Mark Gilbert (Winkfield, UK) wins the UK Barcelona national race flown with the BICC

A fancier who needs no introduction thanks to his phenomenal success in national and international racing in the UK, Mark Gilbert and his pigeons are a force to be reckoned with. His latest success is first open UK from Barcelona with the British International Championship club and seventh open British Barcelona Club from the same racepoint on the same day.

Mark's winner from Barcelona with the British International Championship Club is a five year old widowhood cock named Southfield Tiger, bred from a son of Emiel, first international Dax and a daughter of Deweerdt's champion Magnus. This cock has had five races in preparation for this performance in 2012, three inland, then Messac, 255 miles and Tours 288 miles. Last season he was tenth British International Championship Club from the Pau International and thirty third from Agen, again with the BICC in the international. He has also been tenth open London and South East Classic Club from Tarbes and three hundred and third open National Flying Club, again from Tarbes. In short, he has scored consistently whenever sent to races over five hundred miles. 

Mark Gilbert holding his UK Barcelona national winner

Take a look at the pedigree of Southfield Tiger below:

Mark Gilbert's major international wins are:

1st International Dax 2004 17,400 birds
1st and 2nd international Yearlings Agen 11,400 birds 2011
1st, 2nd, 3rd international Agen hens 2011, 3,200 birds
3rd international old birds Agen 10,400 birds in 2011

His UK Nationals:

1st NFC Pau/Saintes 2003, 3,200 birds
1st, 2nd, 4th and 13 birds in the top twenty-six 
from Saintes NFC National 2011 4,128 birds 
1st National Messac BBC 2,300 birds
1st National Dax 2004 NFC and BICC 1000 birds
1st National BICC Pau International 2005 and 2008
1st BICC National Barcelona 2012

Mark has won the Gold Cup 4 times in the last 9 years for the best average in all races in the largest UK national club, the National Flying Club which has over 3,300 members. He has also won the London South East Classic Club four times which is another record. In short a fantastic UK pigeon fancier and a worthy UK international Barcelona winner.

UK Barcelona national winner's eye