His best performance of the season was from Pau 2019 when he scored 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-11-14-15-20-21-24-26- 29-30-33-37- 48-49-52- 54-56-58-62-63-64 National and 4-5-7 International from 12,119 pigeons.
Mark timed three birds on the day of the release and when I arrived at 5:30am the next morning, a further five very brave birds dropped in over the next hour or so. We then learned that no other birds had been recorded in the UK and at that moment he had taken the first eight positions in the BICC UK National result from a 562 mile race! It was truly amazing and a real privilege to experience the moment. I left around 10am and in the two hours it took me to drive home Mark clocked another 20 super pigeons with his super team of pigeons continuing to arrive during the morning.
The breeding of the first pigeon home and 4th International Pa, Southfield Barry, is from a son of “Kanibal Barcelona” which scored 4th International Barcelona against 25,750b in 2010, when paired to an Etienne Meirlaen hen which is the mother of 1st National Agen. The dam is direct daughter of “Southfield Supreme” 1st International Dax 17400b when paired to “Tocher George” half sister to “Euro Diamond”.
Second bird home being 5th International Pau is from a son of “New Laureaat” Golden Wing winner and super Barcelona racer between 2011-2013 when he was paired to “Silvie” 3rd International Barcelona 20669b. On the dams side he father is “New Witbuik” 6th International Barcelona 25320b when paired to “Silvie” as described above.
Third bird home on the day from 562 miles and 7th International Pau 12119b, Southfield Darren, is bred from “New Laureaat” Barcelona Golden Wing 2011-2013 and “Olympic Romee” 1st Olympiad Marathon Racer. The dams sire is “Kanibaal Barcelona” when paired to a daughter of “New Laureaat” and “Cindy”. From Agen, flying 531 miles he scored 11-40-42-43-44-45 and from Barcelona, 703 miles 5-9-10-15-21-25-30-35-36.
His next win was from St Vincent, 539 miles when he also scored 1-9-10-13-14-16-21-23-28. He won with a pigeon bred from a son of “New Laureatt” 1st International Barcelona, when paired to a daughter of “Kanibaal Barcelona” 4th International Barcelona and 26th Open Perpignan. His granddam on the sires side is “Olympic Romee” a super racer for Jelle Jellema being 1st Olympiad Marathon in Budapest 2015, 1st international Marathon Europa Cup and 1st National Ace pigeon BOTB 2013. The granddam on his mother’s side is a daughter of “New Laureaat” 1st International Barcelona.
Marseille, Narbonne & Perpignan
From Marseille he won 5-8-10-11 flying 629 miles and from Narbonne at 598 miles 2-3-7-11-14-17-28. The final International race from Perpignan was also a very good result being 7th & 8th National at a distance of 634 miles. Mark has invested heavily in the very best long distance pigeons in Europe and skilfully blended them to build a family of pigeons that will clock multiple birds from the most difficult marathon races. This success from the marathon races also continues for other lofts who have birds originating from Mark Gilbert, with many winning performances from National races over the channel being reported with birds originating from Southfield Lofts.