A report of the British Barcelona Club race from Bordeaux on the 3rd August 2014

One hundred and thirty three members entered six hundred and seventy five pigeons into the British Barcelona Club race from Bordeaux. Following a holdover from the Saturday due to adverse weather, they were liberated on Sunday the 3rd of August 2014 at 09.00am BST. The following is a report on the provisional result according to members' verifications.

Vic Shaw & grandson, Andrew

Vic Shaw and Son of Harlow timed a five year old cock on 1212ypm to take first open and first section J. The Shaw's winner is named Trigger and is from fifty percent Preece Brothers and Sons from Abertillery bloodlines and fifty percent Soontjen from Dave and Graham Wright of Blythe in Northumberland. On the Preece side of the pedigree there are numerous winners at national level and on the Soontjen side there are London North Road Combine Thurso and Arbroath winners. Vic has flown the north road for twenty-seven years and won the London North Road Combine five times and five times he has been second open. He has now turned his eye towards the south road and if this performance is anything to go by, he will be very successful.

Mark Bulled & daughters, Abbie & Charlotte

Mark Bulled of Harlow was second open and second section J with a three year old hen on 1207ypm. Mark timed Bump, so called as he always misses her coming and is only alerted to her arrival by the noise she makes dropping onto the shed. Bump was sent sitting a small squeaker after being raced for the rest of the season on the widowhood system. Her sire was bred by Mick Carrick of Chesham direct from his first BBC Bordeaux winner and the dam was fifth London and South East Classic Club from Bergerac.

Mark & Karen Gilbert

Mark Gilbert of Windsor timed a three year old cock on 1192ypm to take third open and first section D. A grandson of Southfield Supreme when paired to a full sister of Deweerdts Iban, this cock was flown on the widowhood system. Mark timed a second bird, a three year old cock on 1177ypm to record sixth open and fourth section D. This cock was bred from a son of Euro Diamond when paired to a Deweerdt hen which was the granddaughter of Magnus and Ted.

Neil & Jean Andrews

Neil & Jean Andrews of Much Hadham were fourth open and second section D with a three year old cock on 1188ypm. After serious hawk problems the Andrews had to train their pigeons daily rather than let them out around home so this cock was trained against the wind for two weeks prior to the race. Previously this season it has flown Falaise, Le Mans and Poitiers before being paired up in time for Bordeaux. The sire has bred winners and a grandson has won Le Mans this season in the club.

Jeff Poole

Fifth open and third section D was timed at the Kings Langley loft of J Poole and was a two year old hen on 1178ypm. Jeff clocked a grizzle that he obtained from Jaap Van Alphen and which contains Silver Shadow Van Loon bloodlines. Arriving just as dusk was falling, this hen was nominated through to the federation and will also probably take third combine.

Dennis Smith

D J Smith of Bethnall Green timed a yearling hen on 1162ypm to take fifth section D and seventh open. Dennis clocked the same pigeon that took second open and first section D from earlier in the season. It hasn't been raced since this result from Fougères but has been trained with the youngsters and was sent sitting twelve day eggs. The sire of this hen was bought at George Bates' clearance sale and the dam is a daughter of Moonraker from Jimmy Shepherd.

Pete Mawby

Eighth open and sixth section D went to P Mawby of Rugby with a two year old on 1157ypm. Pete's wife timed their first arrival at 06.15am as he was out working. A chequer pied cock, it was sent sitting a twenty-one day old squeaker. This cock had previously raced Alençon when he went astray and had to be collected from Birmingham. Pete timed his other two entries before one o'clock that day so had three out of three he sent in racetime.

Julie Gower

Mr and Mrs Gower of Fordingbridge were first section B and ninth open with a four year old hen on 1137ypm. Mark and Julie's timer is bred from stock obtained from Brian Shepherd of Trowbridge. Flown on the roundabout system this hen was re-paired and sent to Bordeaux sitting ten day old eggs. Previously, this hen was eighth federation from Saintes as a yearling and has been in the result from Tarbes three times. This is the second section win with the British Barcelona Club this year for the Gowers.

