Sun City Final race 28 January 2012 Newsletter
“INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE”
THE 16th SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR
(THE GREATEST PIGEON RACE IN THE WORLD)
(THE RACE WITH THE PROVEN TRACK RECORD)
PETRUSVILLE 578km (359 miles)
held on Saturday 28th January 2012.
The UNITED KINGDOM TEAM had a reasonable “FINAL RACE” result and had 24 pigeons on the day and won 47th, 51st, 60th, 72nd, 88th, 123rd, 145th, 147th, 159th, 169th, 195th, 199th, 204th, 205th, 240th, 263rd, 272nd, 275th, 281st, 296th, 308th, 313th, 316th & 320th OPEN. The IRISH TEAM also had a good race and had 3 pigeons on the day which took 31st, 110th & 131st OPEN. Only 381 gallant pigeons were officially clocked on the day in this fairly tough race and this total also included 18 x Non-Activated pigeons and 1 x Defaulter pigeon.
The actual weather conditions in South Africa throughout this 2011/12 race series have once again been a dominant factor as they are in most one loft races around the world, at times it had been incredibly hot and dry and then extremely wet and unsettled for prolonged periods. However the good news was that only one of the training tosses had to be cancelled because of inclement weather during the whole race programme, with the Zandy Meyer (Race Director) and Andre van Wyk and Dave van de Merve (Loft Managers), plus Corrie Naude (Trainer) always thinking and considering the pigeons first rather than just getting another training toss under their belts.
Last year we had the award winning filmmakers, brothers Craig & Jarrod Boord from Streamline Media (Fearless Films) based in Australia who followed pigeon fanciers from around the globe to make a character-driven feature documentary that fascinates as much as it educates. So they attended the 15th SCMDPR with a film crew to view to add parts of the Greatest & Biggest Pigeon Race In The World Today into a television documentary, which has name been name LITTLE RIPPER which shows how far people will go in the pursuit of an obsession. LITTLE RIPPER shines a light on the little known world of pigeon racing, where passionate, eccentric characters strive for glory and where birds just want to come home. This 76 minute documentary with its homespun tone, easy style and laconic humour is a highly accessible film resonates with audiences drawn to the passion, dedication and diversity of the characters involved. This original documentary and its quirky subjects will charm audiences and critics alike when it takes on the 2012 international film festival circuit. If you wish to view certain parts of this fantastic television documentary then please go to:-
where you will be able to view parts of this great film. There were over 22,000 viewings on YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK during the first few days of release.
For the 16th SCMDPR we had a very large German Film Company in attendance and they even brought over one of their favourite TV Stars AXEL PRAHL who plays the main part in this television documentary. They did a tremendous amount of filming during the race and all around Sun City Resort and I for one will be looking forward to seeing this film when it is finally released. As and when I find anymore out about a release date for this film I will forward full details on to the pigeon press for publication. What a year they picked to film such a documentary as the GERMAN TEAM dominated the Open result and won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 6th in THE FINAL RACE, which was a fantastic TEAM PERFORMANCE. No country has ever won the first four positions in any SCMDPR in the previous 15 years.
Sun City Resort and of course Sun International should be over the moon with these film companies coming to Sun City to film the SCMDPR, which actually gives them worldwide media and television coverage for all to see. Also when you take into account the thousands of VIDEOS and DVD’s that the SCMDPR have been produced during past 16 years on the SCMDPR and SUN CITY and then distributed literally all over the world, it must be the sort of advertising that any company or resort in the world would just love to have.
However, finally after numerous months of hard work and about 80 training tosses and twenty-seven (27) official races, which was made up by 22 Training Races and 5 Car Race Hot Spots plus two short non-qualifying training tosses and over 7,000km (approx. 4,350 miles) on the road, Thursday 26th January 2012 finally arrived for the basketing of the pigeons that were due to go to this truly prestigious International Pigeon Race. This outstanding team of top class pigeons supplied by some of the best fanciers in the world today had already undergone five testing Car Race Hot Spots from the end of November 2011 and were now in tip top form and ready for their twenty-eighth and final race in this 2011/12 race series. Fanciers and competitors were invited to the race lofts to enjoy a morning barbecue (braai) in the very warm conditions and watch the pigeons being basketed from the lofts. All the pigeons in the four lofts were finally loaded into the crates at the lofts by the loft staff and loaded onto the transporter on Thursday morning and were then ready to be taken to the massive air conditioned Superbowl for the race marking procedure. All the lofts were checked by myself and the loft staff to make sure they were completely empty before the transporter left for the Superbowl. The transporter arrived at the Superbowl at about 12-30 and the crates of pigeons were unloaded and then Zandy Meyer (Race Director) told everybody present what to do and what was expected from them. The race marking then started at about 13-00 and this is run by a team of four independent auditors who are all from E. COETZEE & KIE and nothing is left to chance, with every encapsulating ring carefully being removed for the first time since the pigeons arrived in Sun City, thus revealing the pigeon’s official ring number. The pigeon’s electronic ring is then passed over the electronic pad and scanned and the marker then reads the full ring number out to the person who is operating the computer, it is double checked against the computers database and then if all is correct, it then moves onto the next process which is having its official ring covered again by a special sticky label, which is supplied by the Auditors, then it is officially wing stamped and placed into one of the race crates. As the pigeons are scanned, the computer operator is also told by the computer when nineteen (19) pigeons have been race marked, that is checked with another person who is also doing a separate manual count, plus the sticky labels are also cut into the correct amount for each basket. So in essence there are three different checks before each basket is closed and sealed with nineteen (19) pigeons in each, which gives the pigeons plenty of room. With a great team of race markers from literally all over the world and four different marking tables, the actual race marking only took about five hours and the complete race marking was finally completed just before 18-00 with very few problems arising. A fantastic achievement once again and our thanks of course must go to all the fanciers concerned as without your help to race mark and basket these pigeons this massive task would have taken the Race Committee much longer to achieve. The general opinion of most of the fanciers I spoke to that had assisted us with race basketing in previous years was that the pigeons being basketed today were all in excellent condition and were ready for the task before them.
From an original world record breaking entry of over 7,000 pigeons from 37 different countries, a total of 3,479 pigeons were finally basketed for “FINAL RACE” and the race was due to take place on Saturday 28th January 2012 from Petrusville 578km (359 miles) and this total included 265 United Kingdom pigeons and 33 Irish pigeons. In this final total there were 166 pigeons that were “Not-Activated” and so all of these would not be competing for any of the allocated prize money. Also unfortunately, 15 pigeons were deemed not fit enough to be sent to the race by the veterinary officer Dr. Marthinus Hartman senior veterinarian from the University of Pretoria Veterinary Sciences and also Dr. Le Grange who is from the Bird and Exoctic Animal Hospital, either because of injuries, feather faults or smashed identity rings which of course meant they were not eligible to compete in the race. Included in this total was one United Kingdom and one Irish pigeon. These owners would all get a US$1,000 refund as their pigeon/s were not actually entered for the race. For the third time we also had two Inspectors and a Veterinary Surgeon in attendance from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and they seemed to be very happy with the way the race basketing went and they caused no problems during the actual race marking.
It was also a great pleasure to see that all bar 2 of the 37 countries that originally entered pigeons still had pigeons left in the race, which in itself is a remarkable achievement and these were made up as follows:- INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES totalled a record breaking 2,947 and the host country SOUTH AFRICA had 532 entries and this is a breakdown of actual original entries per country and in brackets what was actually sent to the Final Race AUSTRALIA 226, AUSTRIA 35, BAHRAIN 6, BELGIUM 245, CANADA 39, CHINA 3, CZECH REPUBLIC 89, DENMARK 106, FRANCE 4, GERMANY 812, HUNGARY 18, IRELAND 33, ITALY 22, KUWAIT 144, MALTA 8, NETHERLANDS 181, POLAND 98, PORTUGAL 2, PUERTO RICO 2, QATAR 11, REPUBLIC OF KOREA 10, ROMANIA 41, SAUDI ARABIA 10, SLOVAKIA 40, SLOVENIA 10, SOUTH AFRICA 532, SWAZILAND 1, SWEDEN 8, SWITZERLAND 14, TANZANIA 1, TURKEY 4, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 2, UNITED KINGDOM 265, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 451 and ZIMBABWE 6. Once again it was great to see quite a few new countries competing for the first time but as usual it was also a great shame to see quite a few countries not being able to enter because of Avian Influenza restrictions imposed by their governments or ministries. Hopefully, things will improve for the 2013 SCMDPR. It should also be mentioned that for the first ten years the actual race distance had been from 632km (393 miles) but the Race Organisers and Race Committee decided a few years ago to reduce the race distance to give more pigeons a chance to make it back to the lofts on the day of liberation and that has been generally accepted by pigeon fanciers all over the world as a very positive move.
After the basketing had been completed in record time and the pigeons were fed and watered, they were then loaded onto the transported in the Superbowl so they would be ready for their early start towards the race point early on Friday morning. The transported was sealed with special numbered seals and were then left to have a rest in the Superbowl guarded by special security guards from Falcon Security. We then all departed, the lights were switched off and the pigeons could rest and think about the task that was in front of them. It was then back to the Vista Bar in the Cascades Hotel which was buzzing and everybody was talking about the race and what they thought their chances were, after some considerable time and a few drinks everybody said their goodbyes and made their way to bed in the early hours of the morning.
