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Posted 28 January 2016 - 11:59 AM

“INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE”
THE 20th SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR
“PLATINUM EDITION”
(THE RACE WITH THE PROVEN TRACK RECORD)
(THE GREATEST PIGEON RACE IN THE WORLD)
DUE TO BE HELD IN LINBRO PARK, SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG,
SOUTH AFRICA ON SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2016.

ANOTHER RACE SEASON STARTS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN SUNSHINE.

THE FANTASTIC MONTECASINO COMPLEX, FOURWAYS, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA WILL
BE HOSTING THE 20th SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE.


RESULTS FOR TRAINING RACE 13 & HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5.

We are now getting very close to to Final Race, which takes place on Saturday 6th February 2016 and the pigeons that are still left in the two race lofts a Linbro Park are now after scores of Training Tosses, numerous Training Races and five Hot Spot Car Races really getting used to the regular training programme and now have a great racing line back to the lofts. They are also now coping very well with the extremely hot and humid weather conditions this year, plus of course the regular South Africa thunderstorms.

These are the rest of the races remaining in the 2015/16 race series:- Training Race 15 from 80km (50 miles) on Saturday 30th January, then THE FINAL RACE from 550km (342 miles) on Saturday 6th February 2016. The 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 Prize Money will only count in races of 50km (31 miles) and over.

All the United Kingdom Team fanciers/entrants and syndicate shareholders will be kept up to date with weekly “NEWSLETTERS” plus any of them or in fact anybody 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 during the 2015/16 race programme.

LIVESTREAM was once again available for TRAINING RACE 13 so I duly logged on at 06.15 (GMT) or 08.15 South African time and noticed after overnight and early morning rain there a cloudy sky and a not much breeze at the race lofts. The liberation was delayed until the rain belt cleared away, hence the later liberation. I thought the winning pigeons would take about one hour. I did not have to wait very long before the first gang of about 150 pigeons duly arrived at 08.48 bang on line and did a lap of honour before landing on the traps and loft 2, immediately they landed the tape recording was put on and these started to trap, within a few seconds of the arrival of the first gang another big gang of about 200 arrived, followed by two more gangs of aver 100 pigeons. All these pitched on the traps and race lofts and started to trap. Within a few minutes literally hundreds of pigeons were officially recorded by the Deister Electronic Clocking System. Once again some of the early pigeons did not trap very well because the journey did not take much out of them. The tougher the race and the further the distance the pigeons always seem to trap quicker.

TRAINING RACE 13 took take place on Wednesday 20th January from 76km (47 miles). The convoy were liberated at 07.50 in fine, overcast and cool conditions, with little to no wind at liberation but slightly assisting them on route and with a temperature at liberation of 17c (62f) and a reasonable race was anticipated. The temperature was expected to rise to a 30c (88f) during the afternoon but rain was also expected around 11 am and the heavy rain from about 16.00. Of course the majority of the pigeons liberated would be home and tucked up in the race lofts by the time the rain arrived.

