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A report on the British International Championship Club race from Guernsey on 9th July 2023

The Guernsey winner
223 members sent 2,303 pigeons to Guernsey with the British International Championship Club. After a one day hold they were liberated at 12.15CEST. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.
Julie Gower

First open and first CS section was a dark chequer cock on 1851mpm over 106 miles for Mr and Mrs Gower of Woodgreen. The winning pigeon came from stock purchased from P and D Racing Stud in 2019 and 2020. These stock birds have bred many winners for the Gowers. The winner had four races from the west country earlier in the season, followed by Guernsey and Nort-sur-Erde. It was then rested and sent to Exeter a week prior to the BICC Guernsey race. Flown on the roundabout system, just prior to basketing it had taken a shine to a spare hen and they were allowed to run together. 

Mr and Mrs Shaw of Wolverhampton were second open and first NW section with a two year old on 1845mpm over a distance of 209 miles. 

Kenny Family & Armstrong

The Kenny Family and Armstrong timed a two year old hen on 1825mpm over 154 miles to take third open and second CS section. This hen has previously been 1st section 3rd open Guernsey NFC 4367 birds, 2nd section 16th open St Philbert NFC 4069 birds. 1st section 2nd open CSCFC 872 birds. She was bred by Brian Mawdsley from Southport and  her breeding is AD Schealakens/Vandenabeele.

Mr & Mrs Webber

Mr and Mrs Webber of Abingdon clocked a three year old cock on 1824mpm over 159 miles to take fourth open and third CS section. This pigeon was bred by Roger Lowe out of his race team and was flown on the chaos system. 

J & B Oakley

Fifth open and second NW section was a yearling on 1821mpm over 241 miles for J and B Oakley from Whitchurch. The Oakley's cock was bred from a son of Macaloney's Caesar X when paired to a daughter of their foundation hen, Skyfall. 

Steve Bartholomew

Steve Bartholomew of Bromham clocked a five year old, grizzle hen on 1816mpm over 203 miles to take sixth open and first NC section. The sire of this hen topped the Bristol Federation from Poole in 2015. Its nest sister took 3rd SE section from Carentan with the MNFC earlier this season. 

Cottrell, Richmond and Rogers were eighth open and fifth CS section with a four year old on 1804mpm over a distance of 94 miles. 

Mr & Mrs Hodges

Mrs and Mrs Hodges of Templecombe timed a yearling, chequer cock on 1798mpm over 105 miles to take ninth open and first WS section. This cock was bred from stock from their good friend Miro Chwedoruk from Poland. It was raced on the chaos system. 

John Halstead

Completing the top ten and in second WS section is John Halstead of Kington Magna with a five year old, widowhood cock on 1795mpm over a distance of 103 miles. Named Nyland Linford, the sire is an M and D Evans Gaby Vandenabeele and the dam was bred in Germany by Helmut Klaas and Son from their Hardy Kruger bloodlines. 

Around the sections 

Dean Childs

Dean Childs of Wickford was the ES section winner and thirty-sixth open with a yearling on 1688mpm over 198 miles. The section winner was a result of a joint breeding programme with Mark Gilbert and was bred from a son of Lincia and a daughter of Best Kittle 2. After being flown on widowhood all year, it was sent feeding a six day old baby. 

Wilton & Son

D Wilton and Son from Chadwell St Mary timed a yearling hen on 1687ypm over 187 miles to take second ES section. This hen was bred from a son of the Wilton's good Hereman Ceusters stock cock, Golden Rossi, when he was paired to their good Pitbull x Leo Heremans hen, White Lightning. The dam of the hen was bred by Mick Collins of Birmingham from his Grijse Kittel and a daughter of Nieuwe Pitbull. 

Damian Szpak

Damian Szpak of Deptford was third ES section, clocking a two year old cock on 1671ypm over a distance of 174 miles. Damian timed a son of Queen 85, the grand-dam of provisional 8th open NFC Tarbes. His second pigeon was bred from a son x grand-daughter of Queen 85. 

David & John Staddon

David and John Staddon of Ditcheat timed a two year old cock on 1725mpm over 112 miles to take third WS section. The Staddon's pigeon was bred from their number one breeder, The Real Miracle, now sire of 7 x 1st section winners and 3 x 1st combine winners. The dam is a Frans Zwols hen from Formula 1 Lofts. This cock has plenty of previous prize cards to its name including 6th open Poitiers and 15th open Guernsey. 

Freddie Bannister

Second NC section was a yearling on 1755mpm over 235 miles for Freddie Bannister of Doddington. This Dark chequer hen is an inbred granddaughter of Best Kittel and Best Kittel 2, both won 1st Nat Ace KBDB in Belgium. She is a daughter of Best Kittel Ornat x Sharia Kittel.The hen has always been very consistent, Always in the first batch at club and fed level only to be beaten by her loft mates. 

Mr and Mrs John Park of Bromham timed a two year old on 1722mpm over 204 miles to take third NC section. 

Richie Dunmore

Richard Dunmore of Thetford was first NE section and seventy-fifth open with a two year old, chequer pied hen on 1627mpm over 250 miles. Richard's hen was gifted to him by his good friend Shaun Ewing from Downham Market. The sire is a direct Joel Verschoot with Flavie, Black Jack and Mariatje in its pedigree. The dam is another direct Joel Verschoot with the bloodlines of Black Jack and the Rain Man. It was raced on  the jealous system. 

Roly Rix

Roly Rix of Newmarket timed a blue yearling hen on 1600mpm over 229 miles to take second NE section. It was home bred from a Vandenabeele cock and a Janssen hen and was raced on the roundabout system. 

Joanne and Alan Hacon of Great Yarmouth were third NE section with a three year old on 1565mpm over 281 Joanne and Alan timed a 3 year old chequer w/f cock that had been flown on roundabout for most of the season. He was paired and sent sitting eggs  for his race. The sire and dam are  Busschaerts who have flown well, the sire taking 7th section St Philbert and the dam has won from Nevers.

Team Aurel

Team Aurel of Ironbridge timed a two year old hen on 1721mpm over 217 miles to take third NW section. Named Namaste, the sire is Laurus, first 10,000km category over two years and 2nd marathon FCI 2015. The dam is Vasile Copy 577, a full sister to Champion Vasile, 1st national ace marathon (co-efficient 2.38) and dam to Nela, 1st section BBC Bordeaux, 540m. 

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from Guernsey. 

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