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A report on the British International Championship Club race from Poitiers held on 27th May 2017

Four hundred and eleven members entered three thousand six hundred and sixty-seven pigeons into the first British International Championship Club race from Poiteirs. They were liberated at 07.45CEST into a light southerly wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

John Chipperfield Of Herne Bay - BICC Poitiers 1 winner (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

Hugo - the Poitiers winner (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

John Chipperfield of Herne Bay was first open and first east section with a yearling on 1515mpm over 345 miles. John's winner was a Jan Aarden, raced on the widowhood system and the sire is a full brother to his BICC Pau international winner. The dam is a hen on loan from the Jutla Brothers containing the Battenburg Van der Merwe bloodlines. Prior to Poitiers this cock had two inland races and was then sent to Alençon at 207 miles. John only sent him to Poitiers as he was winding him up, refusing to enter the loft when called in.

Pat Newell

Pat Newell of Billericay timed a yearling on 1475mpm over 360 miles to take second open and second east section. Pat actually clocked two birds close together and both will feature high up in the final result. First in the clock was a blue pied hen bred from a good Pau pigeon. Second was a three year old, blue hen, the sire of which was first section from San Sebastian and twenty-third open from Pau.

Richard Beaumont

Richard Beaumont of Burgh Castle was third open and first north-east section with a four year old on 1437mpm over 431 miles. Richard timed a mealy cock flown on the widowhood system and containing Luc Van Coppenolle bloodlines obtained from Dave Hazel of Lezah Lofts. These were crossed with a Staf Van Reet that Richard bought at a breeder buyer sale and which was bred by Terry Snell of Reedham.

Khan Bros

Khan Brothers of New Malden were fourth open and first centre section with a two year old on 1417mpm over a distance of 345 miles. First on the clock was a chequer cock raced on the widowhood system and bred by the brothers, being a grandchild of their champion hen, the L Ring Hen. The Khans had sixteen out of eighteen sent home on the day.

Gary & Dave Heywood (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

D Heywood and Son of Laindon clocked a three year old on 1409mpm over 358 miles to take fifth open and third east section. The Heywood's winner was a grandson of John Joe, the loft's foundation cock, when paired to a daughter of their Tours winner, Tours Lad. The dam is Celebration which was bred from their Fougères national winner.

Mark Gilbert (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

Mark Gilbert of Winkfield was sixth open and second centre section with a two year old on 1407mpm over 351 miles. Mark had two pigeons drop together, the first being a cock, the sire of which was a son of Starlight, second open Tarbes international, when paired to Melissa, first international Agen. Second on the clock was again bred from Starlight x Melissa with the dam being a son of Euro Diamond. Both pigeons were raced on the widowhood system.

D Wilton & Son

Seventh open and fourth east section went to D Wilton and Son of Chadwell St Mary with a yearling on 1401.3mpm over 350 miles. Father and son timed a cock, the sire of which was bred for stock from a direct Robert Venus cock containing Super Crack Crusson bloodlines. The dam was a grandaughter of Vale Cahors, the Cahors national winner bred by the late Brian Long.

Dave & Daniel Watson

D Watson and Son from Ashford Common were eighth open and third centre section with a yearling on 1401.2mpm over 348 miles. Dave and Daniel's timer was a widowhood cock bred down from their own family of pigeons and on its fourth channel race this season.

Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster of Longfield Hill was ninth open and fifth east section with a two year old on 1400mpm over a distance of 344 miles. The sire of this hen is from Neville Spracklen's Golden Pair, a grandson of Southfield Supreme. The dam came from Mark Gilbert and is a direct daughter of first open Saintes crossed with a son of Euro Diamond.

Pieter Oberholster

Completing the top ten and in first north-centre section is Pieter Oberholster of Keysoe with a yearling on 1398mpm over 405 miles. Pieter's hen is bred down from his own family of pigeons with a new Vandenabeele cross added to good effect.

Around the sections

Rob Wilton

R and R Wilton of Somerset were first west section with a three year old on 1319mpm over 353 miles. Rob clocked a cock raced on the chaos system. The dam's contains Clywd Lofts, Doodles Lamberts and Neville Spracklen bloodlines, whilst the sire is the Saint, first section, second open Saintes.

Geoff Cooper

Geoff and Catherine Cooper of Peasdown St John were second west section with a five year old on 1289mpm over 360 miles. Geoff and Catherine timed Farmer Sparey, named after Mark Sparey of Wales, as he fancied this cock when he visited the Cooper's loft a couple of years ago. Farmer Sparey has won many prizes, including first combine from Bordeaux. He is a grandson of George, first open NFC Tarbes.

John Halstead of Kington Magna was third west section. John's timer was a widowhood cock bred from a Roger Lowe, Daniel Aarens cock when paired to Traskia, the Southwell hen that is the dam of Nyland Cassius.

David Paine from St Neots was second north-centre section with a three year old on 1380mpm over 402 miles. David's timer is a widowhood hen containing Jan Van de Pasch bloodlines obtained via Premier Stud. Preparation for Poitiers was four inland races followed by Carentan.

Mr and Mrs Fisher of Boston were third north-centre section.

S Kaschner of Diss was second north-east section with a four year old on 1437mpm over 415 miles.

Joanne and Alan Hacon from Great Yarmouth were third north-east section. The Hacons timed a widowhood cock containing Busschaert x Southwell bloodlines.

Bauress & Murray

The north-west section was won by Bauress and Murray from Huyton with a three year old on 1326mpm over 503 miles. Jimmy and John clocked a roundabout hen, a full sister to their Alençon winner earlier this season. The partners have now been third, second and first section in the first three BICC races of the season. They had twelve home from the seventeen sent on the day.

Nigel Matthews from Bridgnorth was second north-west section with a two year old on 1317mpm over 404 miles. Nigel timed a widowhood cock that has had all three BICC races this season and will now be prepared for Tarbes.

Jeremy Davies

T and J Davies from Birtsmorton were third north-west section. Jeremy timed a hen, the dam of which was bred by the House of Aarden from Padfield Invincible bloodlines. The sire was bred from a Richard Pugh Barcelona cock when paired to a daughter of Barcelona 241. This hen was raced on the sliding door system.

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