CONGRATULATIONS for winning 1st OPEN goes to TEAM KESPOHL - NOTTEBAUM from GERMANY with their pigeon named ABACCUS 2 and bred by this partnership, which was officially clocked at 08.48.51.21 to record a winning velocity of 1402ypm (47mph). Then 2nd Tadlock - Rhodes from United States Of America, 3rd Club Team Germany - Annette+Heinz Missy from Germany, 4th Koopman Racing Team from Netherlands, 5th Penkin - Gaddin - Stander from South Africa, 6th Jan Hooymans - Hu Zhen Yu from Netherlands, 7th Bader M F Al-Jwesr from Kuwait, 8th Team Club Muensterland from Germany, 9th Hassain Alwatari from Kuwait, 10th SG Steffl from Germany, 11th Team Chattenfighter from Germany, 12th Bader Al-Elayaan from Saudi Arabia, 13th The Farriers from United Kingdom, 14th Maria Krempler from Austria, 15th Ute Neuhaus from Germany, 16th Nitu Robert Petre from Romania, 17th Fayez Q8 from Kuwait, 18th FD Lofts from Canada, 19th Bader Al-Sanafi from Kuwait and 20th Abdulla Bin Mathi from Kuwait. The top twenty in this result were separated by just 20.02 seconds and had 10 different countries represented in the top 20 and 13 different countries represented in the top 50, only 32.17 seconds away from the actual race winner.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 13th OPEN went to THE FARRIERS and with pigeon named FARRIERS HOPE, which was bred by BRIAN GREENLEY from MALTON and which was officially clocked at 08.49.07.21 just 20.02 seconds away from the actual race winner. Then 2nd UK, 41st Open Keeping Up With The Jones with pigeon bred by Robbie Jones from Southampton, 3rd UK, 46th Open Paul Smith Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and with pigeon bred by Jimmy Richards from Laindon, 4th UK, 79th Open Mark Gilbert GB with pigeon bred by Mark Gilbert from Southfields, Windsor, 5th UK, 84th Open Manchester Maestros with pigeon bred by John Crehan from Manchester, 6th UK, 109th Open Tadt with pigeon bred by Tadt Truszkowski from Melton Mowbray, 7th UK, 113th Open Oberholster Race Team with pigeon bred by Pieter Oberholster from Keysoe, 8th UK, 116th Open Lucky Devils Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and with pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 9th UK, 121st Open Bartley & Tweats with pigeon by this partnership, 10th UK, 129th Open Mr & Mrs Andy Mabin with pigeon bred by this partnership from Buckfastleigh, 11th UK, 141st Open Milly Loft with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 12th UK, 183rd Open Planet Brothers with pigeon bred by Gary & John Squibb from Noak Hill, 13th UK, 191st Open Hilamb and entered by Ken Ambler and Ron Hillcoat with pigeon bred by Ken Ambler from Keighley, 14th UK, 202nd Open Mr & Mrs Brian & Mavis Clayburn with pigeon bred by this great partnership from Ackworth, 15th UK, 223rd Open another for Lucky Devils Syndicate and with a second pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 16th UK, 237th Open Syndicate Lofts UK with a pigeon bred by Peter Fox from Bangor,
17th UK, 251st Open Shot In The Dark entered by Stewart Wight from Berwick-Upon-Tweed and with pigeon bred by Chainbridge Lofts, 18th UK, 272nd Open Woodhouse Lofts with pigeon bred by Nev Proctor from Brown Edge, 19th UK, 274th Open Zandy Dream Team, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with a pigeon bred by this syndicate, this pigeon is currently holding 1st UK Country Challenge Overall Averages after 16 races, 1st UK, 1st OPEN Grand Overall Averages after 16 races and 1st UK, 3rd OPEN Hot Spot Car Race Averages after 4 races with just one to go. This pigeon has already won over US$9,000 (£6,500) in this race series including 1st UK, 1st OPEN in the 2-Bird Average in HSCR2 and then 20th UK, 275th Open another for Planet Brothers with a second pigeon bred by Gary & John Squibb from Noak Hill.

THE UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGE WINNERS has 92 pigeons competing for a First Prize of US$3,800 (£2,715) after 16 races the standings are as follows:- 1st UK ZANDYS DREAM TEAM, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named ZANDYS CHOICE bred by this syndicate and with a total flying time 22.43.41.80 still leading this category by over 42 minutes. Then 2nd UK MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 23.26.00.93. Then 3rd UK LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named LUCKY BABE bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLEBOROUGH with a combined flying time of 23.45.14.77.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st IRELAND, 140th OPEN went to SAFET DURAN with his pigeon named BOSNIAN PREDATOR and bred by SAFET DURAN, which was officially clocked at 08.49.51.02, just 59.81 seconds after the actual race winner. Then 2nd Ireland, 192nd Open Pat Maher, 3rd Ireland, 196th Open Karl Donnelly, 4th Ireland, 217th Open James King, 5th Ireland, 227th Open Maurice O’Donnell and then 6th Ireland, 509th Open another for Safet Duran.

GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 13 showed 126 pigeons including 19 UK pigeons and no IRISH pigeon were entered with 408 Nominations and were flying for US$3,096.55c (£2,212) in Nominations. There were no UK winners.

