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Posted 30 January 2016 - 10:50 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 14 & 15.

We are now getting very close to THE FINAL RACE, which takes place from DOUGLAS 550km (342 miles) back to Linbro Park, Johannesburg 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.

All the United Kingdom Team fanciers/entrants and syndicate shareholders have been 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 14 so I duly logged on at 06.00 (GMT) or 08.00 South African time and noticed a cloudy sky and a not much breeze at the race lofts. 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 08.25 bang on line and did a few laps of honour before landing on 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 lofts and finally some 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 14 took take place on Wednesday 27th January from 76km (47 miles) slightly further than on the race programme. The convoy were liberated at 07.30 in fine and warm conditions, with little to no wind at liberation but slightly assisting them on route and with a temperature at liberation of 19c (66f) and a reasonable race was anticipated. The temperature was expected to rise to a 31c (90f) during the afternoon.

CONGRATULATIONS for winning 1st OPEN goes to HARMEET SINGH from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA with his pigeon named GREWALS’ RANI and bred by HARMEET SINGH, which was officially clocked at 08.26.50.71 to record a winning velocity of 1452ypm (50mph). Then 2nd Henning, Keller and Kornelius from Germany, 3rd Bartosz Morel from Poland, 4th Orlowski - Puzio from Poland, 5th Fayez Q8 from Kuwait, 6th Al-Abraq Loft from Kuwait, 7th Guys Lofts Elite from United Kingdom, 8th Christoph Mueller from Germany, 9th Lucky Devils Syndicate from United Kingdom,
10th Millys Loft from United Kingdom, 11th Bader M F Al-Jwesr from Kuwait, 12th Leo Heremans from Belgium, 13th Sheikh Abdulla Mohammad Al Thani from Qatar, 14th Cepero y Denis Loft from United States Of America, 15th Mr & Mrs Clayburn from United Kingdom, 16th another for Bader M F Al-Jwesr from Kuwait, 17th Andreas Moeller from Germany, 18th Peter Stephan from Germany, 19th Abdullah Bohaimed from Kuwait and 20th Team Club Muensterland from Germany. The top twenty in this result were separated by just 50.50 seconds and had 7 different countries represented in the top 20 and 9 different countries represented in the top 50, only 1 minute 08.11 seconds away from the actual race winner.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 7th OPEN went to GUYS LOFTS ELITE and with pigeon named DARK FLASH, which was bred by GRAHAM GUY from WOLVERHAMPTON and which was officially clocked at 08.27.17.96 just 27.25 seconds away from the actual race winner. Then 2nd UK, 9th Open Lucky Devils Syndicate administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 3rd UK, 10th Open Millys Loft and with pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe, 4th UK, 15th Open Mr & Mrs Brian & Mavis Clayburn from Ackworth, 5th UK, 45th Open Mark Gilbert GB from Southfields, Windsor, 6th UK, 64th Open Bartley & Tweats with pigeon bred by J+R Tweats, 7th UK, 65th Open another for Lucky Devils Syndicate with a second pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 8th UK, 79th Open Zandys Dream Team Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and with pigeon bred by this syndicate, 9th UK, 112th Open Lloyd & Kelly with pigeon by this partnership from Didcot, 10th UK, 120th Open Paul Smith Syndicate administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with pigeon bred by Jimmy Richards from Laindon, 11th UK, 133rd Open another for Lucky Devils Syndicate with a third pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 12th UK, 168th Open Pet Shop Boys & Girls enter by John Alderslade from Bridlington and with pigeon bred by Jimmy Richards from Laindon, 13th UK, 175th Open Orbital Lofts - NFC Winner and entered by Roger Lowe from Reading, 14th UK, 184th Open another for Zandys Dream Team with a second pigeon bred by this syndicate, 15th UK, 210th Open another for Lloyd & Kelly with a second pigeon bred by this partnetrship from Didcot, 16th UK, 223rd Open Ian Crammond & Nigel Langstaff with a pigeon bred by this partnership from Fontwell, 17th UK, 241st Open another for Mr & Mrs Brian & Mavis Clayburn from Ackworth, 18th UK, 285th Open a fourth pigeon for Lucky Devils Syndicate with another pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 19th UK, 337th Open Trainspotters with pigeon bred by Mr & Mrs K, Wagstaff from the North East
and then 20th UK, 345th Open another for Milly Loft with a second pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe.