Friday soon dawned and was a day for me of meeting people, meetings and setting up the SCMDPR Trade Stand and after a few hectic hours and meeting scores of old friends it was soon time to get ready for The Welcome Reception which was to be held in the spectacular Hall Of Treasures in Entertainment Centre, which started at 20-00 and which as usual had a fantastic buffet waiting for everybody to enjoy, the presentation of the food was as usual outstanding to say the least and once again Sun International did us proud, just like they have done in past years and as usual this was a casual function and was attended by about 500 fanciers. Zandy Meyer (Race Director) then told everybody present about the weather forecast for the Saturday plus he informed everybody in attendance that the pigeons would be liberated near Petrusville which was about 578 km (359 miles) back to Sun City. He wished everybody good luck and that it looked good for a great race and he thought it would be a fairly tough event and in his speech he also welcomed everybody to Sun City and told us all that Sun International were once again very proud to be hosting the 16th Sun City Million Dollar Pigeon Race and once again wished everybody good luck for the race tomorrow and said he looked forward to congratulating the 2012 SCMDPR winner tomorrow evening and hoped he would be seeing us all again next year. All the Country Race Shippers that were present were then called to the stage and presented with a gift from ASI for their efforts throughout the year, plus all the sponsors were called up and presented with a framed diploma for their support in the race. Zandy Meyer and Joan-e Holt then handed over all the awards and each person that was present then was called up to the stage and were all greeted with great applause. The function finally finished about 22-30 and people made their way back to the various bars to round off their day and once again the Vista Bar was packed to the hilt with pigeon fanciers and friends all hoping that tomorrow was going to be their special day. As the International Race Co-ordinator and one of the Official Shippers, I would like to personally thank all the Country and Regional Race Shippers for all their hard work and efforts over the years because without your help and assistance the race would never have got off the ground and would not be the fantastic success it is today. Everybody I spoke to about this function thought it was outstanding in every way, so let us hope the weather is good enough again next year to have this event in such fabulous surroundings.
I finally surfaced on Saturday morning and as I went down for breakfast and was informed that the convoy of pigeons were liberated at 06-35 in fine and clear conditions, with a fresh easterly wind of 18kph at the race point and a temperature of 20c or 68f, rising as the day progressed to around 28c or around 82f by midday in Sun City with a steady head wind. As the day progressed the temperature rose to over 30c or 88f with some light rain showers in different areas on their flightpath. So once again a reasonable race was anticipated and the Zandy Meyer (Race Director) and Corrie Naude (Trainer) Andre van Wyk, Dave van der Merwe (Loft Managers) thought the first pigeons would take about nine to nine and a half hours to complete their journey, which at nine hours would be around 40mph. The atmosphere at breakfast was electric and almost everybody I spoke to said how long do you think they will take and my response was nine hours and four minutes. My actual predicated arrival time was 15-39. Around the nine hour mark seemed to be a favourite with most fanciers and with breakfast over, it was now over to the Superbowl to see what was happening there and as usual it was packed and fanciers were all around the trade stands and buying products and gifts. On the two massive screens you could watch the liberation of the pigeons near to Petrusville earlier in the day and this of course created a lot of interest, also the screens were showing Google Earth and this showed the route the pigeons should be taking and this was the sixth time in Sun City that pigeon fanciers and guests could see what was actually happening on the two massive screens. THE SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE IS THE ONLY ONE LOFT RACE IN THE WORLD THAT OFFERS SUCH INFORMATION TO ITS ENTRANTS AND AS ANYBODY WILL TELL WHO WAS PRESENT, IT REALLY DOES ADD TO THE EXCITEMENT ON THE DAY. It was also great to see that the transporter staff had taken video clips of a small group of pigeons battling against the wind, just above the ground and transmitted it back to the Superbowl so fanciers could view it. In between all these clips and information, Alan Jordaan was updating people with the current weather forecasts and news that had been telephoned back to the organisers from the Convoyer on the returning transporter and Corrie Naude (Trainer) in the back up vehicle. KEEPING FANCIERS/ENTRANTS INFORMED HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE OBJECT OF THIS GREAT RACE. Before I left the Superbowl fanciers and guests were allowed to their tables where they could sit down and enjoy a superb lunch with some music and entertainment laid on, plus of course regular updates from Alan Jordaan on what was happening on route.
I finally left the Superbowl at about 12-30 to go to the lofts with Michael Holt and Pieter Saayman to greet a few other Country Race Shippers and Cornay Smit (Attorney), E. Coetsee & Kie (Independent Auditors), Peter Morey (Official Photographer) plus media and other photographers from all over the world that were going to watch the race transpire at the loft location in the hot afternoon sun. Once again the UNIKON ELECTRONIC CLOCKING SYSTEM (DEISTER) had been checked and the battery back-up system was connected and in place just in case we had a power cut or a big electrical storm. The camera crew were all set up and in position to film the winning pigeons arriving and all of this was being relayed direct into the Superbowl for the five to six thousands fanciers/guests/friends to watch live as the pigeons arrived at the lofts. A superb lunch was laid on for everybody at the lofts which was just what we all needed as most of us would be at the lofts until darkness fell and then as usual the excitement started to build as the predicted time of arrival got closer.
All the people at the lofts decided to have a R50 bet on “GUESS THE CLOCKING TIME OF THE WINNING PIGEON”, they asked me to go first and I put down 15-39, quite a few others put down earlier times and others of course put down much later times right up to nightfall. This always adds to the fun during the long day and we all had a laugh as each person passed the anticipated time of arrival and were then crossed off the list.
It was now 15-00 and the tension was building up as anything in the sky moved, then just after a few hours looking into the empty sky, all of a sudden I spotted a single pigeon approaching the lofts at about 15-31 (8 hours 56 minutes), slightly earlier than I expected and amidst great excitement the cameraman in the lookout tower zoomed in on the pigeon that was approaching the lofts and it hit the loft and trapped immediately now everybody was hoping that this pigeons was theirs, it was officially clocked at 15-31-16.01 and the computer screen in the control office at the lofts and the Superbowl very quickly revealed that the CONGRATULATIONS for winning the coveted 1st OPEN position belonged to TEAM RUHR - SCHINK representing GERMANY with their pigeon named RUBELLOS and rung DV01696.11.222, which recorded a winning velocity of 1178.70ypm or 64.66 kph (approx. 40.18 mph) and won a staggering US$200,000 (approx. £133,333). It was a great shame that the breeder was not present in Sun City to see their pigeon trap first to win the most prestigious international pigeon race in the world today and to be crowned as the current “WORLD CHAMPIONS” and all the German fanciers present were also very quickly being congratulated by all the other fanciers, entrants and competitors around them. This winning pigeon was of Janssen Brothers/Hofkens x Andre Roodhooft bloodlines and was like many other past winners of this great race, not really a form pigeon with positions 3860th, 3909th, 3455th, 553rd and 2305th positions in the five earlier Car Race Hot Spots, with its best position being 299th in the race series. However, on the day it was certainly the best pigeon and ended up being crowned THE SUPREME CHAMPION AND WELL DESERVED WINNERS. Two more pigeons arrived 3 minutes after the race winner and 2nd OPEN and runner-up went to TEAM SYLT 2000 – GOEBEL-VARNEY also from GERMANY with pigeon named SYLY ORPHEUS which was clocked at 15-34-27.56 and won US$120,000 (approx. £80,000), this syndicate also came 2nd OPEN a few years ago and always get some good positions in the Final Races, 3rd OPEN went to RUEDIGER SCHOENAU from GERMANY with their pigeon named LUKE DONALD which was clocked at 15-34-56.25 and won US$75,000 (approx. £50,000), 4th OPEN went to TEAM BRANDY from GERMANY with pigeon named RAGNER 2 which was clocked at 16-01-05.66 and won US$50,000 (approx. £33,334), 5th OPEN went to PENKIN SYNDICATE BELGIUM from SOUTH AFRICA with pigeon named QUEEN OF HEARTS and bred by SAVILLE PENKIN, which was clocked at 16-01-07.71 and won US$25,000 (approx. £16,667), 6th OPEN went to VOLKER GRASER from GERMANY with pigeon named MOONSHOT which was clocked 16-01-10.71 and won US$20,000 (approx. £13,334), 7th OPEN went to KAJ OG MICHAEL from DENMARK with pigeon named DK TINA which was clocked at 16-01-36.95 to win US$17,500 (approx. £11,667), 8th OPEN went to H and T SYNDICATE from AUSTRALIA with their pigeon named MR H which was clocked at 16-01-41.80 to win US$15,000 (approx. £10,000), 9th OPEN went to PAULS CONNECTIONS from SOUTH AFRICA with pigeon named BABY BLUE which was clocked at 16-06-38.15 and won US$12,500 (approx. £8,334), then 10th OPEN went to COMB WOLFSEN – DE RIDDER from NETHERLANDS with pigeon named SUNDREAM WIRRAMIRA which