REGIONAL UNITED KINGDOM NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 13 showed no pigeons were entered into this race.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES in the OPEN after 16 races are as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM from the UNITED KINGDOM, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named ZANDYS CHOICE which was bred by this syndicate with a combined flying time of 22.43.41.80 and still leading by nearly 5 minutes. Then 2nd OPEN goes to BARTOSZ MOREL from POLAND with his pigeon named ZOSIA and bred by BARTOSZ MOREL with a combined flying time of 22.48.08.39. Then 3rd OPEN goes to TEAM GSA from GERMANY with pigeon named RIHANA bred by HORST ZIKELI with a combined flying time of 22.52.08.99.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 16 races in the UNITED KINGDOM TEAM are as follows:- 1st UK, 2nd OPEN goes to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named ZANDYS CHOICE bred by this syndicate with a combined flying time of 22.43.41.80 and still leading by nearly 23 minutes. Then 2nd UK, 10th OPEN goes to SYNDICATE LOFTS UK with pigeon named CREAM bred by PETER FOX from BANGOR and with combined flying time of 23.06.41.72. Then 3rd UK, 26th OPEN goes to MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 23.26.00.93 and then 4th UK, 67th OPEN goes to LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named LUCKY BABE bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLEBOROUGH with a combined flying time of 23.45.14.77.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 16 races in the IRISH TEAM are as follows:- 1st IRELAND, 48th OPEN goes to MAURICE O’DONNELL with his pigeon named HALL and bred by MAURICE O’DONNELL with a combined flying time of 23.37.29.55. Then 2nd IRELAND, 134th OPEN goes to DYLAN & DANIAL BOYLAN with their pigeon named GLEN and bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 24.09.10.82. Then 3rd IRELAND, 138th OPEN goes to ROBBIE DALY with his pigeon named TURN UPTOWN DOLLY and bred by ROBBIE DALY with a combined flying time of 24.09.44.07.

More short training took place during the week giving these pigeons more confidence and experience to cope with what was in front of them.

Well, Saturday 23rd January 2016 was going to be the toughest test the pigeons have encountered so far and of course those that complete this race will then have a great chance to compete in the FINAL RACE on Saturday 2nd February 2016 from Douglas a distance of 550km (342 miles), when somebody, somewhere will become a World Champion overnight. The pigeons were basketed on Friday and driven to the race point but unfortunately the weather on Saturday morning was not good so after a few hours of steady rain and a not better weather report for the Sunday it was decided by the Race Committee to bring the pigeon back to the lofts in Linbro Park. The weather for Monday 25th January 2016 looked excellent and the pigeons were once again basketed on Sunday and returned to the race point for their toughest task so far. This once again shows fanciers around the world that the SAMDPR think of your pigeon first.

LIVESTREAM was once again available for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 but just after I logged on at 07.05 (GMT) or 09.05 South African time. The transmission showed a lovely morning in Linbro Park, clear blue sky and a few fluffy clouds and a light breeze. I thought about three and a half hours for the 341km (212 mile) journey. Earlier than expected at 09.14 about 40 pigeons were seen approaching the lofts, they swung round and hit the lofts and as they did another small group of about 15 pigeons, then a single pigeon arrived followed by 5 more and then a short gap small gang of about 20 pigeons bang on line, they flew round the lofts and hit the trapping area, they did not hang around to trap and as they did another gang of about 25 pigeons landed followed by another gang of around 50 arrived bang on line, flew round the lofts and landed and they started to move towards the traps. These were followed by more small gangs bang on line and they hit the top of the lofts. The trapping this morning was excellent and those that went in first won the major spoils. Within a few minutes there were hundreds of pigeons waiting to be clocked by the Deister Electronic Clocking System.

HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 was finally held on Monday 25th January 2016 from 341km (212 miles) and this would be their toughest test so far and the convoy were liberated at 06.00 with a light tail wind at liberation and a temperature of 18c (64f) at liberation an a fairly fast race was anticipated. The weather forecast was for a good day rising to 30c (88f) as the day progressed with late afternoon rain and thunderstorms from about 14.00 onwards. Hopefully, most of the pigeons would be tucked up in the lofts by then.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st OPEN goes to WILFON - RHODES from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with his pigeon aptly named CAR WINNER2 bred by KENNY RHODES/PROTÉGÉ LOFT, which was officially clocked at 09.14.36.00 to record a winning velocity of 1914ypm (65mph). Then 2nd Millys Loft from United Kingdom, 3rd Partridge Family Loft from United States Of America, 4th PJ Pigeons Team from Slovakia, 5th Team Didden - Ledder from Belgium, 6th Team Komm Hans, Komm from Germany, 7th Guenter Goetz from Germany, 8th Team Hooymans from Netherlands, 9th Fahad Bin Jameai from Kuwait, 10th Lucky Devils Syndicate from United Kingdom, 11th Ken Easley from United States Of America, this outstanding pigeon named MUKIWAhas won 1st ACE PIGEON HOT SPOT AVERAGES & the US$5,000 (£3,570) cash prize with 165th HSCR1, 3rd HSCR2, 136th HSCH3, 21st HSCR4 and now 11th HSCR5, 12th Team Peter u Bianca Kocks from Germany, 13th George Oswald from Germany, 14th Dennis Martinen from United States Of America, 15th Connett - Meeks from United States Of America, 16th Van Heerden Kruger Loft from Canada, 17th Carlton Kroese and Crazy Al from United States Of America, 18th Team Soepboer from Netherlands, 19th Bacula Danut + Serafin from Romania and 20th FD Lofts from Canada. The top twenty were separated by just 12.50 seconds and had 9 different countries represented in this result with 12 different countries represented in the top 50 and these were just 46.16 seconds apart.

