCMDPR OVERALL ACE PIGEON named BIRDY sold for a staggering world record £53,730 and the breeder receives 50% of this figure after expenses. This really is a state of the art race that continues to improve its overall image on an annual basis and gives all fanciers and entrants all the information they need to know about all the pigeons in the lofts. ***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT*** I am sorry that I can’t add all the information about who bred all the pigeons or where they live because I do not have access to all this information so I can only publish details which I am in possession of at the time. 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 2017/18 training and race series. As mentioned earlier only races of 50km (approx. 31 miles) will count towards The 21st 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. It should be mentioned that GLOBAL & COUNTRY/REGIONAL NOMINATIONS during the 2015/16 race series actually paid out a staggering total of US$546,280 (£437,000). 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. This is the “TWENTY SECOND YEAR” since this great International One Loft Race started and every year since day one the Organising Committee have created new competitions and I assume that this year will be no exception, more on this subject will be published as details come through from the race organisers. “TRIP OF A LIFETIME” Deirdre Kallmeyer who owns and runs African Olive Travel Concepts in South Africa (www.aotc.co.za) is now acting as the official travel company for the SAMDPR and all booking must be done through her and her company. So if you want to be part of the vibe and thrill of The South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race, then why not join us at out new home at Heron Banks Golf & River Estate and the Emerald Resort, Casino & Hotel and experience the race weekend schedule and events. African Olive Travel Concepts have put together accommodation packages catering for all tastes and budgets and a variety of pre and post touring options to explore the region. The venue and location will be the Emerald Resort, Casino & Hotel which is situated on the lush banks of the Vaal River in Gautang, South Africa a mere hour’s drive from O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The extensive property, along 7km’s of river frontage, is the ideal location for a fun-filled family getaway. The Resort offers an array of accommodation options, restaurants, entertainment like the all-year-round Water Park – Aquadrome, to Animal World Zoo and game drive, ten pin bowling, outdoor activities such as walking, fishing, water skiing as well as the famous Emerald African Spa. Just across the Vaal River you can enjoy a round of golf on the outstanding Heron Banks Golf & River Estate, which is where the pigeon loft is situated. There are 3 accommodation options available at the Emerald Resort, Casino & Hotel catering for and style and budget. Option 1, you could book to stay in the 4 star Emerald Hotel where you will instantly notice the luxurious North-East African inspired décor. A sanctuary set far from the bustling bog city, the 4 star hotel’s 75 twin/double rooms and two superb suites offer you spacious comfort and all of the amenities you could need. All rooms have Air-conditioning, Digital Safe, Telephone, Hairdryer, TV selected channels, internet access and tea and coffee making facilities. Option 2, hidden away in a natural setting, the secure, luxurious Bush Lodges offer guests two-bedroom units styled to resemble the safari lodges of the Serengeti, adventure awaits just outside of these semi self-catering lodges, built for ultimate comfort and in luxurious style. Option 3, step into adventure and book one of the comfortable, self-catering River Resort Chalets that provides two, four and six sleeper units, ideal for a weekend getaway or longer stays. These are situated just a quick walk from the banks of the Vaal River, the chalets offer guests easy access to a range of adventures including boating facilities for the water sport enthusiasts. For anybody intending to travel out for the race weekend or longer, please log onto www.samdpr.com and hit the Accommodation button at the bottom of the home page, there you find a “SPECIAL 3 & 4 NIGHTS PACKAGE”, which includes all the official functions and dates. Both these packages represent great value for money. Road Transfers to and from Emerald Resort can also be arranged by African Olive Travel Concepts. If you or any friends wish to do pre or post travel bookings, Deirdre will be only too pleased to give you prices, just tell her what and where you would like to go. All bookings must be done through the sole agent Deirdre Kallmeyer at African Olive Travel Concepts (www.aotc.co.za) or email deirdre@africanoliveconcepts.co.za ***SPECIAL NOTIFICATION*** One point that should be pointed out to all competitors and entrants is that only your NUMBER 1 pigeons is “ACTIVATED” (FULLY PAID UP ENTRY) with the other TWO (2) pigeons in each of your “TEAM OF 3” or the other THREE (3) pigeons in your “TEAM OF 4” being your RESERVES or BACK-UP PIGEONS. Another point worth mentioning is if you happened to lose your NUMBER 1 PIGEON, your NUMBER 2 PIGEON would replace it FREE OF CHARGE and likewise if you then lost your NUMBER 2 PIGEON, your NUMBER 3 PIGEON would then replace that one FREE OF CHARGE. If of course you entered a “TEAM OF 4” and you lost your first 3 pigeons, your fourth pigeon would then be your “ACTIVATED PIGEON”. If you were unlucky enough to lose all your entries of 3 or 4 pigeons in any of your “TEAMS” and they had won no “Special Prize Money” in the new HOT SPOT CAR RACES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 then you are entitled to a “FREE ENTRY” into the 23rd SAMDPR and all you have to pay is the official shipping and export costs to your Country Co-ordinator/Shipper. This offer can only be actioned once, for example if you lost your team in your first year, you would get a “Free Entry” the following year but then if you lost all your pigeons in that year, the “Free Entry” offer then does not count. This of course represents great value for your money. All pigeons go to every training toss and Saturday and Mid-Week races providing they are fit enough but can only compete for any of the allocated PRIZE MONEY or SPECIAL AWARDS in the 5 x HOT SPOT CAR RACES if they are “ACTIVATED” and that means that these must be paid for prior to the HOT SPOT CAR RACE 1, which took place on SATURDAY 23rd DECEMBER 2017 from 114km (approx. 71 miles). The cost to “ACTIVATE” these “RESERVES or BACK-UP PIGEONS” is US$1,100 (approx. £850)(THIS OF COURSE MAY CHANGE SLIGHTLY DEPENDING ON CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE AT THE TIME OF ACTIVATION) but that will then entitle all these fully paid up pigeons (ACTIVATED) to compete and be eligible to fly for all the extra cash prizes and special awards that amounts to over US$300,000 (approx. £231,000). The one thing to remember is that once your reserve pigeon or pigeons are fully paid for, if then they get lost and have won no Prize Money or Special Awards in the Special Money Races, then you will get US$1,000 paid back into your ASI Account, which can then be used to purchase another pigeon at a later date and be entered into The Final Race under your name or syndicate or even under another name of your choice. So as you can see it is “BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY” and pay for them early, after all you have nothing to lose. HOW MANY OTHER PIGEON RACES IN THE WORLD OFFER THIS SORT OF OPTION TO COMPETITORS AND ENTRANTS? ***WHAT CAN BE WON DURING THIS 2017/18 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, 1 for each of the 5 x Car Races, 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), 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 a 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 (£93) 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 (£154) starting Prize Money and US$40 (£31) 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 3rd February 2018 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. PRIZE MONEY ALLOCATED TO THE 22nd 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 six brand new motor cars have been won by fanciers representing the United Kingdom Team in the last seven years, Richard Elliott 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. This in itself was an outstanding team performance. No other country has ever won three cars on the trot. The Irish fancier named John Nash also won a brand new motor car in the 2008/9 race series. I am hopeful that somebody from the United Kingdom or Ireland will also win one or maybe more brand new motor cars during the 2017/18 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 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 23rd SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE has already been provisionally agreed and confirmed by the race organisers as SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2019. (This date is still awaiting 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 23rd SAMDPR will take about the middle of MAY 2018 and then the second one should be around the middle of JUNE 2018. 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 2017/18 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 22nd 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 3rd February 2018. 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 Guardar]]>

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