Good day from Carnival Lofts,

Herewith the results for Bloemfontein race 3 that were flown on Friday 07 August 2020. This race turned out to be one if not the most difficult race we had in many years here at the lofts, the weekend ended up as being one of the hardest weekends for racing across the country as well!

The pigeons were liberated on the rugby field of Laerskool Bloemfontein and as usual they cleared liberation point quickly and headed home, as we drove out of Bloemfontein there was little to no wind but the predictions was for winds up to 40kmh east north east and by the time we stopped at the toll gate the wind have started picking up. At Winburg the wind was close to 40kmh east already and it would just get windier as we got closer to the Gauteng.

We knew it will be tough but I did not expect the race to turn out so hard, to the winners I have to take off my hat to or mask these days to you on a well flown race! The pigeon that dropped down first and won the race also ended up being the ace short distance pigeon for 2020.

The top 20 from Bloemfontein were:

Rank Fancier Pigeon Speed [m/min]
1 Danie Scholtz Pigeons ZA NKHP 2020 5565 1073.5853
2 Lamprecht Hokke ZA KPF 2019 27 1073.2546
3 Quentin-Brett de Beer ZA 2019 176507 1054.5382
4 PH ZA 2019 233311 1054.4815
5 GVR Hokke ZA OERF 2019 2466 1038.5764
6 Quentin-Brett de Beer ZA 2019 176504 1038.5115
7 GVR Hokke ZA OERF 2019 2480 1038.2369
8 Johnston Hokke ZA 2019 185400 1035.3704
9 Pigeon Power Team 2 ZA LTX 2020 317 1027.9106
10 Antonio Sampiao ZA SRF 2019 2565 1027.9008
11 Goldsmith Lofts ZA SSPO 2019 12274 1027.7394
12 Prada’s Pride ZA Cyrl 2019 3230 1026.0795
13 Pietersen Family Lofts ZA OOA 2019 177 1019.4402
14 Wilcon ZA NJ 2019 4568 1019.2285
15 Johnston Hokke ZA KPK 2019 5104 1019.0554
16 Tsunami Lofts ZA BPF D 2019 4671 1013.8893
17 Danie & Natie ZA 2019 163684 1013.0287
18 Lamprecht Hokke ZA OPK 2019 165 1012.9194
19 JJJ van der Linde ZA PP 2019 262 1006.2706
20 Johnston Hokke ZA KPK 2019 5835 1004.0394

Well done to Danie Scholtz Pigeons as well as Lamprecht Hokke on the top performance of these two pigeons that arrived first at the loft! It

The Bloemfontein race was the final short distance race and the single bird averages as well as all bird averages was won by “Prada’s Pride” the name used by Marianne Kruger yes you read correctly a lady!! Baie geluk Marianne jy het tops gedoen op die eerste 3 vlugte vanjaar! Let us have a look at the single bird averages:

Position Fancier Wins Top Ten Positions Points Short
1 Prada’s Pride 2 2 18 289 289
2 Johnston Hokke 0 2 15 273 273
3 Danie Scholtz Pigeons 1 2 4 257 257
4 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 2 0 0 17 243 243
5 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 0 2 17 238 238
6 Stoyanovs Loft 0 0 8 234 234
7 JJJ van der Linde 0 0 12 233 233
8 PH 0 1 8 231 231
9 Quentin-Brett de Beer 0 2 12 226 226
10 GVR HOKKE 0 2 14 224 224

Well done to the top 10 on the single bird averages, the top 10 on the all bird averages were:

Position Fancier Wins Top Ten Positions Points Short
1 Prada’s Pride 2 2 18 933 933
2 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 0 2 17 898 898
3 Johnston Hokke 0 2 15 866 866
4 GVR HOKKE 0 2 14 689 689
5 Quentin-Brett de Beer 0 2 12 653 653
6 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 2 0 0 17 636 636
7 Tsunami Lofts 0 0 10 540 540
8 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 3 0 3 10 531 531
9 JJJ van der Linde 0 0 12 501 501
10 PH 0 1 8 467 467