THE BRAND NEW MOTOR CAR was won by the 1st OPEN winner and that was WILFON - RHODES from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with their pigeon aptly named CAR WINNER2 which was also bred by KENNY RHODES/PROTÉGÉ LOFTS. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR BY WINNING A NEW CAR.

The 19 x US$1,000 (£785) CASH PRIZES for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 were won by positions 2nd to 20th and all have been mentioned in the Open result with just one United States Of America pigeon in 17th position NOT-ACTIVATED, so this US$1,100 (£745) was won by the pigeon in 20th position. This is the first time this year’s race series that all the top 20 pigeons were ACTIVATED. A total of 15 pigeons that should of won US$1,100 (£785) Cash Prize, plus one pigeon that should have won a Brand New Motor Car that were NOT-ACTIVATED so were not eligible to win the prize. It just goes to show, if they are still in the lofts, then they should be ACTIVATED.

HOT SPOT CAR RACE ACE PIGEON AVERAGES after five races is as follows and wins the US$5,000 (£3,570) FIRST PRIZE is as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to KEN EASLEY from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with his with pigeon named MUKIWA and bred by KEN EASLEY with a combined flying time of 13.54.03.31, this pigeon has won 165th, 3rd, 136th, 21st and now 11th OPEN in the five races that count, a truly remarkable pigeon. Then 2nd OPEN goes to SHEIKH ABDULLA MOHAMMAD AL THANI from QATAR with his pigeon named MUMAIAZ and bred by this fancier with a combined flying time of 14.00.24.71, this pigeon has won 11th, 38th, 145th, 101st and now 87th OPEN in the five races that count. Then 3rd OPEN goes to SAAD AL ABHOUL from KUWAIT with his pigeon named HOFEN and bred by this fancier with a combined flying time of 14.05.46.81, this pigeon has won 10th, 67th, 30th, 254th and now 481st OPEN in the five races that count. Then 4th OPEN goes to GRAY FOX HARMS from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with pigeon named PETER VO’S LEGACY bred by this establishment with a combined flying time of 14.06.17.25, this pigeon has won 134th, 462nd, 9th, 65th and now 369th OPEN in the five races that count. Then 5th OPEN goes to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM from UNITED KINGDOM administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named ZANDYS CHOICE bred by this syndicate and with a combined flying time of 14.09.50.06, this pigeon has won 63rd, 7th, 84th, 236th and now 657th OPEN in the five races that count. This outstanding pigeon is also holding onto 1st UK, 1st OPEN in the GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 17 races that count in this competition. The best IRISH pigeon took 1st IRELAND, 106th OPEN goes to ROBBIE DALY with his pigeon named TURN UPTOWN DOLLY bred by ROBBIE DALY with a combined flying time of 14.38.43.89.

TWO PIGEON TEAM AVERAGE FOR HSCR5 is 1st GERMANY, 1st OPEN plus US$2,000 (£1,428) was won by ANNELIESE ZIKELI (TEAM 1) from GERMANY with two pigeons named RIHANA which took 35th OPEN and FOREVER LOVE which took 134th OPEN both being bred by ANNELIESE ZIKELI with a combined velocity of 57.480 m/s. Taking 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 4th OPEN was MILLYS LOFT (TEAM 2) with two pigeons named MR DUNDEEE which took 41st OPEN and MRS DUNDEE which took 170th OPEN both bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined velocity of 57.416 m/s. Taking 1st IRELAND, 69th OPEN was SAFET DURAN (TEAM 2) with two pigeons named BOSNIAN KNIGHT which took 83rd OPEN and BOSNIAN FIGHTER which took 855th OPEN both bred by SAFET DURAN with a combined velocity of 54.633 m/s.

