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Hotspot 4 Prize Money & GPS Trackers 2021-07-07

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RACE REPORT HOTSPOT 4

Hotspot 4 was held from Turk Mine Road on Sunday 4th July from 374 km. The race was difficult although the winds were not high. There was some headwind from about halfway home. The day time temperatures have been hotter than normal for this time of the year but are not excessive. Our tracking information has a similar pattern to Hotspot 3 where the leading pigeons did not stop but went through to the loft from liberation. The pigeons were sent in super health and the returned birds look well.

The losses were high for most fanciers but there are exceptions. We have not analysed the results fully but have seen that one fancier sent 25 pigeons with 21 returning on the day and one on day 2 in race time. That fancier now has 23 birds back. This is an outstanding performance given the difficult conditions. We have other fanciers with good returns with some at 100%. Nevertheless, it is not nice to lose birds that we have cared for and trained for a year. This will always disappoint us even though it is inevitable in the difficult conditions that the pigeons have to face when competing at Victoria Falls.

We have approximately 2 weeks for pigeons to recover before Hotspot 5 which could very well be another difficult race. It is unlikely that the leading pigeons can reach the loft without stopping to drink at least once during the flight. The flight path follows two major river lines on the East of the main road running from Victoria Falls to Bulawayo which the birds that fly straight will cross in a few places. To the West there is the Hwange National Park wildlife reserve. This is 14 651 square kms (5 656 square miles) in extent. There are numerous pans with water where wild animals drink and these are dispersed throughout the park.

Hans-Paul Esser clocked the first pigeon at 11.17 am at a speed of 1449 m/m winning the hotspot and US$ 6000. There were 115 pigeons clocked in 10 minutes, 417 pigeons in the first 20 minutes and 1033 in an hour. We sent 2918 pigeons to the race and 1807 returned in race time. 38% of the birds did not return before the clock was stopped.

We managed to download information from 19 of the 25 trackers sent. 13 returned on the first day, 9 of which did not stop and 4 stopped to drink on the way. 6 returned on the second day and 6 are missing. We will download any information on any late trackers when they return. The highest altitude attained during the race was 1923 meters or 6309 feet above ground level.

Please watch this video  https://youtu.be/Y-ec4LKNlRw  to see some very interesting information downloaded from one of the trackers which flew in almost total darkness for 5 hours during the night.

The Super Ace competition with its prize pot of USD 600 000 is still very much in contention with 715 pigeons still in the running. Hardy Krueger is currently leading the Super Ace with his pigeon Kioto with others hot on his heals.

All the competition results are live on the website (under the Results dropdown). Here are the current standings;

Super Ace:  https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=9

Team Competition: https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=7

Grand Averages:  https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=4

Birds still in Knock Out:  https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=8

Club Competition:  https://www.victoriafallswcpr.com/results.php?opt=6

 

Congratulations to the prize money winners for Hotspot 4!

Pos

Country

Fancier

Ring #

Pigeon

Rank

Prize

1

Germany

Hans-Paul Esser

DV 05369-20-2322

Der Beisser

1

$   6,000

2

Netherlands

Jacob F Draaisma

NL 20-1042172

Rypster 20-172

2

$   5,000

3

Netherlands

Towerflyers Loft

NL 20-1481764

Tower Flyer 2

3

$   4,000

4

Kuwait

Al-Watri Loft

KW WATANYA 20-221674

 

4

$      950

5

Kuwait

Al-Kandari Loft

KW CLUB 20-29326

Royal Boy

5

$      950

6

Germany

Team Wolvers/Wolf

ZA 20-260078

Wolf

8

$      950

7

South Africa

Samuel Lofts

ZA20 CYRL 443

Hlubi Knowles 3

9

$      950

8

United States

Bogdan Chlebek

AU20 CHICAGO 280

 

11

$      950

9

South Africa

Wajid Rasool

ZA20 FBHU 00130

Strand Fontein

12

$      950

10

South Africa

Mountain Lofts

ZA20 MOUN 1141

Petro

13

$      950

11

South Africa

Michel Debecker

ZA20 SDHU 1265

 

15

$      950

12

South Africa

Marnes Nel

ZA20 WPU 1926

Grace 5

17

$      950

13

South Africa

Samuel Lofts

ZA20 TRPF 5754

Hlubi White Flight

18

$      950

14

Netherlands

Lorenzo van Russel

NL 20-1498751

Lucky 51

19

$      950

15

India

Kadiravan Vetri Maaran - VM LOFTS

ZA20 CYRL 6313

 

20

$      950

16

France

Greg Rockets

PL 0262-20-2749

 

21

$      950

17

Germany

Team Klaas

DV 0507-20-1237

German Kittle

25

$      950

18

Germany

Herbert Bresser

DV 03273-20-164

Jasmina 2

26

$      950

19

South Africa

Willie Munnik

ZA20 SRSP 1618

GANBLACK 1

28

$      950

20

Qatar

Ummbirka Loft

QAHP 20-32537

White Ludo

29

$      950

 

Best Regards,

The Victoria Falls Team

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SUMMARY Total
Super Ace US$ 600,000
Final Race US$ 440,000
Hotspot Races US$ 136,750
Grand Averages US$ 20,000
Team Competition US$ 33,250
Knock-Out Competition US$ 20,000
Running Race
Name: FINAL RACE
Distance: 600km
Liberation Point: Lake Kyle
Release Time: 2021-07-29 07:00:00
Live Results | Live Stream | Basketing List
2021 Final Race Date

29th July 2021


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