was clocked at 16-06-48.30 to win US$10,000 (approx. £6,667). All these top 10 pigeons all won one of the superb SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE GOLD MEDAL and had 35 minutes 33 seconds between them and the top ten pigeons were from 5 different countries represented. Then taking 11th OPEN went to ABDULLAH BIN JAMEAI from KUWAIT with NORA which was clocked at 16-07-19.11 and won US$7,500 (approx. £5,000), 12th OPEN to ABDRAB ALRASOL AL-OBAID from SOUTH ARFICA with OBAID 2 which was clocked at 16-11-01.16 and won US$7,500 (approx. £5,000), 13th OPEN went to WILHELM LINKE from GERMANY with COCKNEY which was clocked at 16-15-37.48 to win US$7,500 (approx. £5,000), 14th OPEN for HERBERT BRESSER from GERMANY with TIMO which was clocked at 16-15-52.58 to win US$7,500 (approx. £5,000), 15th OPEN for HENRIK MELDGAARD from DENMARK with DIDDE SOFIE 2 which was clocked at 16-16-25.88 to win US$7,500 (approx. £5,000), 16th OPEN for KAREL KLEMENS from CZECH REPUBLIC with OLA K and clocked at 16-16-51.48 to win US$5,000 (approx. £3,334), this fancier won 1st OPEN in the FINAL RACE in 2010 with pigeon named ALI and also won THE KNOCKOUT COMPETITION in the 2010 FINAL RACE, 17th OPEN for KOOPMAN RACING TEAM from NETHERLANDS with TUVOK clocked at 16-17-10.73 to win US$5,000 (approx. £3,334), 18th OPEN for J HOOYMANS from NETHERLANDS with pigeon CHAOS clocked at 16-18-48.26 to win US$5,000 (approx. £3,334), 19th OPEN for MDG SYNDICATE from BELGIUM with FLY FOR ROSES clocked at 16-19-24.06 to win US$5,000 (approx. £3,334) and then 20th OPEN went to LEIDEMAN - SPITHOVEN from NETHERLANDS with MAGGIE MAIDEN clocked at 16-19-40.51 to win US$5,000 (approx. £3,334). 21st OPEN for RA BAKKER and ZOON from NETHERLANDS,
22nd OPEN another for KOOPMAN RACING TEAM from NETHERLANDS, 23rd OPEN another for BROESAMLE - ZUZOLO from GERMANY, 24th OPEN for WERNER BUCHLOH from the GERMANY, 25th OPEN for TEAM STEFFI from GERMANY, 26th OPEN for CLUB DES XX from BELGIUM, 27th OPEN for HANS and EVERT-JAN EIJERKAMP from NETHERLANDS, 28th OPEN for BUNDYROCK from AUSTRALIA,
29th OPEN a third pigeon for KOOPMAN RACING TEAM from NETHERLANDS who once again had an outstanding race to follow up some fantastic results in past races and then 30th OPEN for KITCHENBRAND LOFTS from SOUTH AFRICA who won 1st OPEN in the 2010/11 SCMDPR. All these last ten competitors won $3,500 each (£2,334). Then we had 31st OPEN for PHILIP and MARK SMITH from IRELAND, 32nd OPEN for TONY KAN from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 33rd OPEN for RONNIE JNR + ROBERT SCOTT from SOUTH AFRICA, 34th OPEN for LOGAN OLD BOYS from AUSTRALIA, 35th OPEN for SI SE PUEDE FARM SYNDICATE from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 36th OPEN for TEAM SG JUNG - JUPID from GERMANY, 37th OPEN for TEAM OHIO from GERMANY, 38th OPEN for ROGER BONNETT from BELGIUM, 39th OPEN for WILDCARD SYNDICATE from BELGIUM, 40th OPEN for MOUSIES DREAM SYNDICATE from BELGIUM and purchased by MAURICE O’DONNELL from IRELAND, 41st OPEN for BLUE SAVANA SYNDICATE from SLOVAKIA, 42nd OPEN for WILHELM STOLL from GERMANY, 43rd OPEN for TEAM GERMANY - MARIEN from GERMANY, 44th OPEN for AHSAN KHAN from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 45th OPEN another for HERBERT BRESSER from GERMANY, who also won 14th OPEN in this same race, 46th OPEN for IVANA KODL from the CZECH REPUBLIC, 47th OPEN for LLOYD and KELLY from UNITED KINGDOM, this partnership also came 40th OPEN in the 2010/11 Final Race, 48th OPEN for JUERGEN STEFANISZYN from the GERMANY, 49th OPEN for KEVIN MALLEY from UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and then 50th OPEN for PARTNER SYNDICATE from AUSTRALIA. All these last twenty competitors won US$2,000 each (£1,667). It was interested to see that 6 different countries were represented in the top 10 and a total of 13 different countries represented in the top 50, which just goes to show that it really was a truly international race result.
As there was a total of 300 cash prizes on offer in this race that meant that pigeons from 51st right through to 300th OPEN would still win a good cash prize for making it home and a grand total of US$225,000 (approx. £150,000) was still to be won with 51st to 75th positions would all win US$2,000 (approx. £1,334 each), 76th to 100th OPEN positions would all win US$1,500 (approx. £1,000 each), 101st to 150th OPEN positions would all win US$1,250 (approx. £834 each), 151st to 250th OPEN positions would all win US$1,000 (approx. £667 each), plus 251st to 300th OPEN positions would all win US$500 (approx. £334 each), plus numerous other pools and nominations and I would just love to print the whole race result but of course space and time does not permit to publish all the gallant pigeons that were officially clocked, however if you want to see the full race result then please just log onto www.scmdpr.com and you can view every pigeon that was officially clocked in during this race. Another amazing fact was that from the 37 different countries that originally entered pigeons into the race only a few actually failed to get a pigeon in the top 300 cash prizes and most of these were countries with very small entries. All the 300 cash prizes were taken by 19-04 and a total of 381 pigeons had been officially clocked by 21-52 on the day.
When Sunday morning dawned the first pigeon clocked was an Belgium pigeon at 05-31-10 and the pigeons just fell out of the sky for most of the day and by 19-18 on Sunday evening a total of over 2,017 pigeons had actually been officially clocked, plus numerous Non-Activated pigeons. By nightfall on Monday a grand total of over 2,180 pigeons had been officially clocked and the general condition was excellent. Over the next few days quite a few more pigeons returned to the lofts in Sun City and before I left South Africa a total of 2,415 pigeons had been officially clocked. This total was made up 2,075 International pigeons, which included 184 United Kingdom and 28 Irish pigeons, plus 340 South African pigeons clocked. Quite a few more pigeons will of course home during the next few weeks which should take the total to just over 2,500 pigeons, which for a one loft race is an excellent result. As usual the loft staff will leave the Unikon Clocking System on and this will still record late arrivals. Of course numerous more updates will be available for all to see on the SCMDPR web site. Anybody wanting to study the Race Result in more depth can log onto www.scmdpr.com and hit the “RESULTS & LISTINGS” section and get all the information they require. One thing that I find quite amazing is that from the 166 pigeons that were Not-Activated prior to the race, a total of 130 of these had made it back to the lofts which is a 78.313% return rate. Of the Activated pigeons the return rate worked out at just over 67% of those sent to the race. Both these figures show the quality of the pigeons entered and I do not know of any other one loft race in the world that can proudly quote such a high return rate. WELL DONE TO THE RACE ORGANISERS FOR GIVING PIGEON FANCIERS ALL OVER THE WORLD A RACE IN WHICH ALL PIGEONS HAD AN EQUAL CHANCE TO MAKE IT BACK TO THE LOFTS IN SUN CITY. IT JUST GOES TO PROVE ONCE AGAIN THAT IF THE PIGEONS ARE GIVEN THE PROPER TRAINING THEY WILL DO THEIR LEVEL BEST TO MAKE IT BACK TO BASE CAMP WHICH OF COURSE IS THEIR HOME.
The team of auditors from E. COETZEE & KIE led by JAKKIE VAN NIEKERK are present at the lofts to make sure everything is done correctly and then after the pigeons have homed and had time to of had some food and of course a drink, the loft staff then catch them and basket them and then they are brought to the auditors to check the ring numbers but before this can be done the sticky plastic ring cover that is put on at the race marking to hide the identity of the country ring is removed so that they can read the ring number and confirm with the database this pigeon actually was basketed and competed in the Final Race plus of course they also make sure they are all carrying the auditors wing stamp that was put on when they were basketed in the Superbowl. At the same time this checking is being done the first 100 pigeons home have a new plastic numbered (1 to 100) ring put on their leg to state which position each pigeon had taken in the Final Race. This of course also helps early on Sunday morning when the pigeons have to be basketed again for the auction, all that happens then is you just look at the number on the plastic ring and that shows which auction pen it has to be put into, which of course saves a lot of valuable time. The auditors have to stay at the lofts until dark as every pigeon that make it home in the top 300 has to be checked against the database before any prize money is actually handed over to fanciers or entrants. Also CORNAY SMIT (ATTORNEY) places the first three pigeons home in the race in show pens with a paper base and early the next morning the droppings from each of these pigeons is collected and put into special glass files and then sent off for dope testing. ALL THIS IS DONE, SO THAT FANCIERS/COMPETITORS and ENTRANTS know that everything is above board with all aspects of this great race. WELL DONE LADS, YOU REALLY DO A GREAT JOB.
It was now time to attend the PRIZE PRESENTATION & DINNER in The Royal Ballroom at 20-00 and as I entered the room it looked stunning with a wonderful buffet set up on two sides. As soon as people were sitting down at their tables Zandy Meyer (Race Director) gave a short speech about the very tough race and stated that 381 pigeons had been officially clocked and he was sure many more would work back during Sunday and the next few days. It was now time to present the prizes and as Zandy Meyer read out the prize winners name the appropriate award was handed over by Joan-e Holt and the winners started to arrive at the stage to collect their awards. Starting off at tenth prize and working down to the actual race winner, all as listed above in the race result and all were applauded to the stage to get their awards, trophies and Gold Medals.