THREE PIGEON TEAM AVERAGE FOR HSCR5 is 1st UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1st OPEN plus US$3,000 (£2,143) was won by RICKYRACERS (TEAM 1) for UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with three pigeons named VIMANA2 which won 116th OPEN, MAGONIA which won 118th OPEN and MONTAG which won 258th OPEN all bred by JOE COLUCCI with a combined velocity of 84.798 m/s. Taking 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 3rd OPEN was MILLYS LOFT (TEAM 1) with three pigeons named RED DUNDEE which won 2nd OPEN, DOWN UNDER which won 942nd OPEN and CROC BITE which won 1,410th OPEN all bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined velocity of 78.227 m/s. Taking 1st IRELAND, 46th OPEN was PHILIP & MARK SMITH (TEAM 5) with three pigeons named MICHAELAS CHOICE which won 295th OPEN, DARCEYS CHOICE which won 1,266th OPEN and DEVINS CHOICE which won 1,873rd OPEN all bred by PHILIP & MARK SMITH with a combined velocity of 67.701 m/s.

THE KNOCKOUT COMPETITION and its 1st Prize of US$25,000 (£17,857), all entries had to be paid for prior to basketing for the 1st HOT SPOT CAR RACE. This great competition offers the following conditions and one lucky winner will walk away with “THE POT OF GOLD” after the FINAL RACE. The rules are as follows:- This competition will take place over the last four Hot Spot Car Races and the Final Race. As mentioned earlier only entered and fully paid before basketing of HSCR1 are eligible. Should any Hot Spot Car Race be cancelled then one of the Training Races prior to the Final Race will be used to calculate the next round’s pigeons. This year there was a total of 2,114 pigeons entered, with 1,984 International pigeons which included 176 pigeons from the United Kingdom, 35 pigeons from Ireland, plus there were 130 South African pigeons in the total. KNOCKOUT ROUND 1 took place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 2 and 1,375 (65%) of the entered pigeons returning from this race moved forward to the next round. This total contained 1,273 International pigeons which included 111 pigeons from the United Kingdom, 23 pigeons from Ireland plus 102 pigeons from South Africa. KNOCKOUT ROUND 2 took place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 3 and 756 (55%) of the entered pigeons moved forward to the next round. It was revealed that 701 International pigeons including 57 from the United Kingdom and 12 from Ireland and 55 from South Africa pigeons went through to the next round. KNOCKOUT ROUND 3 took place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 4 and 265 (35%) of these entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. It has now been revealed after HSCR4 the 265 pigeons that have gone through to the next round are as follows:- 248 INTERNATIONAL pigeons, which include 17 from the UNITED KINGDOM and 4 from IRELAND and 17 pigeons from SOUTH AFRICA. KNOCKOUT ROUND 4 took place on HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 and then only 53 (20%) of these entered pigeons will move forward to the next round. It has now been revealed that the 53 pigeons that went through are as follows:- 1 from Australia, 2 from Belgium, 1 from Canada, 2 from Czech Republic, 8 from Germany, 10 from Kuwait, 5 from Netherlands, 1 from Poland, 1 from Puerto Rico, 1 from Qatar, 1 from Romania, 1 from Slovakia, 3 from South Africa, 4 from United Kingdom and 9 from United States Of America. KNOCKOUT FINAL ROUND will take place on THE FINAL RACE on SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2016 and the first of the remaining KNOCKOUT PIGEONS clocked will win the US$25,000 (£17,857) “POT OF GOLD”. AS I AM SURE YOU CAN ALL REALISE THIS IS A REALLY A TOUGH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION THAT CREATES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EXCITEMENT THROUGHOUT THE RACE SERIES AND AFTER 5 TOUGH HOT SPOT CAR RACES AND OF COURSE THE FINAL RACE THERE IS JUST ONE WINNER.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 2nd OPEN went to MILLYS LOFT with his pigeon named RED DUNDEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE which was officially clocked at 09.14.37.71 just 1.71 seconds away from the actual race winner and from winning the Brand New Motor Car. Then 2nd UK, 10th Open Lucky Devils Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough,
3rd UK, 29th Open Mr & Mrs Andy Gregson from Preston, 4th UK, 30th Open Oberholster Race Team with pigeon bred by Pieter Oberholster from Keysoe, 5th UK, 33rd Open Trainspotters with pigeon bred by Mr & Mrs K. Wagstaff from the North East, 6th UK, 41st Open another for Millys Loft with a second pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 7th UK, 48th Open Paul Smith Syndicate, administered by Paul and with pigeon bred by Jimmy Richards from Laindon, 8th UK, 67th Open Guys Lofts Elite with pigeon bred by Graham Guy from Wolverhampton, 9th UK, 75th Open Dream Team Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with pigeon bred by Terry Robinson from Goffs Oak, 10th UK, 99th Open Manchester Maestros with pigeon bred by John Crehan from Manchester, 11th UK, 108th Open Smith - McAllister Syndicate, administer by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with pigeon bred by Bruce McAllister from Furneaux Pelham, 12th UK, 145th Open Syndicate Lofts UK with pigeon bred by Peter Fox from Bangor, 13th UK, 160th Open another for Syndicate Lofts UK with a second pigeon bred by Peter Fox from Bangor, 14th UK, 166th Open Lloyd & Kelly with pigeon bred by this partnership from Didcot, 15th UK, 167th Open Shot In The Dark enterby by Stewart Wight from Berwick-Upon-Tweed and with pigeon bred by Chainbridge Lofts, 16th UK, 170th Open another for Millys Loft with a third pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 17th UK, 210th Open Keeping Up With The Jones with pigeon bred by Robbie Jones from Southampton, 18th UK, 212th Open another for Oberholster Race Team with second pigeon bred by Pieter Oberholster from Keysoe, 19th UK, 214th Open Gribbles Choice with pigeon bred by Phil Bond from Torquay and 20th UK, 237th Open another for Millys Lofts with a fourth pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe.