The ace pigeons on the 3 short distance races were:

Position Fancier Pigeon Wins Top Ten Positions Points
1 Danie Scholtz Pigeons ZA NKHP 2020 5565 1 2 3 257
2 Quentin-Brett de Beer ZA 2019 176507 0 1 3 217
3 GVR HOKKE ZA OERF 2019 2480 0 1 3 189
4 Johnston Hokke ZA KPK 2019 5131 0 1 2 180
5 Tsunami Lofts ZA BPF D 2019 4671 0 0 3 178
6 Hendrik en Daniel Moller ZA PPL 2019 1628 0 1 2 172
7 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 3 ZA PPL 2019 1558 0 1 2 169
8 Johnston Hokke ZA 2019 185400 0 1 3 168
9 Gilbert + Bruin ZA HHC 2019 3689 0 0 2 167
10 Prada’s Pride ZA MID 2019 6814 1 1 3 162

Well done to all the fanciers who flew well on the 3 short distance races for the 2020 season.

Race 4 of the winter 2020 series was flown from Tierpoort dam on Monday 17 August 2020, we liberated the pigeons at 07h05 and for the first time this season they did not clear the liberation point immediately but turned a few times as if they knew that another tough day out was lying ahead for them, at liberation there was little to no wind but the predictions was for a strong north westerly wind on the route back changing to a very strong westerly wind. The predictions was a bit wrong as by the time I reached the toll gate I could see that the wind was had a lot of east in and as the old proverb goes When the wind is in the east, ‘Tis neither good for man nor beast”.

From Winburg the wind was reasonably strong north east and this would again split up the packs and some will be left behind! This season of 2020 has not been kind to the young birds as race 3 and race 4 would see them battle very strong headwind conditions to get back to the lofts. We arrived back at the lofts and I knew it will be about a 30min wait before the first pigeons would arrive. Again two pigeons arrived together this time 2nd placed on the very hard Bloemfontein race Lamprecht Hokke’s pigeon would walk over the ets first from Edenburg, well done oom John!  The race again turned out to be a very tough one and many pigeons did not make it back on day one but most of them returned on day 2. The top 20 positions on race 4 were:

Rank Fancier Pigeon Speed [m/min]
1 Lamprecht Hokke W0144 ZA OPK 2019 179 1185.4707
2 Wilcon W0552 ZA NJ 2019 4733 1185.2054
3 Johnston Hokke W0129 ZA KPK 2019 5131 1175.7778
4 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 2 W0183 ZA PPL 2019 1572 1175.67
5 Hendrik en Daniel Moller W0231 ZA PPL 2019 1601 1175.6189
6 Droogtehulp W0773 ZA RF 2019 195 1175.5849
7 Johnston Hokke W0018 ZA KPK 2019 5104 1175.5792
8 Lamprecht Hokke W0143 ZA OPK 2019 189 1175.4374
9 Hendrik en Daniel Moller W0563 ZA PPL 2019 1665 1171.6552
10 JJJ van der Linde 2 W0736 ZA PP 2019 219 1171.6101
11 Lynx W1032 ZA LYNX 2020 5 1171.4185
12 Willie Munnik W0802 ZA SRPV 2019 1798 1171.4016
13 Pigeon Power Team 2 W0979 ZA LTX 2020 317 1171.2439
14 JJJ van der Linde 2 W0746 ZA BPF 2020 612 1171.2045
15 Chloes Lofts W0718 ZA GPU 2019 6938 1171.1989
16 H&F W0873 ZA 2019 232882 1171.1933
17 Hendrik en Daniel Moller 3 W0571 ZA PPL 2019 1651 1171.1651
18 Desert Queen W0402 ZA NOVP 2019 2877 1171.1538
19 JJJ van der Linde W0787 ZA PP 2019 240 1171.137
20 H&F W0885 ZA 2019 233369 1171.0919

Congratulations to all the winners so far this season we still have 5 races to go for the 2020 season so it is time to buckle up and get ready as the last few might just be very hard races as the temperatures will  rise as well.