However, as we all know there is only one winner and today this was the TEAM RUHR - SCHINK from GERMANY with their great pigeon named RUBELLOS and owned and entered by this partnership were then called to the stage to collect the coveted Winners Jacket, Winners Trophy, Gold Medal and a massive cheque for US$200,000 (approx. £133,334), amidst tremendous applause. Unfortunately, these fanciers were not present so WILLI VAN BEERS the GERMAN RACE SHIPPER was called to the stage to collect all the prizes this great pigeon had won. Many fanciers were congratulating the all the winners as they returned to their tables, which is usual in an International Pigeon Race of this standing. Numerous other awards were also handed out to Joan-e Holt, Marion Branford, Andre van Wyk, Dave van der Merve, Corrie Naude, Michael Holt and Peiter Saayman for all their hard work and efforts throughout the 2011/12 race series. Also all the other Loft Staff were personally thanked for all their efforts throughout the year. Then Paul Smith who is the United Kingdom Race Team Shipper & International Race Co-ordinator was called to the stage and asked to present a “Special Award” to Zandy Meyer (Race Director) for all his hard work and effort he had put into this race since day one. This award was also greeted by tremendous applause. Then as soon as the presentation was finished the dancing started to a wonderful girl group and continued until midnight. The good news this year was that I did not have to go back to the lofts at midnight or have to worry about getting up bright and early on the Sunday morning because all the major cash prizes had been won on the day.
CONGRATULATIONS for taking 1st UNITED KINGDOM, 47th OPEN & US$2,500 Prize Money (approx. £1,667) and “FLYING THE FLAG” for the UNITED KINGDOM went to LLOYD and KELLY from DIDCOT with their good pigeon NED KELLY, which also picked up US$6,596 (approx. £4,398) Global Nomination and which was bred by Paul Kenny & Vendel Segesdy from Didcot and was actually clocked at 16-41-03.14, this same partnership also won 40th Open in the 15th SCMD Final Race, 2nd UK, 51st Open & US$2,000 (approx. £1,334) went to N+A EVANS and CUTHBERT from WOLVISTON with pigeon named BURNTOFT JAY, also winning US$646 (approx. £431) in the Global Nominations, these fanciers had another outstanding race series, also winning a Brand New Motor Car in Car Race Hot Spot 1 with their pigeon Burntoft Sydnee and US$1,000 Cash Prize, 3rd UK, 60th Open & US$2,000 (approx. £1,334) went to R + P MONTILA with pigeon named SOLITAIRE SUPER V bred by this partnership from Everton, Near Sandy, this pigeon also won US$646 (approx. £431), these fanciers also had a great race series and won a Brand New Motor Car in Car Race Hot Spot 2 and US$1,000 Cash Prize with this same pigeon, 4th UK, 72nd Open & US$2,000 (approx. £1,334) went to WOODHOUSE LOFTS with pigeon named WOODHOUSE SUPER POOPER bred by Nev Proctor from BROWN EDGE, Nev won 8th Open in the Final Race a few years ago winning a Gold Medal, 5th UK, 88th Open & US$1,500 (approx. £1,000) went to SYNDICATE LOFTS UK with pigeon named RED NECK bred by PETER FOX from BANGOR, who always flies a good pigeon in these races, he also won 6th Open in the Final Race a few years ago winning a Gold Medal, 6th UK, 123rd Open & US$1,250 (approx. £834) went to PORTER BROTHERS with pigeon named GEORGE which was bred by this partnership from LIVERPOOL, these guys also had a great pigeon named Liverpool Lass a few years ago that won 3 x 1st UK in the race series, 7th UK, 145th Open & $1,250 (approx. £834) went to MANCHESTER MAESTROS with pigeon named SPANISH IDENTITY, which also won US$2,550 (approx. £1,700) Global Nomination, this pigeon is also the nestmate to PLUTOLOGY and both bred by CREHAN & O’CONNOR from MANCHESTER, what can one say about this partnership during this race series, I can only think of one word EXCEPTIONAL, they have won about US$25,000 (approx. £17,000) in Nomination Money, Car Race Hot Spots Cash Prizes and now well up in the Final Race, plus PLUTOLOGY sold for a vast amount of money when it was auctioned in South Africa after the race, see further down for details about this fantastic pigeon, 8th UK, 147th Open & US$1,250 (approx. £834) went to PACKER and CLARKE from GRAYS with pigeon named HANKS DESTINY, this partnership also had a reasonable race series, 9th UK, 159th Open & US$1,000 (approx. £667) went to SMITH-McALLISTER SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with pigeon named SUPERSONIC bred by BRUCE McALLISTER from FURNEAUX PELHAM, who usually manages to get a good pigeon in the Final Race, 10th UK, 169th Open & US$1,000 (approx. £667) went to CARLOS DREAM SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET with pigeon named CARLOS DREAM and bred by JOS REILLY from DUBLIN, this pigeon was bred specially for this syndicate as a tribute to the late Carlo Napolitano who was The Loft Manager to Her Majesty The Queen, who unfortunately died in early May 2011. Pigeons similarly bred to this great pigeon have now successfully flown the Final Race four times in the past few years. Thanks again Jos for breeding such a superb pigeon for this great cause, 11th UK, 195th Open & US$1,000 (approx. £667) went to PREMIER STUD UK SYNDICATE, administered by PAUL SMITH from STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET and with a pigeon named PREMIER DIAMOND bred by PREMIER STUD from PATRINGHAM HAVEN, this great pigeon flew exceptionally well in this race series and won 21st Open in Car Race Hot Spot 1 and won US$1,000 Cash Prize, then 10th Open in Car Race Hot Spot 5 and US$1,000 Cash Prize, plus US$1,000 Country Challenge Cash Prize, the 195th Open in the Final Race and yet another US$1,000 Cash Prize, 12th UK, 199th Open & US$1,000 (approx. £667) another for SYNDICATE LOFTS UK with pigeon named PIPER again bred by PETER FOX from BANGOR, as mentioned above Peter always exceeds in these races and won a Gold Medal a few years ago for 6th Open, 13th UK, 204th Open & US$500 (approx. £334) another for LLOYD and KELLY with pigeon named SUN PRINCESS and once again bred by EAMON KELLY from DIDCOT, who had a great race this year to add to his pigeon won 40th Open on the day last year when only about 50 made it on the day, 14th UK, 205th Open & US$500 (approx. £334) went to THE LIVER BIRDS from LIVERPOOL with pigeon named DREAM ON, bred by J + L. DAVISON, Lee and Lindsey were present in Sun City to watch their pigeon arrive which had been flying really well in the run up to this Final Race, 15th UK, 240th Open & US$500 (approx. £334) another for N+A EVANS from WOLVISTON, with pigeon named BURNTOFT EMERALD, who as mentioned above have had a really great race series, 16th UK, 263rd Open & US$500 (approx. £334) for D. GRUZELIER with pigeon named MUNKIN, 17th UK, 272nd Open & US$500 (approx. £334) another for PACKER and CLARKE from GRAYS with pigeon named GRANDE CANYON and bred by this partnership, who had a really good race series with their team of pigeons, 18th UK, 275th Open & US$500 (approx. £334) went to BRAMMER and NASHER with pigeon named MEFUKA and bred by FRANK BRAMMER from GLOUCESTER, who had also had pigeons to score quite a few positions in this race series, 19th & 20th UK, 281st & 296th Open & US$500 (approx. £334) each went to PIGEONS and BOXING with two pigeons named EVERTON and LILY AND PAUL and which were both bred by PAUL SMITH from ORMSKIRK, who is currently a Commonwealth Boxing Champion, who had four of his six entries still left in the race and got all four home which in itself is a remarkable achievement,
21st UK, 308th Open went to GLEN-SENSERS with pigeon named GLEN SENSER THREE, which was bred by Les Berry & Son from Leicester, 22nd UK, 313th Open went to KEN DARLINGTON from BARRY with pigeon named SUPREME ROYAL, this pigeon ended up 1st UK, 4th Open in the Sun City Overall Averages for the 28 race series and also picked up some Country Nomination Cash in the Final Race,
23rd UK, 316th Open went to FINGHALL LOFTS with a pigeon named FINGHALL YOUNG CHARITY and entered by KEITH THOMPSON from DONCASTER, which I believe was purchased by Keith at a charity sale, hence the name for this pigeon, 24th UK, 320th Open went to G and K JONES from AYLESBURY with their pigeon named AYLESBURY LASS, which had also flown well during this race series, they entered 3 pigeons and got two to the Final Race and both were clocked. A total of 184 United Kingdom pigeons returned home from the Final Race.
THIS WAS CERTAINLY ANOTHER OUTSTANDING UNITED KINGDOM TEAM RESULT AS WE ACTUALLY HAD 20 PIGEONS CLOCKED IN THE TOP 300 AND 24 CLOCKED ON THE DAY OUT OF 381 PIGEONS. THIS ONCE AGAIN SHOWS THAT NUMBERS DO COUNT AND OUR RECORD ENTRY OF 657 PIGEONS FROM SOME OF THE TOP FANCIERS AND LOFTS IN THE COUNTRY JUST ONCE AGAIN GOES TO PROVE THAT THE PIGEONS BRED IN THIS COUNTRY WILL PERFORM WELL AGAINST THE BEST IN THE WORLD TODAY.
