Mark Gilbert (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
First open and first centre section was a two year old on 555mpm over 1021kms for Mark Gilbert Of Windsor. Mark clocked a second pigeon, a three year old on 411mpm to also take eighth open, second centre section. Mark's Perpignan winner was a blue cock the sire of which came from Jella Jellma and which is a son of Silvie, (third international Barcelona) and Orion. This season this cock has been to three long distance races, being seventh national Palamos, second nation Marseille and now first national Perpignan.
The wing of the Perpignan winner (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
Southfield Iron Man, the Perpignan winner for Mark Gilbert
Steve & Sally Rhodes and family
Steve and Sally Rhodes of Aylesham timed a three year old on 538mpm over 968kms to take first east section and second open. Their timed was a chequer hen containing their Roger Senicort bloodlines crossed with those of their Alwyn Hill family of pigeons. This hen was sent to the race sitting fourteen day eggs and then given a youngster five days prior to basketing, the same way she was sent to Agen earlier in the season and where she came eighteenth open. Last season the same hen was thirty-third open from Perpignan.
The Rhodes' pigeon
Just for John
Dave Hales of Hockley was third open and second east section with a four year old on 504mpm over a distance of 1017kms. Dave timed a second pigeon, a five year old on 402mpm to also take tenth open, sixth east section. First to timed was blue widowhood cock, Just for John which was previously thirteenth and seventh open from Perpignan, now winning a meritorious award for three times in the top fifteen of the result. Just for John is a son of Dave's best ever racing cock, Tubby. Second on the clock was another widowhood cock, a son of 80 that was first and fourth open Perpignan and a grandsire of two BICC long distance winners. 80 is a half-brother to Tubby. Dave's second timer has now been named Brave Boy 77 as on his return to the loft he had two broken legs.
Lee & Kevin Buddle
Lee and Kevin Buddle of Dover timed two pigeons to take third and fourth east section, fourth and fifth open. First was a three year old on 470mpm over 956kms. Second to time was a two year old on 465mpm. First on the clock was a hen sent sitting four day eggs, unusually as the partners usually race on the widowhood or roundabout systems. They decided to pair the birds for Perpignan as with the high temperarures they felt they would be more relaxed and less uptight. This hen was one hundred and third open from Pau earlier this season. The sire was bred by F Birch and Son and contains the Cooper's bloodlines. The dam is a daughter of Amoy, the Buddle's Pau winner. Second to time was a full sister to the first, on its first international race and sent sitting three day eggs.
Alan Annis (l) & Simon Knowles (r)
Alan Annis and Son of Wingham was sixth open and fifth east section with a two year old on 444mpm over 973kms.
Strawbridge & Williams
Strawbridge and Williams of Newport were seventh open, first west section with a three year old on 427mpm over 1099kms.
W Aherne of Neasden was ninth open with a five year old on 410mpm over a distance of 1025kms. Bill's timer has been a consistent cock and in 2016 it was second section, tenth open Barcelona. Bill prepared it for the same race last season but iot was hawked three days before basketing. Earlier this season it once again flew Barcelona taking eighth open and third section. The sire is a Kipp and Son pigeons whilst the dam is of Bill's own family and is bred down from Barcelona Bernie, his 1995 Barcelona race winner.
Jan & Albie Deacon
A and T Deacon of Waterlooville clocked a three year old on 397mpm over 971kms to take eleventh open open and fourth centre section. The Deacons timed a second pigeon, a two year old on 372mpm to also take fourteenth open and fifth centre section.
Geoff (r) & Clayton (l) Preece with Bernd Morsnowski (c)
Geoff and Clayton Preece of Dover were twelfth open and eighth east section with a yearling on 384mpm over a distance of 959kms. Geoff and Clayton clocked a second pigeon, a six year old on 383mpm to also take thirteenth open and eighth east section. The Preeces timed a further three pigeons to take seventeenth, eighteenth and twenty-first open, eleventh, twelfth and fifteenth east section. First on the clock was GB17D10231 a chequer cock flown on the widowhood system. This season it has had seven channel races prior to Perpignan. The sire and dam of this pigeons were both purchased from the partners good friend Bernd Morsnowski of Krefeld, Germany.
Second to time was GB12D25792, another chequer cock flown on the widowhood system and which was second national from Perpignan last season. This season it had five channel races before the Pau international and then a 247 miles channel race two weeks before basketing for Perpignan. This is a grandson of the partners Jack Jones cock (thirteen x internationals) and a son of their 156 cock (ten x internationals).
John Chipperfield (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
John Chipperfield of Herne Bay was fifteenth open with a three year old on 356mpm over 983kms.
Spencer Nicholson & Milo, the cockapoo
J Nicholson and Son of Rochester was sixteenth open with a three year old on 327mpm over 991kms. Spencer timed a second pigeon, a yearling on 311.7mpm to also take twentieth open. First home was a blue chequer hen that also flew Pau international this year, being bred from a full brother to 72, one of the partner's BICC award of merit winners. It's dam has Plum in its pedigree, Second to time out of a four bird entry was a chequer hen that has already been to St Vincent this season (540 miles) and would have been in the top fifty if clocked. This was a full sister to their hen that was nineteenth Narbonne and twenty-eighth Pau this year, both races with the BICC.
R Pearmain & Son (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
R Pearmain and Son of Wickford were nineteenth open with a three year old on 311.9mpm over 1019kms.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from Perpignan, held in conjunction with the international.