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18-02-2009
13th Editon One Million Dollar Race
Gerard, Kjeld and Good Aim

Gerard, Kjeld and Good Aim

Good Aim, the successor of JD Action

Good Aim, the successor of JD Action

"De Tafelberg" Table-mountain; worldfamous

The lofts of SCMDPR

The lofts of SCMDPR

A view inside the lofts

A view inside the lofts

The trophies

The trophies

Sun City,

January 31st 2009, the day that our Dutch queen Beatrix celebrated her 71st birthday, the thirteenth edition of the worlds most prestigious one loft race was at stake: the One Million Dollar Race in South-Africa.

At 6 o’clock in the morning the sign for liberation was given and the 3,082 remaining pigeons started the race they were trained for so intensively over the last month. Just like the last editions of this race, now again only the strongest of pigeons would be able to survive …

After 9 hours and 17 minutes 5 pigeons came in at the same time. And again amongst these pigeons was one of the Koopman Racing team. Last year their ‘JD Action’ ended second and now the new star ‘Good Aim’ grabbed a podium position as 3rd prize winner … what a supreme performance!

The last years Gerard was repeatedly confronted with the worldwide impact of the One Million Dollar Race. This year again the cream of the crop went to Sun City. Because of the great prestige of this race and the success of the last years, the Koopman Racing team decided to aim their goals in one loft racing in 2009 almost totally on this fabulous event in South-Africa.

Gerard and Kjeld were present and they experienced this day as sitting on a big pink cloud … Now, back in Holland again, we first really realise the splendid performance listed by ‘Good Aim’. Father ‘Bjarne’ is a son to ‘Den Dromer’ and therefore close relative to ‘Miss Maniwan’, winner of National St. Vincent 2007 against 25,807 birds. Mother ‘Isabel’ is a daughter to ‘Mighty Man’. ‘Bjarne’- view his pedigree www.gerardkoopman.com/duiven/4/114/1 - is also father to ‘Raubritter’, another icon from the One Million Dollar history. More and more the South-Africa race seems to be perfect for the Koopman pigeon. In the tenth edition ‘Bullet’ (100% Koopman) was 1. acebird over all 16 races. And a year later this award went to ‘Lucky Hope’ (50% Koopman).

By now ‘Good Aim’ found a new shelter is the already with top class overloaded breeding loft of the Kitchenbrand family (SA). The many celebrations from inland an abroad were overwhelming. We like to thank you all for that very much.

Kind regards, Koopman Racing team

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