WELL DONE to all the other members of the UNITED KINGDOM TEAM that got pigeons home on the Sunday and also during the next few days and whilst I would like to mention all of you in this International Press Release, space unfortunately does not permit me to do so. Anybody wanting to view the full list just has to log onto www.scmdpr.com and hit the Results & Listings button on the left hand side of the home page, then enter United Kingdom and hit the GO button, all the results will come up in front of you in order of how they were officially clocked.
CONGRATULATIONS for taking 1st IRELAND, 31st OPEN & US$2,500 Prize Money (approx. £1,667) and
“FLYING THE FLAG” for IRELAND went to PHILIP + MARK SMITH with their good pigeon named GAELIC GOLD, which was clocked at 16-33-05.98. 2nd Ireland, 110th Open for MAURICE O’DONNELL with his great pigeon named PANACKY PEET, which won US$1,250 (approx. £834), this pigeon flew its socks off and performances are mentioned below, 3rd Ireland, 131st Open went to GERY DALY – BEAUMONT BIRDS with pigeon named RYAN AIR 1, which won $1,250 (approx. £834), 4th Ireland, 444th Open another for MAURICE O’DONNELL with pigeon named PHARLAP, 5th Ireland, 636th Open for PHILIP & MARK SMITH with pigeon named SILVER WINGS which flew very consistently throughout the whole race series led the Irish Team Sun City Overall Averages for a few weeks in the race series and then 6th & 7th Ireland, 670th & 674th Open two more pigeons for MAURICE O’DONNELL with NISHOS RETURN and SUPERSTAR DJ. WELL DONE TO ALL OF YOU, IT WAS GREAT TO SEE THE IRISH FLAG COMING UP ON THE RESULTS. I would just like to say that MAURICE O’DONNELL travelled out to Sun City and really did have a fantastic time catching the sun, after day one he looked like a burnt lobster but on day two looked even worse (that will teach you to sit in the South African sun for to long). Maurice actually had a fantastic 2011/12 race series and actually won the Cascade Challenge and some Nomination Money, he also won 8 times 1st, 7 times 2nd, 5 times 3rd and 8 times 4th in the Irish Team, plus 1st, 11th, 13th, 56th, 61st, 62nd, 64th and 81st in earlier races in this race series, with his outstanding pigeon PANACKY PEET winning six of these top prizes and 5 times 1st IRELAND, plus a 1st OPEN and also won 1st COUNTRY PRIZE OF US$1,000 (approx. £667) in CAR RACE HOT SPOT 5. Maurice asked me to pass on his gratitude to all the United Kingdom fanciers that travelled out for the race because all of them made him feel part of the party. WELL DONE MATE ON A FANTASTIC RACE SERIES. A total of 28 Irish pigeons made it home from the Final Race.
IT WAS THE 5th AND FINAL ROUND OF THE VERY POPULAR “KNOCKOUT COMPETITION”, WHICH OFFERS A US$25,000 (approx. £16,667) FIRST PRIZE TO THE FIRST NOMINATED PIGEON CLOCKED IN FIFTH ROUND, WHICH ALSO TOOK PLACE DURING THIS “FINAL RACE” AND FROM AN ORIGINAL RECORD BREAKING 3,341 PIGEONS ENTERED NOW ONLY 84 WERE LEFT IN THIS COMPETITION AND THE UNITED KINGDOM STILL HAD 10 PIGEONS LEFT IN THE RUNNING. WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED THAT GOT PIGEONS INTO FINAL ROUND AND SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS GO TO THE WINNER WITH PIGEON NAMED SORAIA WHICH WAS ACTUALLY OWNED AND BRED BY TEAM SG JUNG-JUPID FROM GERMANY WHO FINISHED 36th OPEN, A FANTASTIC WIN FOR A VERY CONSISTENT PIGEON THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY WON 5th, 134th, 19th, 19th, 52nd, 34th, 49th, 16th, 87th and now 36th in THE FINAL RACE, this great pigeon also won two US$1,000 CAR RACE HOT SPOT CASH PRIZES.
THE SUN CITY ACE PIGEON GRAND AVERAGES had now been up and running for 28 races that counted and the final results this year for the 2010/11 race series were as follows:- 1st & US$10,000 (approx. £6,667) going to pigeon named CLIFF TWO bred by BROUGH – DR MEYER from the SOUTH AFRICA, winning by a clear 32 minutes and 21 seconds, performances of this great pigeon were as follows:- 69th, 10th, 80th, 22nd and then 80th in the Final Race, then 2nd & US$5,000 (approx. £3,334) going to MAGGIE MAIDEN bred by LEIDEMAN - SPITHOVEN from NETHERLANDS and then 3rd & US$2,500 (approx. £1,667) going to SISTER SARAH for JANCAN from CANADA. Great to see the first 3 positions in this category were pigeons bred by fanciers from different countries. I feel I must mention 4th which actually went to pigeon named SUPREME ROYAL and was bred by KEN DARLINGTON from BARRY, SOUTH WALES and was the first UNITED KINGDOM pigeon to be placed in this category. The UNITED KINGDOM competitors did exceptionally well in this classification and actually had 6 pigeons represented in the top 82 and 17 pigeons in the top 197. Our Irish counterparts had 2 pigeons in the top 247. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WINNERS.
In the US$1, US$2, US$5, US$10,US$20, US$50, US$100, US$200 & US$500 GLOBAL NOMINATIONS the total payout amounted to yet another record breaking US$83,170-80c (approx. £55,448-00p) and is only open for the original entrant or the person that purchased a Punter pigeon to be able to place a bet. The web site showed that a total of 803 pigeons, which included 63 pigeons from the United Kingdom and 11 pigeons from Ireland were entered and a total of 3,951 Nominations were actually placed on pigeons in this great race. UNITED KINGDOM pigeons in the results that won money and these were as follows:- 47th OPEN was LLOYD and KELLY from DIDCOT and their pigeon named NED KELLY won a cool US$6,596 (approx. £4,398), 51st OPEN for N+A EVANS and CUTHBERT from WOLVISTON with pigeon named BURNTOFT JAY who won US$646 (approx. £431), then 69th OPEN was R + P MONTILA from EVERTON, Nr. SANDY with SOLITAIRE SUPER VR which won US$646 (approx. £431), then 145th OPEN was MANCHESTER MAESTROS with SPANISH IDENTITY and bred by CREHAN & O’CONNOR from MANCHESTER and winning a very nice US$2,550 (approx. £1,700). IT WAS GREAT TO SEE A FEW UNITED KINGDOM FANCIERS PICKING UP A FEW OF THE NOMINATION PRIZES IN THE FINAL RACE. THE UNITED KINGDOM TEAM MEMBERS REALLY HAD A FANTASTIC RACE SERIES AND WON MANY NOMINATION CASH PRIZES RIGHT THROUGHOUT THE 2011/12 RACE SERIES. WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED AND IT WAS GREAT TO SEE THE UNION JACK FLYING HIGH MANY TIMES.
Once again the US$1, US$2, US$5, US$10, US$20, US$50, US$100, US$200 & US$500 REGIONAL & COUNTRY NOMINATIONS were well supported and a record breaking grand total of US$31,434-05c (approx. £20,956) was competed and flown for by 10 different countries. The UNITED KINGDOM COUNTRY NOMINATIONS were not that well supported and actually had only 9 pigeons entered and 40 nominations and actually paid out a grand total of US$942-65c (approx. £629) and was all on by KEN DARLINGTON from BARRY, SOUTH WALES with his pigeon named SUPREME ROYAL that took 313th OPEN in this Final Race. CONGRATULATIONS TO KEN DARLINGTON FOR HAVING THE CONFIDENCE TO GAMBLE ON HIS PIGEON. If you want to see the other winners in the other countries that competed, then please go to www.scmdpr.com and log onto the Nomination Races section.
During the 2009/10 race series a brand new competition started and was named the “CASCADE CHALLENGE” this is a US$10 SINGLE NOMINATION but the pigeon has to win 1st OPEN to win the prize money. It had been won 4 or 5 times during the 2011/12 race series but unfortunately nobody won “THE POT OF GOLD” in the “FINAL RACE” when a total of 180 pigeons were entered and this included 19 from the United Kingdom and 2 from Ireland. So the total of US$3,530 (approx. £2,354) will now rollover to the 2012/13 race series and the web site will give information when this competition will start. The first Nominated pigeon clocked in this category actually took 2nd OPEN for TEAM SYLT 2000 - GOEBEL - VARNEY from GERMANY with their pigeon named SYLY ORPHEUS. The best UNITED KINGDOM pigeon took 549th for THE FARRIERS with pigeon named AIMEE LEES STAR which was an earlier winner of this competition and was bred by Brian Greenley from Malton. The best IRISH pigeon took 674th for MAURICE O’DONNELL with his pigeon named SUPERSTAR DJ. Maurice had also won this competition earlier on in the season with his great pigeon PANACKY PEET. As was seen during the 2011/12 series this competition is going to hard to win, so roll on next year 2012/13 and let us all have another go at winning this tough Single Nomination competition.