THE UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY CHALLENGE AVERAGE WINNERS has 92 pigeons competing for a First Prize of US$3,800 (£2,715) after 18 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 27.17.35.49 still leading this category by nearly 34 minutes. Then 2nd UK MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 27.51.19.65. Then 3rd UK LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named LUCKY HOTSPOT bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLEBOROUGH with a combined flying time of 28.12.57.08.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st IRELAND, 21st OPEN went to KARL DONNELLY with his pigeon named MINNY and bred by KARL DONNELLY, which was officially clocked at 08.27.41.75, just 51.04 seconds after the actual race winner.
Then 2nd Ireland, 75th Open James King, 3rd Ireland, 171st Open Pat Maher, 4th Ireland, 228th Open Safet Duran, 5th Ireland, 257th Open another for Safet Duran and then 6th Ireland, 678th Open Maurice O’Donnell.

GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 14 showed 99 pigeons including 16 UK pigeons and no IRISH pigeon were entered with 345 Nominations and were flying for US$2,739.55c (£1,980) in Nominations. There were one UK winner as follows:- 7th OPEN GUYS LOFTS ELITE with pigeon named DARK FLASH bred by GRAHAM GUY from WOLVERHAMPTON that won US$1,283.50c (£924) for its efforts..

REGIONAL UNITED KINGDOM NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 14 showed 4 pigeons were entered with 28 nominations and were flying for US$639.20c (£460) and there was one winner taking 45th OPEN MARK GILBERT GB with his pigeon named GILBERT 1 and bred by MARK GILBERT from SOUTHFIELDS, WINDSOR which won US$639.20c (£460) for its efforts.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES in the OPEN after 18 races are as follows:- 1st OPEN goes to TEAM NORDMANN from GERMANY with pigeon named ODIN T bred by RALF THEILER with a combined flying time of 27.16.52.95. Then 2nd OPEN 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 27.17.35.49 just 43 seconds behind the leader in this category. Then 3rd OPEN goes to BARTOSZ MOREL from POLAND with his pigeon named ZOSIA and bred by BARTOSZ MOREL with a combined flying time of 27.18.31.96.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 18 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 27.17.35.49 and still leading by just over 14 minutes. Then 2nd UK, 8th OPEN goes to SYNDICATE LOFTS UK with pigeon named CREAM bred by PETER FOX from BANGOR and with combined flying time of 27.31.49.19. Then 3rd UK, 21st OPEN goes to MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 27.51.19.65 and then 4th UK, 41st OPEN goes to LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named LUCKY HOTSTOT bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLEBOROUGH with a combined flying time of 28.12.57.08.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 18 races in the IRISH TEAM are as follows:- 1st IRELAND, 97th OPEN goes to JOE KENNEDY & SON with their pigeon named EUBANK and bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 28.42.31.00. Then 2nd IRELAND, 99th OPEN goes to ROBBIE DALY with his pigeon named TURN UPTOWN DOLLY and bred by ROBBIE DALY with a combined flying time of 28.43.01.41. Then 3rd IRELAND, 597th OPEN goes to PHILIP & MARK SMITH with their pigeon named HOME FIRST and bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 32.00.17.18.