Scott Storie

Completing the top ten we have J S Storie of Poole with a five year old cock on 1122ypm and which was also second section B. Scott's timer was the same pigeon that he clocked to take fifty-ninth open from Carentan in the first race of the season. Of Jim Biss and Venus Supercrack breeding, its last race before Bordeaux was Le Mans with the British International Championship Club where it was some way behind the leaders.

Around the sections

Clive Ret

Section A was won by Clive Ret and Daughter with a two year old hen on 1048ypm and which was also twenty-first open. Clive's pigeon was bred off a full sister of his classic winner when paired to a dark cock bred by Ernie Deacon. D Wells of Bordon was second section A with a four year old cock on 1000ypm. Dave timed Jackie's Boy, a winner of a Central Southern Classic Blue Riband certificate for being timed three times from Pau/Tarbes, being fiftieth, thirty-sixth and sixth open. This pigeon also won a Blue Thunder trophy in 2013 for being timed in all four classic races during the season. G Wood of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight was third section with a three year old hen on 976ypm.

Andy Parsons

Andy Parsons of Salisbury was third section B with a yearling cock on 1094ypm and sent sitting seven day old eggs. The sire of this pigeon is a Cannon cross that Andy purchased from Keith Nethercott's bereavement sale and the dam is a blue hen bred by his friend Keith Bush. This hen is the dam of several winners.

Val Richards

Val Richards of Gloucester took first section C and eleventh open with a three year old cock on 1114ypm. Val clocked his Janssen cock, the sire of which was bred by Ponderosa UK and is a grandson of Wonderboy 05 and Lichte 05. The dam of this cock was bred by Louella and is a daughter of De Felle crossed with a daughter of Compas and Flits. Phil Newton of Weston Super Mare was second section with a two year old cock on 1063ypm. In preparation for Bordeaux, this cock had five channel races, the last of which was Poitiers with the British International Championship Club. W D Young of Churchdown was third section C with a three year old on 1062ypm. William clocked one of his Orton Commando family of pigeons that he obtained from Bob Orton of Cheltenham.

Gordon Rigg

Gordon Rigg of Congleton was first section E and sixteenth open with a two year old cock on 1080ypm. This was bred from a cock given to him by Steven Holmes when paired to a Duserdryn hen. Gordon clocked a second bird to take second section on 940ypm. Mr and Mrs A Shore of Crewe were third section open with a two year old, latebred cock on 888ypm. Usually flown on the widowhood system, this cock was paired up and its hen had just laid when it was sent to Bordeaux.

Crammond & Langstaff

Section G was won by Crammond and Langstaff with a three year old cock on 1098ypm and which was also fourteenth open. Containing M and D Evans bloodlines, the sire is a son of Solitaire and also from a son of Shadow x Dau Benetton x Devon. Don Harvey of Dover was second section G with a four year old cock on 975ypm. Don timed Little Boy Blue, which was bred by Mike Spencer, being a grandson of Border Duke. Third section was taken by Freddie Hadley Jnr of Canterbury with a two year old on 859ypm.

Willie Healy

Section H was won by W Healy of Jersey with a three year old hen on 1109ypm and which was also twelfth open. Willie's pigeon contains the bloodlines of the late Joe Letchio from Alloa and also of Geoff Kirkland's family. It was sent sitting sixteen day old eggs. Paul Davies of Jersey was second section with a yearling cock on 1032ypm. This cock is named Egghead, as it came from an egg given to Paul by Glen Moon. M De Carteret of Guernsey was third section H with a four year old on 700ypm.

Gosling & Jarvis

Gosling and Jarvis were third section J with a two year old widowhood cock on 1005ypm. The sire of this pigeon was Kingpin, bred by Jim Biss.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club race from Bordeaux, based on members' verifications.