Over the past sixteen years THE FINAL RACE has achieved some wonderful records and stats to be proud of and once again one that surely is worthy of a mention is that all the five pigeons that won a BRAND NEW MOTOR CAR in Car Race Hot Spots 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 namely BURNTOFT SYDNEE (UNITED KINGDOM), SOLITAIRE SUPER VR (UNITED KINGDOM), GRIBBLES CHOICE THREE (UNITED KINGDOM), Bb31 (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) and ERINS TUITION (NETHERLANDS) were all officially clocked by Sunday evening. It should also be mentioned that the 5 x CAR RACE HOT SPOT ACE PIGEON WINNER “JADES JOY” FROM AUSTRALIA ALSO MADE IT HOME TO THE LOFTS IN SUN CITY. YET ANOTHER FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND RECORD FOR THE SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE.
Whilst it would be very nice to mention everybody that clocked pigeons in each race, logistically that is impossible as I am sure you will all understand, that is why Air Sport Internationale SA have spent a small fortune making all the information you might require available on their state of the art web site:- www.scmdpr.com so you or anybody else around the world can get all the information at the touch of a button and even get a print off if one is needed, all you need to do id go onto the web site and see Results & Listings, everything you need to see will be their for you to see.
Anybody can log on to the state of the art web site:- www.scmdpr.com and see what is happening on a daily basis. If you had entered the 2011/12 race series you would have already had twenty-eight races and fun throughout our winter months following the success of your own pigeons or syndicate pigeons or of course just following the results of one of your local fanciers or somebody you know. Why not just log on and have a look on a regular basis, you will be amazed at what information you can see and find? This web site is without doubt the most informative and up to date one loft web site in the world today and is continually improving certain aspects of this great race.
If you entered the 16th SCMDPR and were unlucky enough to lose your complete team or in fact any of your complete teams of three pigeons prior to the basketing for the Final Race and you had paid your US$25 (approx. £17) Registration Fee for each team you entered, then you are entitled to a “FREE ENTRY” into the 2013 SCMDPR providing none of them won any special prize money in the earlier races. *****PLEASE NOTE:- This rule only applies to individually registered teams, which means that the US$25 (approx. £17) Registration Fee was originally paid with each team of three pigeons. The date for the 17th SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE had already been confirmed and will take place in Sun City Resort, South Africa on SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2013. Please add this date in your diary and try to enter some pigeons or even attend the biggest and greatest one loft race in the world today and the one with a proven track record!
I would now like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and it should be mentioned that in the FINAL RACE the actual PRIZE MONEY that could be won in this race amounted to a staggering US$1.080 MILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS, which currently equates to roughly £700,000-00p POUNDS STERLING. There were 300 Cash prizes for the first 300 “ACTIVATED PIGEONS” clocked in the race, plus US$25,000 KNOCKOUT PRIZE, US$17,500 SUN CITY GRAND AVERAGE PRIZES. Also to add to this are ten superb GOLD MEDALS and all the other trophies that can be won in this truly prestigious international pigeon race. Add to this all the US$100,000 allocated for 5 x Car Race Hot Spot Cash Prizes (20 x US$1,000 Cash Prizes in all these 5 events), plus US$75,000 allocated for the 5 x Brand New Motor Cars in the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, US$10,000 for the two pigeon averages with US$2,000 allocated to each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, US$5,000 Hot Spot Car Race Ace Pigeon Award, plus US$25,000 International Country Cash Prizes (5 x US$5,000 Cash Prizes) and numerous others at US$1,000 Cash Prizes for other countries that got pigeons in the top 250 in the 5th Car Race Hot Spot Result. Then there was all the GLOBAL and COUNTRY NOMINATIONS & GLOBAL & COUNTRY/REGIONAL POOLS plus all the trophies, awards, diplomas to all mentioned above and you truly do have “THE GREATEST PIGEON RACE IN THE WORLD TODAY” and “THE RACE WITH THE PROVEN TRACK RECORD” which has paid out its projected prize money every year since day one. TOTAL PAID OUT IN THE 2011/12 RACE SERIES WAS CLOSE TO US$2 MILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS. No other pigeon race in the world can proudly state this type of payout and that is a fact.
SPECIAL THANKS must go to SUN INTERNATIONAL for once again letting us host The 16th Sun City Million Dollar (The Greatest Pigeon Race In The World Today), in the magnificent Sun City Resort. It really is a wonderful setting for such a prestigious event such as this. All the staff at the Sun City complex always seem to go out of their way to make sure we all have a great time and I for one, am looking forward to seeing them all again next year. ONCE AGAIN A SPECIAL THANK YOU must also go to AIR SPORT INTERNATIONALE who are The Presenters of this race, as without their support over the last fourteen years this race would never of been able to add these accolades to their advertising, brochures and web site, “THE GREATEST PIGEON RACE IN THE WORLD TODAY” and “THE RACE WITH THE PROVEN TRACK RECORD” and “MORE THAN 400 DIFFERENT WAYS TO BE A WINNER”. This has only been achieved by all the hard work and effort by all the staff employed by this great race and ASI, plus of course all the Country Shippers that do such a wonderful job in getting all the pigeons to Sun City for the race.
However, without the support of all the race entrants over the past sixteen years and all the fanciers and friends that travel out to Sun City for the race, this pigeon race would never of become what it is today and that is without doubt “THE BEST PIGEON RACE IN THE WORLD TODAY”, so a BIG THANK YOU for your race entries and for those of you that have also deciding to travel out to South Africa to watch and be part of this great race. Once again it was great to see nearly 100 United Kingdom and Irish fanciers taking a well earned break in the sun to travel out to watch a be part of this great international race, they once again they represented their countries in a great manner. I look forward to seeing you all again next year when perhaps one or more fanciers from these two countries can once again win some major cash prizes during the 2012/13 race series. YOUR SUPPORT WAS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
*****ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE SCMDPR***** For the first time ever for the 2010/11 SCMDPR an online auction facility had been set up on the SCMDPR Web Site www.scmdpr.com which would allow fanciers from literally all over the world to place “BIDS” online. This of course should help the eventual sale price of all of the pigeons that have returned from the race. Anybody wishing to place “BIDS” online must first register with the Administration Office in South Africa, once this has been done and agreed, you can then log onto any of the 51 auctions and place your “BIDS”. The first 100 pigeons were all sold in the Superbowl and then there are a further 50 auction sales all over South Africa with 45 pigeons in each. All the conditions are listed on the SCMDPR Web Site for all to see, so if you are genuinely interested, please get in touch as soon as possible.
*****THE AUCTION OF THE TOP 100 PIGEONS*****
As usual the first 100 pigeons were auctioned on Sunday morning and this year they were auctioned by JOHAN VEN DER NEST and his team from SOUTH AFRICA in the Superbowl at 09-00 and ALAN JORDAAN from SOUTH AFRICA read out the conditions of the sale and then told fanciers that pigeons could now be exported from South Africa and that if anybody wished to bid for a pigeon or pigeons the SCMDPR loft staff would arrange for the export to take place once all the auctions has finished. PAUL SMITH from UNITED KINGDOM and AUGUST DAELEMANS from BELGIUM once again assisted the auctioneers during this fantastic auction. The audience in the Superbowl were once again determined to buy the best and this was showed by the prices they were bidding. The auction was a resounding success with pigeons fetching record prices and these 100 pigeons raised a staggering total of ZAR2.1 Million South African Rand (approx. £175,000 Pounds Sterling), an average of around £1,750 per pigeon.
This just goes to show fanciers all over the world the interest there is in purchasing pigeons that compete in this great race. Just to give you an example of what the top pigeons made this year, I will now list a few:- The winning pigeon RUBELLOS that won 1st OPEN in the 16th SCMDPR and owned and entered by TEAM RUHR - SCHINK from GERMANY fetched a staggering R250,000 (approx. £20,834). Then the pigeon SYLT ORPHEUS that won 2nd OPEN owned by TEAM SYLT 2000 - GOEBEL-VARNEY from GERMANY fetched a staggering R360,000 (approx. £30,000), both the 1st and 2nd OPEN WINNERS were purchased by MARK KITCHENBRAND from SOUTH AFRICA and these two pigeons would join many of the past SCMDPR winners at stud that he has purchased over the past few years, 3rd OPEN was pigeon named LUKE DONALD and entered by RUEDIGER SCHOENAU from GERMANY fetched R35,000 (approx. £2,917), 4th Open fetched R20,000 (£1,667), 5th Open fetched R12,000 (£1,000), 6th Open fetched R25,000 (£2,084), 7th Open fetched R28,000 (£2,334), 8th Open fetched R18,000 (£1,500), 9th Open fetched R15,000 (£1,250) and 10th Open fetched R12,000 (£1,000). Many more pigeons fetched between R20,000 (£1,667) and R45,000 (£3,750) each. The 36th Open was the KNOCKOUT WINNER and that sold for R90,000 (£7,500), then 59th Open was an outstanding winning pigeon named SUGAR SHACK that had previously won 63rd, 69th, 62nd, 29th and 167th in the 5 x CAR RACE HOT SPOTS and then 59th OPEN in THE FINAL RACE that sold for a staggering R290,000 (£24,167) and then 80th Open was the SUN CITY OVERALL ACE PIGEON sold for R55,000 (£4,584). The auction finished at 13-00 and thanks must go to JOHAN VAN DER NEST and his other two staff for conducting this great sale. A big thank you must also go to AUGUST DAELEMANS from BELGIUM and PAUL SMITH from UNITED KINGDOM for their help and assistance during this fantastic auction. This once again just goes to show that if you are lucky enough to get a top class pigeon in the prestigious race you are looking at it fetching a small fortune and that can only be good news for all concerned because the breeder gets 50% of this sum after expenses have been deducted. WHAT A GREAT EXTRA REWARD IF YOUR PIGEON PERFORMS WELL DURING THE SCMDPR SERIES. ZANDY MEYER (Race Director) then thanked the auctioneer and assistants plus everybody concerned for their “BIDS” and wished everybody a safe journey home and looked forward to seeing everybody again next year.
