St Vincent winner - photo courtesy of Chris Sutton
Dean & John Childs - photo courtesy of Chris Sutton
Dean Childs of Basildon clocked a two year old on 1066mpm over 886km to take first open and first east section. Dean's winner was bred by Mark Gilbert, with the sire being a son of Southfield Darkie when paired to a daughter of George. The dam is a daughter of Southfield Supreme when paired to Southfield Melissa. Dean timed a second pigeon, a two year old on 728mpm to also take eleventh open and fifth east section.
Mark Gilbert - photo courtesy of Chris Sutton
Second open and first centre section was a two year old on 952mpm over 860km for Mark Gilbert of Winkfield. Mark timed a second pigeon, a four year old on 819mpm to also take fourth open and second centre section. Both birds were cocks raced on the roundabout system. First on the clock was bred down from Southfield Dream and the sire was a son of Brockamp's Perpignan 06. Second to time was Mark's all pooler, the sire being a double grandson of George and the dam a daughter of Geoff and Catherine Cooper's Tarbes national winner, George.
Geoff & Catherine Cooper
Geoff and Catherine Cooper of Peasdown St John were third open and first west section with a yearling hen on 942mpm over 850km. This pigeon is a grand-daughter of three different international winners, Farmer George, Wollongong and Farmer Forest. It has now been named Lady of the Night as it was almost dark when it arrived. The Coopers clocked a second pigeon, a two year old on 581mpm to also take twenty-seventh open and third west section. This was a cock, the sire of which is Darkie, a top breeding son of George. The dam was the same hen that bred Farm Stellar, second national Falaise and third national Agen.
Khan Brothers of New Malden were fifth open and third centre section with a two year old hen on 811mpm over 585km. First on the clock was a hen direct from Ace Loft's stock, the sire of which is a full brother to Mark Gilbert's Melissa, first international Agen. The brothers timed a second pigeon, a five year old on 755mpm to tale take eighth open and fourth centre section. This was again from Ace Loft's stock with the same sire as fifth open, whilst the dam was a daughter of the L Ring hen when it was paired to Southfield Supreme.
Heath Archibald - photo courtesy of Chris Sutton
H and P Archibald of Dover clocked a three year old hen on 798mpm over 846km to take sixth open and second east section. Heath timed the same pigeon that was thirty-second open from Pau earlier this year. It is bred out of his Pau Hen of the R O Jones family, whilst the sire is a son of Lee and Kevin Buddle's Tom, a BICC merit winner.
Dave & Vince Padfield - photo courtesy of Chris Sutton
The Padfield Family of Abertillery were seventh open and second west section with a two year old on 781mpm over 904km. The Padfields timed a cock that was flown on the roundabout system earlier in the season but then re-paired and sent sitting seven days. The grand-sire of this pigeon won St Vincent for the partners, whilst the sire is from Cessie, Steve Wright's Barcelona champion hen. The dam is a full sister to Ffion, the Padfield's Barcelona hen containing Wim Muller bloodlines.
J Nicholson and Son of Rochester were ninth open and third east section with a four year old blue cock on 734km over 881km. Spencer clocked the same pigeon that was forty-fifth open from Mont De Marsan three weeks previously. The grand-dam on one side is Kate, a Spanish diploma winner and on the other it is Jinni, eleventh open Barcelona, fourteenth open Palamos and first open Marseille.
Completing the top ten and in fourth east section are the Truelove Family from Folkestone with a three year old cock on 734mpm over a distance of 842km. Nigel timed an inbred grandson of Mister Barcelona from a pair of Roger Reybroeck and Son pigeons given to him by John Chipperfield.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from St Vincent, held in conjunction with the international.