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LIVESTREAM was once again available for TRAINING RACE 15 which is the last Training Race before The Final Race and I logged on at 06.30 (GMT) or 08.30 South African time. The transmission showed a lovely morning in Linbro Park, clear blue sky and virtually no clouds and a light breeze. I thought the journey would take about 55 minutes for the 76km (47 mile) journey. Just later than expected at 08.59 just one pigeon swung round and hit the landing board and trapped like a rocket, then about 100 pigeons were seen approaching the lofts, they swung round and hit the lofts and as they did another group of about 100 pigeons, followed by over 100 more all bang on line, they flew round the lofts and hit the trapping area, as usual a few trapped and the others sat out. These were followed by more small gangs bang on line and they hit the top of the lofts. The trapping of the first pigeon this morning was excellent the best of the series so far and once again 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.

TRAINING RACE 15 took place on Saturday 30th January 2016 from 76km (47 miles) and the convoy were liberated at 08.00 with a light head wind at liberation and a temperature of 19c (66f) at liberation an a fairly fast race was anticipated. The weather forecast was for a good day rising to 33c (94f) as the day progressed. Hopefully, most of the pigeons would be tucked up in the lofts by then.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st OPEN goes to from HANS and EVERT-JAN EIJERKAMP from NETHERLANDS with their pigeon named RALLE bred by HANS and EVERT-JAN EIJERKAMP, which was officially clocked at 08.59.03.79 to record a winning velocity of 1402ypm (48mph). Then 2nd also went to HANS and EVERT-JAN EIJERKAMP from Netherlands 3rd Erich Mueller from Germany, 4th Henning, Keller and Kornelius from Germany, 5th Manchester Maestros from United Kingdom, 6th another for Manchester Maestros from United Kingdom, 7th Aldahoum Lofts from Kuwait, 8th Mohammad Al Fezeir from Kuwait, 9th Orlowski - Puzio from Poland, 10th Leo Heremans from Belgium,
11th Reinhard Gebhardt from Germany, 12th Martin Hetzel from Germany, 13th Joerg Zeiher from Germany, 14th Millys Loft from United Kingdom, 15th Yokoyama - Hermans from Belgium, 16th Klaus Wuestefeld from Germany, 17th Floridian Loft from United States Of America, 18th Georg Oswald from Germany, 19th Kodl + Frenzi Team from Czech Republic and 20th Al-Abraq Loft from Kuwait.

The top twenty were separated by just 1 minute 22.85 seconds and had 8 different countries represented in this result with 9 different countries represented in the top 50 and these were just 2 minutes 03.11 seconds apart.

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, 5th OPEN went to MANCHESTER MAESTROS with his pigeon named LISA LOVE bred by JOHN CREHAN from MANCHESTER which was officially clocked at 09.00.14.70 just 1 minute 10.91 seconds away from the actual race winner. 2nd UK, 6th Open another for Manchester Maestros with a second pigeon bred by John Crehan from Manchester, 3rd UK, 14th Open Millys Loft from Crewe, 4th UK, 42nd Open Keeping Up With The Jones with pigeon bred by Robbie Jones from Southampton, 5th UK, 47th Open Lucky Devils Syndicate, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from the Attleborough, 6th UK, 59th Open Ian Crammond & Nigel Langstaff with pigeon bred by this partnership from Fontwell,
7th UK, 61st Open Mr & Mrs Andy Gregson with pigeon bred by this partnership from Preston, 8th UK, 63rd Open another for Lucky Devils Syndicate with a second pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 9th UK, 78th Open Guys Lofts Elite with pigeon bred by Graham Guy from Wolverhampton, 10th UK, 79th Open another for Lucky Devils Syndicate with a third pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough, 11th UK, 104th Open Mark Gilbert GB and bred by this fancier from Southfields, Windsor, 12th UK, 107th Open Lloyd & Kelly with pigeon bred by this partnership from Didcot, 13th UK, 120th Open Zandys Dream Team, administered by Paul Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet with pigeon bred by this syndicate, 14th UK, 128th Open another for Manchester Maestros with a third pigeon bred by John Crehan from Manchester, 15th UK, 138th Open Guys Lofts and with a second pigeon bred by Graham Guy from Wolverhampton, 16th UK, 142nd Open another for Millys Loft with a second pigeon bred by Michael Mellor from Crewe,
17th UK, 151st Open another for Lucky Devils Syndicate with a fourth pigeon bred by Bob Fenech from Attleborough,
18th UK, 153rd Open Bartley & Tweats with pigeon bred by J+R Tweats, 19th UK, 167th Open another for Bartley & Tweats and with pigeon bred by Bailey + Proctor and 20th UK, 166th Open Dock FC with pigeon bred by Gary Jarvis from West Midlands.