The later auction sales around South Africa have once again attracted some big prices, probably due to the new online bidding service that started last year and it was great to see that after pigeons had battled to get home in a really tough race made good prices. There were 50 further auctions all around South Africa and they averaged about 45 pigeons per auction which started on Saturday 18th February 2012 and which should be good news for the owners. Many of these gallant pigeons fetched top prices with lots making over R10,000 (approx. £834) each. However, as usual quite a few made between R10,000 and R20,000 (approx. £834 to £1,668) each. A few made between R20,000 and R30,000 (£1,668 to £2,500) each. As I finish off this report 11 of the auctions have already taken place, which leaves plenty more to complete the sale of all the pigeons that returned. Many pigeons were still making big money with one making R16,200 (approx. £1,350), another making R19,000 (approx. £1,584) but the one that has amazed everybody was sold at Edenvale and this was PLUTOLOGY and raced under the Manchester Maestros and bred by Crehan & O’Connor from Manchester, which sold for a staggering R170,000 (approx. £14,167). Well done guys, you certainly deserve this as this pigeon actually finished 12 times in the top 100 and won numerous lots of Nomination Money and Car Race Hot Spot Cash Prizes and must rate as one of the best pigeons ever to fly in the SCMDPR series over the past 16 years.
The Cape Town auction also fetched big sums with HEINZ V selling for R44,000 (approx. £3,667), SORINA selling for R16,500 (approx. £1,375) and last but not least SPANISH IDENTITY, sold for R21,000 (approx. £1,750) who is the nestmate to PLUTOLOGY which is mention above. WHAT A FANTASTIC PAIR OF NESTMATES THESE TWO TURNED OUT TO BE. WELL DONE GUYS.
It just goes to show the world wide demand for the pigeons that complete this international race. This is also great news for the breeders of these pigeons, as they get 50% of the auction figures after expenses have been deducted. So if you pigeon/s complete the Final Race, you have an extra cash bonus coming your way.
*****SPECIAL NOTIFICATION***** Now the remaining 2,350 plus pigeons that have returned from the race have to be sold all over South Africa and that in itself is another massive task and over 50 different venues all over South Africa have already been selected and are available for all to see on our dedicated web site:- www.scmdpr.com if you want to see where your pigeon/s are being sold then all the information can be found by hitting the AUCTION button on the top left hand side of the home page. More will probably be added as other pigeons return from the race. However, it should be pointed out that NO AUCTION MONEY will be paid out until after the last auction has taken place and that is currently scheduled for the end of APRIL 2012. After all the auction sales have taken place, the funds for your pigeons will be transferred into your own personal ASI account, which you can use these funds as a credit against your 2013 SCMDPR entries or have it paid into you own bank account. A few later auction sales may be added as more pigeons return from the Final Race. Keep an eye on the SCMDPR web site for these details. As other pigeons return to the lofts in Sun City, these will be added to a later online auction or auctions. So please keep your eyes open on the web site for the dates of these later auction sales.
SPECIAL THANKS must go Sara Blackshaw (Director of ASI) and all the staff at Air Sport Internationale SA (The Presenters Of The Race), Zandy Meyer (Race Director), Sun City (Resort Complex), Sun International (Event Host), Joan-e Holt (Public Relations), Marion Branford (Administation), Michael Holt (Systems Administrator), Pieter Saayman (Assistant Systems Administrator), Dave van der Merwe (Loft Manager), Andre van Wyk (Loft Manager), Corrie Naude (Trainer), Dr. Marthinus Hartman (Veterinary Officer), Dr. Le Grange (Veterinary Officer), Alan Jordaan (Stage Interviewer), Paul Smith (International Race Co-ordinator & United Kingdom Race Team Shipper), Cornay Smit (Attorney for ASI), Henri Stiglingh (International Ambassador), Johan Van Der Nest and Team (Auctioneer), Deirdre Kallmeyer (African Olive Travel Concepts), E. Coetsee & Kie (Independent Auditors), Ben the Blogger (Online Photographs, plus Twitter & Facebook articles), Peter Morey (Official Photographer), Peter Furstenberg and all his staff Shine Interactive, our web designers plus of course the eight loft assistants who were Patrick Ngwangushe, Meshack Daldla, Thulani Khumalo, Brian Nsizwane, Meshack Makhanye, Eddie Ngwangushe, Phillios Letsema and Alfheus Mbuli. Without these people, plus the camera crews, technical teams, and of course all the COUNTRY and REGIONAL RACE SHIPPER’S this race would be impossible to run. Another company that has given us tremendous help and assistance since the race started is HELLMANN WORLDWIDE LOGISTICS as they are responsible for most of the pigeons from all parts of the world. SO A REAL “BIG” THANK YOU TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND EFFORTS DURING THE 2011/12 RACE SERIES. WHAT A GREAT “TEAM” THEY ALL MAKE.
We must also once again thank all our sponsors:- SUN INTENATIONAL, SUN CITY RESORT, RICOH, MEDPET, ROHNFRIED, SUDHOFF VETERINARY PRODUCTS, SHINE INTERACTIVE, PIGEONS ON LINE, TURF PET HYPER, SPARKIE GRIT and of course DEISTER ELECTRONIC (UNIKON) for their continued support in this truly great international pigeon race, plus of course AIR SPORT INTERNATIONALE SA who of course are The Presenters Of The Race.
*****SOME STATS THAT MIGHT AMAZE YOU!*****
Once again the SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR WEB SITE has been a resounding success and it is without doubt the greatest and most informative one loft web site in the world today and this is backed up by figures that not many international companies can boast about. Every year from day one our “HITS” on the web site have increased and the 2005/6 series was no exception and the organisers are very proud to announce that we had over 14.047 MILLION “HITS” (14047261) and 173386 visits, plus during the 2005/6 race series, in fact the average time fanciers spent on this web site every time they logged on was 21 minutes. Just to show the interest this race and web site have, the 2004/5 race attracted 9.8 MILLION “HITS”, 2003/4 had 5 MILLION and the 2002/3 had 3 MILLION. The organisers believe in keeping fanciers/entrants up to date with the progress of the pigeons in the lofts and pigeon fanciers the world over love to go through all this information. It was announced that up to December 2006 the web site had 168,364 unique visitors and because of a change over of server the January and February 2007 figures are not yet to hand but I can tell you that in just 5 days from Sunday 18th February to Thursday 22nd February 2007 the web site had 31,500 visitors and over 2.5 million “HITS”. This just goes to prove to every fancier all over the world the interest there is in this great race. The 14 millions “HITS” for the 2005/6 race was easily exceeded for the 2006/7 race and this figure went up to around 18 million “HITS”. Once again this outstanding web site during the 2007/8 race series rose to a staggering 20 million “HITS” plus, over the whole race series and just to show fanciers all over the world the interest this race does create, the figures for November 2007 were over 1.53 million “HITS”, followed by 2.22 “HITS” during December 2007 and over 35,500 visitors and well over 2.55 Million “HITS” in January 2008, with the actual race day attracting a total of 26,031 visitors and just short of 2 million “HITS”. Records are broken year after year as you can see. The month of February 2008 figures are not finalised at the time of going to press but I can tell you all that the figures for the first few days of this month, just after the 2008 race finished were looking great with nearly 31,000 visitors and a staggering 2.50 Million “HITS”. The “HITS” figures for the 2008/9 race series exceeds 25 million over the year and it was interesting to see that on the actual 2009 race day the web site had over 60,000 visitors, more than double the figure for the January 2009 race day, which equates to approximately 4.80 million “HITS”. The structure of the web site for the 2010 Final Race day differs now slightly to the last few years and it showed that there was 14,235 visits on the actual race day, with 318,436 pages reviewed and a staggering 2,555790 which equates to nearly 2.556 Million “HITS”, which once again broke the 2009 race record. I can now proudly reveal to the world that the SCMDPR Web Site actually had over 47 MILLION “HITS” during the 2009/10 race series. The three biggest months were November which saw 8.23 million “HITS”, then December had 4.23 million “HITS” and the biggest month of the year was January with a staggering 16.4 million “HITS”, which actually equate to 104,089 visitors during the month. The official figures for February 2010 are now to hand and this showed 6.72 million “HITS”. THESE FIGURES JUST SHOW YOU THE POWER OF THE INTERNET! WHAT FIGURES WILL COME OUT OF THE 2010/11 RACE SERIES? ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IF YOU WANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PIGEONS ONCE THEY ARE IN THE LOFTS, THEN NO ONE LOFT RACE IN THE WORLD WILL GIVE YOU THE SORT OF INFORMATION THE SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE GIVE TO ITS ENTRANTS AND ALSO TO PIGEON FANCIERS THE WORLD OVER. EVERY YEAR WE INTRODUCE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INFORMATION TO GET EVERYBODY UP TOO DATE WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA. JUST LOG ONTO:- www.scmdpr.com AND HAVE A LOOK FOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER AND MORE INFORMATIVE STATE OF THE ART ONE LOFT WEB SITE IN THE WORLD TODAY. I can now proudly reveal that the record breaking “HITS” figures for the 2009/10 race series has been broken once again and for the 2010/11 race series now exceeds over 50 MILLION “HITS”. We changed servers during the 2010/11 race series and I now have the new figures from the last 3 months and they are as follows:- from 15th December to 31st December 2010 we had just over 4.25 MILLION “HITS”, followed by January 2011 a staggering 17.842 MILLION “HITS” and from 1st February to 16th February 2011 another 2.865 MILLION “HITS”. So in the two months from the 15th December 2010 to 16th February 2011 the SCMDPR Web Site had over 20.707 MILLION “HITS” which actually equated to 111,250 visits by 51,362 visitors. The actual race day had 4.105 MILLION “HITS” and the day after had 3.276 MILLION “HITS” and the Monday had 1.246 MILLION “HITS”. I AM SURE THAT THESE FIGURES MIGHT ASTOUND YOU BUT IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THE VALUE OF KEEPING FANCIERS INFORMED. Once again I am fairly positive that these figures will improve yet again during the 2011/12 race series. For the 2011/12 race series we once again had a new server and they handle their site figures slightly different to others in the past. However, we have some figures from them from 1st November 2011 to 31st January 2012 and this shows a total of 51,161 people visited this web site, with 341,340 visits, 51,161 unique visitors, with 4,687,072 page viewings, 294,482 visits with a return rate of 86.27%, with 46,858 visits which are classed 13.73% for new visitors. The overall result for “HITS” over the actual race year will probably exceed 60 MILLION “HITS” and probably many more if the truth was known. THIS JUST SHOWS THE WORLD THE INTEREST IN THIS GREAT RACE.