The UNITED KINGDOM HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 COUNTRY CHALLENGE had 92 entries entered into this extra competition and the Prize Money was generated from these pigeons by a US$120 (£86) per pigeon entry fee and the winners were as follows:- 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 2nd OPEN and US$3,345 (£2,390) went to MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named RED DUNDEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE . Then 2nd UNITED KINGDOM, 10th OPEN and US$2,007 (£1,434) went to LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named LUCKY PEARL bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLEBOROUGH. Then 3rd UNITED KINGDOM, 30th OPEN and US$1,338 (£956) went to OBERHOLSTER RACE TEAM with pigeon named TRY AGAIN bred by PIETER OBERHOLSTER from KEYSOE.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st IRELAND, 83rd OPEN went to SAFET DURAN with his pigeon named BOSNIAN KNIGHT bred by SAFET DURAN, which was officially clocked at 09.19.48.60 just 5 minutes 12.60 seconds behind the actual race winner. Then 2nd Ireland, 295th Open Philip & Mark Smith, 3rd Ireland, 441st Open Joe Kennedy & Son,
4th Ireland, 496th Open Moran & Bowden, 5th Ireland, 513th Open Maurice O’Donnell and 6th Ireland, 527th Open Karl Donnelly.

GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 showed 497 pigeons were entered which included 53 UK and 5 IRISH pigeons and with a total 2,061 Nominations and a staggering US$31,253.65c (£22,325) was up for grabs and three United Kingdom fanciers with four pigeons won the following:- 2nd OPEN for MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE and winning US$3,060 (£2,186) for its efforts. Then 30th OPEN for OBERHOLSTER RACE TEAM from UNITED KINGDOM, with his pigeon named TRY AGAIN bred by PIETER OBERHOLSTER from the KEYSOE and winning US$646 (£462) for its efforts. Then 33rd OPEN for TRAINSPOTTERS with pigeon named BRIGHTON BELLE bred by MR & MRS K. WAGSTAFF and winning US$646 (£462) for its efforts. Then 41st OPEN another pigeon for MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred again by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE and winning US$1,020 (£729) for its efforts.

UNITED KINGDOM REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for this HOT SPOT CAR RACE 5 showed 11 pigeons were entered with a total of 72 Nominations and US$1,417.80c (£1,013) was up for grabs. There was two winners and they were 30th OPEN OBERHOLSTER RACE TEAM with pigeon named TRY AGAIN bred by PIETER OBERHOLSTER from KEYSOE which won US$355.30c (£254) for its efforts. Then 166th OPEN for LLOYD & KELLY with their pigeon named ON HIS OWN and bred by this partnership from DIDCOT which won US$1,062.50c (£759) for its efforts.

UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGES WINNERS and which has a First Prize of US$3,880 (£2,772) to the leading pigeon after the Final Race, this prize money was generated by 92 pigeons from the UK being entered at US$120 (£86) per pigeon entry fee and the current standings after 17 races are as follows:- 1st UK ZANDYS DREAM TEAM, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named ZANDYS CHOICE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and bred by this syndicate with combined flying time of 26.13.38.31 and leading this category by nearly 28 minutes. Then 2nd UK MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 26.41.10.24. Then 3rd UK LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named LUCKY HOTSPOT bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLERBOROUGH with combined flying time of 27.14.47.62.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES in the OPEN after 17 races are as follows and which carries three major cash prizes of 1st US$10,000 (£7,143), 2nd US$5,000 (£3,572) and 3rd US$2,500 (£1,786) for the three leading pigeon after the Final Race and the current standings are as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named ZANDYS CHOICE bred by this syndicate with a combined flying time of 26.13.38.31, currently leading by nearly 3 minutes. Then 2nd OPEN goes to TEAM BL from GERMANY with pigeon named MUGA bred by CAHRNSS with a combined flying time of 26.16.38.85. Then 3rd OPEN goes to TEAM NORDMANN from GERMANY with pigeon named ODIN T bred by RALF THEILER with a combined flying time of 26.18.54.14.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 17 races in the UNITED KINGDOM TEAM are as follows:- 1st UK, 1st OPEN goes to ZANDYS DREAM TEAM, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named ZANDYS CHOICE bred by this syndicate with a combined flying time of 26.13.38.31 currently leading by nearly 14 minutes. Then 2nd UK, 8th OPEN SYNDICATE LOFTS UK with pigeon named CREAM bred by PETER FOX from BANGOR and with a combined flying time of 26.27.31.23. Then 3rd UK, 17th OPEN goes to MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE and with pigeon bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 26.41.01.24.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 17 races in the IRISH TEAM are as follows:- 1st IRELAND, 103rd OPEN goes to JOE KENNEDY & SON with their pigeon named EUBANK bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 27.38.20.34. Then 2nd IRELAND, 105th OPEN goes to ROBBIE DALY with his pigeon named TURN UPTOWN DOLLY and bred by this fancier with a combined flying time of 27.38.58.53. Then 3rd IRELAND, 502nd OPEN goes to MAURICE O’DONNELL with his pigeon named HALL bred by this fancier with a combined flying time of 29.54.26.38.

The next race will be the penultimate race and it will TRAINING RACE 15 from 80km (50 miles) and should take place on Saturday 30th January 2016.

***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 at the time of going to press. If there are no details besides your winning pigeon/s then please contact me on 01279-812005 or 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 race results so your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

As mentioned earlier only races of 50km (approx. 31 miles) will count towards The 20th South African Million Dollar Overall ACE PIGEON Averages, which has a total of three superb cash prizes of US$10,000 (approx. £6,666), US$5,000 (approx. £3,333) and US$2,500 (approx. £1,666) for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in this category after the Final Race has been completed.

NOMINATION RACES will be held on numerous TRAINING RACES, started on TRAINING RACE 2 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 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. For HOT SPOT CAR RACES there will also be an optional US$200 Nomination. 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 credit then please forward funds to your Race Shipper so that this can 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.

***SPECIAL NOTICE*** 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” 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 you were unlucky enough to lose all your entries of 3 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 21st SAMDPR and all you have to pay is the official shipping/export costs to your Country Shipper.

This of course represents great value for your money. All pigeons go to every training toss and Saturday and Wednesday 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 actually took place on SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER 2015 from 130km (approx. 81 miles). The cost to “ACTIVATE” these “RESERVES or BACK-UP PIGEONS” is US$1,100 (approx. £750) (THIS MAY CHANGE SLIGHTLY DEPENDING ON CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE AT THE TIME OF ACTIVATION) but that will then entitle all these fully paid up pigeons to compete and be eligible to fly for all the extra cash prizes and special awards that amounts to close to US$300,000 (approx. £200,000). 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 get this money refunded (less about US$15 (£10) for bank charges) or you can have it added to 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. The race entry fee for The 19th SAMDPR was actually increased by US$100, up to US$1,100. However, all cash refunds will be at US$1,000 per paid pigeon, which will give the race organiser US$100 per pigeon towards the feeding, training and quarantine costs.
HOW MANY OTHER RACES IN THE WORLD OFFER THIS SORT OF OPTION TO COMPETITORS AND ENTRANTS?

