John Halstead of Gillingham timed two pigeons to take first and third open, first and third section B. John's first was a yearling on 1279ypm. Now named Nyland Wade, the sire of this pigeon was Ruby's Lad, itself a winner of first section, forty-second open National Flying Club Saintes, 3,187 birds as a yearling in 2014. The dam was purchased from Hawkins and Evans and is a grand-daughter of Pre Olympic. The Ruby line has been very successful in national and classic racing and goes all the way back to M and D Evans' Vandenabeele bloodlines including Rolls Royce, Jester, Carrie, Pearce and Jade Leanne. The second timer for John was a two year old on 1257ypm, Nyland Linford, which in 2019 won the Dorset Federation yearling of the year trophy. Nyland Linford is a Vandenabeele x Hardy Kruger.
Chris Bartlett of Salisbury also timed two pigeons to take second and eighth open, second and sixth section B. First on the clock was a yearling on 1261ypm, next up was a three year old on 1228ypm. Chris keeps around thirty old birds and breeds thirty to forty young birds each year, most of which are Janssen based. His old birds are raced widowhood to start with and then paired up for the longer races. His first on the clock is named Primrose Jean and was sent paired to another hen and sitting eggs. The sire won the first three club races as a young bird and topped the Wiltshire and District Federation and the dam was fourth section, twenty-sixth open Central Southern Classic Flying Club from Messac. Chris' second timer is one he purchased from Simeon Turner in a kit of young birds. Previously it has won fourteenth section, one hundred and eighteenth open National Flying Club from Cholet.
Mr and Mrs Cowley of Dorchester were fourth open and fourth section B with a thee year old on 1228ypm. Lawrence and Marg timed one of Marg's roundabout hens which was flown to the hens' section only but trapped to the cocks' section on race day. This hen is a Denis Sapin pigeon bred from birds purchased at Blackpool and has club and federation cards in past seasons.
Mr and Mrs May and Son of West Ashling timed two pigeons to take fifth and seventh open, first and second section G. The first was a two year old cock on 1224.5ypm. This pigeon was raced on the roundabout x widowhood system and was bred from one of the partners' number one breeding pairs, Blue Rossi, son of Spiderman when paired to Combine Queen, a grand-daughter of De Jan and De Power, both with Heremans Ceusters bloodlines. Second on the clock was a yearling cock on 1216ypm and also raced on the roundabout x widowhood system. This cock is a grandson of Spiderman.
R and V McConnell of Ferndown were sixth open and fifth section B with a two year old on 1224.4ypm. Vincent clocked a blue cock bred down from Mark Gilbert pigeons and which is a grandson of Mark's NFC winner Champ. This pigeon topped the Dorset Federation as a yearling and is now named Parley.
Ninth open and first section C was a yearling on 1204ypm for Wyatt and Gray of Nailsea. Dave and Merv timed a yearling hen from a similar family of pigeons that bred second section British Barcelona Club Fougeres in 2019. The grandsire has Gary Summers' NFC winning bloodlines.
Completing the top ten and in second section C were A and S Thompson of Radstock with a two year old blue on 1200ypm. Alan and Sue timed Sweet Harvest, a very consistent hen that the weekend before was second club from Exeter. Sweet Harvest is bred from Gaston Van de Wouwer bloodlines. Sue is a region secretary for the Royal Pigeon Racing Association in the UK.
Around the sections
The section A winners were Berry and Matthews of New Milton with a yearling on 1199ypm. Their section winner is called Lucy and is a grand-daughter of Scar, the base of their Janssen x Van Den Bosche family which they have had since 1986. Lucy was bred four generations down from the original pigeons.
Mr and Mrs Moody of Portsmouth timed two pigeons which arrived together to take second and third section A. Their first was a yearling on 1194ypm. First on the clock was a pigeon from a kit of youngsters they brought in last year from their friend Paul Rimmington. Second to time was a Van Den Bulck pigeon containing Kittle bloodlines.
S Thorpe of Swindon was third section C with a yearling on 1197ypm.
Sherman and Wells of Oxford were first section D with a German rung three year old hen on 1197ypm. The section winner was bought at a Belgium show that Steve went to with a club mate who was buying from Franz Lange. Steve decided to purchase two young birds himself, this hen being one of them. It is a Van den Bulck x Janssen Delbar that was flown on the roundabout system.
Mr and Mrs P Kenny and Family of Wantage were second section D with a yearling on 1197ypm. The partners' winner is a blue bar cock, flown on the widowhood system. It has Vandenabeele bloodlines bred down from their stock team from Mark Evans of Myrtle Lofts. The sire is a son of Queen of Diamonds when paired to Levi Young, whilst the dam is off Maverick when paired to Lady Cruise.
N Finch of Wantage was third section D.
P Whitfield of Newcastle was first section E with a two year old on 1119ypm. One of the furthest flying lofts in section E, Paul clocked a chequer widowhood cock bred from a cross of pigeons that he and his father swap each year. This cock contains Kuyper x Verhaye bloodlines.
D Hughes of Market Drayton was second section E with a two year old on 1105ypm. Daniel timed Westland Dream which was second section from Bordeaux in 2019 and was bred by his dad, Mick Hughes.
Mr and Mrs Beckett and Sons of Stafford were third section E.
J May and Sons of Chichester were third section G.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club race from Wadebridge.