As I sure most of you are all aware I always spend a lot of time working on my International Press Releases and Newsletters keeping all competitors/entrants and pigeons fanciers in this country and all over the world informed about what is going on throughout the race series, hopefully you have all enjoyed my weekly reports and International Press Releases and I look forward to continuing these in the years to come. THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE SUPPORTED ME AND THIS GREAT RACE IN THE PAST AND I ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR SUPPORT REALLY HAS BEEN GREATLY APPRECIATED BY MYSELF AND THE RACE ORGANISERS.
*****PRIZE MONEY ALLOCATED FOR THE 17th SCMDPR IN FEBRUARY 2013*****
It has been announced in the brand new 2013 SCMDPR brochure by ASI that the Prize Money for the next race is as follows:- There will now be a total of 300 cash prizes in the Final Race, plus another 50 x US$1,000 cash prizes in the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, making it now a total of 100 x US$1,000 cash prizes over the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, with 20 x US$1,000 cash prizes in each of the 5 Car Race Hot Spots. There is a US$5,000 Car Race Hot Spot Ace Pigeon Award, also 5 x US$2,000 2-Bird Average Competition in each of the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots, The International Challenge also now offers 5 x US$5,000 cash prizes and about 20 x US$1,000 cash prizes are on offer in Car Race Hot Spot 5, also 5 x Brand New Motor Cars valued at US$75,000, one on offer in each of the Car Race Hot Spots 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, a US$25,000 1st Prize for the Knockout Winner in the Final Race, The Sun City Grand Ace Pigeon Average is worth US$10,000 and is paid out US$5,000, US$3,000 and US$2,000, Ten Gold Pendants, which will make the total Prize Money and the 5 x Brand New Motor Cars now exceeds US$1.402 Million American Dollars (approx. £1 Million Pounds Sterling). Add to this all the Pools and Nominations that will be paid out during the 2011/12 race series and this total could get very close to US$2 Million American Dollars. I ASK YOU, WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD CAN YOU FLY FOR THIS SORT OF PRIZE MONEY? The Sun City Million Dollar Pigeon Race is not just about the Final Race, it is now all about six races and that is the 5 x Car Race Hot Spots and of course The Final Race. Plus you can lots of fun following all the other Wednesday and Saturday races from the start of the race series, in total the race series usually has between 25/28 actual races to follow on a daily basis.
Only the five times in the history of this great race has a country that has entered The Sun City Million Dollar Pigeon Race has won 1st and 2nd Open in the same year. SOUTH AFRICA did it in 1999, then GERMANY did it twice in 2004 and 2007 and then the UNITED KINGDOM achieved this remarkable feat by doing it the 2009 SCMDPR. In the 16th SCMDPR 2012 the GERMAN TEAM achieved a remarkable result by winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Open. The UNITED KINGDOM TEAM also won 3rd & 5th in the 2011 race. Only six different countries have won this prestigious race since it started sixteen years ago and they are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SOUTH AFRICA, GERMANY, BELGIUM, UNITED KINGDOM and the CZECH REPUBLIC. Who will be the winner of the 17th SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE IN 2013. IT COULD BE YOU BUT FIRST OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO ENTER THIS GREAT RACE?
The SUN CITY MILLION DOLLAR PIGEON RACE staff have now got a brand new SCMDPR INFORMATION PORTAL (TWITTER & YOUTUBE) for all fanciers around the world to view on their web site www.scmdpr.com so why not log onto it and see all the extra information, fantastic photographs and video clips on the 16th SCMDPR. All this updated information was being placed on the web site during the Final Race so that fanciers/competitors all over the world could follow what was happening in Sun City during the race weekend. ANOTHER FIRST FOR THE SCMDPR. WELL DONE TO “BEN THE BLOGGER”.
This International Press Release has taken me a great deal of time to compile since I returned from my three weeks in South Africa but I thought it better not to try to rush it as I wanted to give all the credit to the fanciers that bred the pigeons and make sure the information I was giving was correct to the best of my knowledge and I hope you all agree it was worth waiting for?
I would once again like to personally thank Peter Morey from South Africa for the fabulous photographs he supplied me with for use in this International Press Release. This is the fourth year running he has assisted me and once again the quality of his work is really top class as I am sure you will all agree. Anybody wanting to log onto his web site www.petermoreyphotographic.co.za can do so and see all the other excellent work he does.
Once again I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in South Africa, the hospitality of the South African people is second to none and I strongly recommend that if you have never visited this continent then you consider entering this 17th SCMDPR and at the same time treat yourself to a “TRIP OF A LIFETIME”. I can certainly guarantee you will never regret it.
Many fanciers always seem to ask me and others why the German pigeons do so well in Sun City and yes whilst they do have exceptional pigeons, they also send the biggest team by a considerable number. Just take the Final Race this year they had 812 pigeons which were representing the Germany Team, the United Kingdom Team had just 265 which is just under a third of the German race entry. Over the past few years the United Kingdom Team has greatly increased its race entry and if we are going to keep our strong international challenge, then we must try to get more pigeons entered so that we end up with a larger and stronger entry in the Final Race. Two of our biggest race entries has resulted in the United Kingdom Team winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 11th and lots more high positions in the Final Race over the past four races, which really is a great result when compared with others. Just study the entry figures stated above in the International Press Release and you will see that also South Africa (532) and United States Of America (451) also had big entries in the Final Race and both these countries did well. ANY SUPPORT YOU CAN GIVE THE UNITED KINGDOM TEAM WILL I ASSURE YOU, BE REALLY GREATLY APPRECIATED.
As I close this report so it can be sent off to the world press, I can now reveal that a total of 2,426 pigeons have now returned to the lofts and this includes 2,085 International, which actually has 184 United Kingdom and 28 Irish, plus 341 South African pigeons home. Of course quite a few more will hopefully work back to the lofts over the next few weeks. This is a 69.73% return rate which is an exceptionally high return rate for any International one loft race and something that the organisers should be very proud of. It should also be mentioned that the five Car Race Hot Spots had an overall return rate of 95.40% during the 2011/12 race series, which is remarkable figure for races of this distance. WELL DONE TO ALL CONCERNED.
I look forward to receiving your “BOOKING FORMS” over the next few weeks which will just confirm how many pigeons you wish to enter into the 17th SCMDPR and hope that once again the United Kingdom Race Team can break their entry record that we achieved in the 16th SCMDPR. Of course your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated as it will then give me the chance to make sure I have enough new shipping baskets to transport the United Kingdom Race Team out to South Africa. If you just want to call me on my home telephone number 01279-812005 instead of forwarding me the actual “BOOKING FORM” that will be OK by me. SO COME ON GUYS AND GIRLS, GET YOUR RACE ENTRIES IN EARLY AND LET’S GO FOR GOLD AGAIN IN THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL ONE LOFT PIGEON RACE IN THE WORLD TODAY.
Paul Smith. International Race Co-ordinator & United Kingdom Race Team Shipper for The 16th Sun City Million Dollar (The Greatest Pigeon Race In The World Today), which took place in Sun City Resort, South Africa on Saturday 28th January 2012.
Regency Lofts Limited, 2 Highmead, off Coltsfield, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. CM24 8LJ. England.
Telephone/Facsimile:-01279-812005 (Int. 044-1279-812005), Mobile:- 07860-568216.