***WHAT CAN BE WON DURING THIS 2015/16 RACE SERIES*** Prizes and awards now add up to a staggering US$1.8 Million American Dollars £1.2 Million Pounds) and these include 5 x Brand New Motor Cars, 1 for each of the 5 x Car Races, 95 x US$1,100 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 Cash Prizes for each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, a US$5,000 Car Race Hot Spot Ace Pigeon Award for the best pigeon in these 5 races, 5 x US$5,000 Country Cash Prizes on the Car Race Hot Spot 5, plus numerous other US$1,000 Cash Prizes, these prizes are for the first pigeon from each country in the result, the first five different countries take the US$5,000 prizes, then after that US$1,000 prizes. A Two Bird Average Competition and a US$2,000 Cash Prize in each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, A Three Bird Average Competition and a US$3,000 Cash Prize in each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, 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, 2nd US$5,000 and 3rd US$2,500 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 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). Then in the “FINAL RACE” on the 6th February 2016 there are also 10 magnificent platinum pendants to be won worth well over US$1,000 each and now over US$1 Million American Dollars in Prize Money and 300 cash prizes being on offer.

THE ZANDY MEYER MEMORIAL RACE & US$1,000 (approx. £645) 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. £55,000). (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.

PRIZE MONEY ALLOCATED TO THE 20th SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR FINAL RACE, “PLATINUM EDITION” ON SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2016 IS NOW AS FOLLOWS:- 1st US$150,000 (approx. £93,750), 2nd US$100,000 (approx. £62,500), 3rd US$75,000 (approx. £46,875), 4th US$50,000 (approx. £31,250), 5th US$40,000 (approx. £25,000), 6th US$25,000 (£15,625), 7th US$17,500 (£10,938), 8th US$15,000 (£9,375, 9th US$12,500 (£7,813), 10th US$15,000 (approx. £10,000), 11th/15th US$7,500 each (approx. £4,688), 16th/20th US$5,000 each (approx. £3,125), 21st/30th US$4,000 each (approx. £2,500), 31st/40th US$3,500 each (approx. £2,188), 41st/50th US$3,000 each (approx. £1,875), 51st/70th US$2,000 each (£1,250), 71st/100th US$1,750 each (£1,094), 101st/150th US$1,500 each (£938), 151st/200th US$1,250 each (£782) and then 201st/300th US$1,100 each (£688). (Subject to terms and conditions of entry). The actual cash prizes stated above represent exchange rates 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.

It is worth mentioning that six brand new cars have been won by fanciers representing the United Kingdom Team in the last seven years, Richard Elliott and Chris Gordon both won new cars during the 2005/6 race series and Paul & Dave McCarthy won one a new car during the 2006/7 series. During the 2011/12 race series fanciers from the UK won a staggering 3 x brand new cars and these were 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 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 cars during the 2015/16 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.star-pigeons.com www.pigeonpixels.co.uk www.theloftreport.com www.oneloftracing.com www.hitchcock-pigeons.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 21st SOUTH AFRICAN MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE has already been agreed and confirmed by the race organisers as SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2017.

I have just been officially notified that once again there will be a staggering FIRST PRIZE of US$200,000 (£138,000) and a SECOND PRIZE of US$125,000 (£87,000) and a THIRD PRIZE of US$75,000 (£52,000) and a FOURTH PRIZE of US$50,000 (£35,000), plus 296 other top cash prizes on offer for this prestigious 21st SAMDPR. The Prize Money allocated in the Final Race will still exceed US$1 MILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS (£690,000-00p) POUNDS STERLING. If you want more details then please contact Paul Smith by email or telephone, he will be only too pleased to forward you a full list of Prize Money on offer.

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 reglofts@aol.com and I will give you all the information you require. My two proposed shipping dates for THE 21st SAMDPR will take about the middle of MAY 2016 and then the second one should be around the middle of JUNE 2016. 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 AND ENTRANTS DURING THE 2015/16 RACE SERIES.

Paul Smith.
United Kingdom Race Team Co-ordinator/Shipper & International Race Co-ordinator for The 20th South African Million Dollar, “Platinum Edition” (The Greatest & Biggest One Loft Pigeon Race In The World Today! and also The Race With The Proven Track Record), which is due to be held at the Montecasino Complex, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday 6th February 2016. Regency Lofts Limited, 2, Highmead, off Coltsfield, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. CM24 8LJ. England. Telephone/Facsimile:- 01279-812005 (Int. Code:- +44-1279-812005). Mobile:- 07860-568216. Email Address:- reglofts@aol.com Skype Address:- talbot7944 Regency Lofts Web Site Address:- www.regencylofts.com The South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race Web Site Address:- www.samdpr.com

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