CONGRATULATIONS on winning 1st IRELAND, 93rd OPEN went to PAT MAHER with his pigeon named JENNY ABU bred by PAT MAHER, which was officially clocked at 09.01.46.65 just 2 minutes 42.86 seconds behind the actual race winner. Then 2nd Ireland, 106th Open Safet Duran, 3rd Ireland, 144th Open Karl Donnelly, 4th Ireland, 157th Open Maurice O’Donnell, 5th Ireland, 163rd Open James King and 6th Ireland, 207th Open another for James King.

GLOBAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 15 showed 119 pigeons were entered which included 18 UK and no IRISH pigeons and with a total 404 Nominations and a staggering US$3,439.10c (£2,457) was up for grabs and there was no United Kingdom fanciers that won any money.

UNITED KINGDOM REGIONAL NOMINATIONS for TRAINING RACE 15 showed 7 pigeons were entered with a total of 43 Nominations and US$899.30c (£643) was up for grabs. There was just one winner and they were 63rd OPEN LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named LUCKY BABE bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLEBOROUGH which won US$899.30c (£643) 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 19 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 28.21.11.47 and leading this category by just over 38 minutes. Then 2nd UK MILLYS LOFT with pigeon named MR DUNDEEE bred by MICHAEL MELLOR from CREWE with a combined flying time of 28.59.32.89. 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 29.14.00.08.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES in the OPEN after 19 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:- at OPEN goes to BARTOSZ MOREL from POLAND with his pigeon named ZOSIA bred by BARTOSZ MOREL with a combined flying time of 28.19.37.46. Then 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 28.21.11.47, currently just behind the leader by 1 minute 33 seconds. Then 3rd OPEN goes to TEAM NORDMANN from GERMANY with pigeon named ODIN T bred by RALF THEILER with a combined flying time of 28.21.51.74.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 19 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 28.21.11.47 currently leading by just over 38 minutes. Then 2nd UK, 22nd 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 28.59.32.89. Then 3rd UK, 30th OPEN goes to LUCKY DEVILS SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named LUCKY HOTSPOT bred by BOB FENECH from ATTLEBOROUGH with a combined flying time of 29.14.00.08.

GRAND OVERALL AVERAGES after 19 races in the IRISH TEAM are as follows:- 1st IRELAND, 81st OPEN goes to ROBBIE DALY with his pigeon named TURN UPTOWN DOLLY bred by ROBBIE DALY with a combined flying time of 29.46.11.51. Then 2nd IRELAND, 97th OPEN goes to JOE KENNEDY & SON with their pigeon named EUBANK and bred by this partnership with a combined flying time of 29.54.50.95. 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 32.39.55.40.

The next race will be THE FINAL RACE from 550km (342 miles) and should take place on Saturday 6th February 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. £715) 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. £60,000). (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 (£38,600) cash prize. 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 (£142,000) and a SECOND PRIZE of US$125,000 (£89,000) and a THIRD PRIZE of US$75,000 (£53,000) and a FOURTH PRIZE of US$50,000 (£36,000), 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 (£714,000-00p) 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 IN THE FINAL RACE OF THE 2015/16 RACE SERIES. ONE LUCKY PERSON or SYNDICATE WILL BE CROWNED “WORLD CHAMPION”.

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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