A report on the British Barcelona Club race from Fougères on 29th June 2019

Two hundred and twenty-four members sent one thousand, six hundred and ninety pigeons to the British Barcelona Club second race from Fougères. They were liberated at 7am CEST into blue skies with no wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

Michael Lovelock

M Lovelock of Shrewsbury had three pigeons drop together to take the first three open positions and the first three in section E. All three were yearlings on 1571.5, 1571.2 and 1569ypm respectively. For the winner, Michael timed Pam, a racing hen named after his friend's wife who passed away recently. In the early 2000s Michael's work took him to Belgium where he met Astere Vergotter, a fancier who taught Michael about racing hens. Up until then, Michael had only raced the cocks. When he started up again in 2016 he approached Eijerkamp in Holland, purchasing many youngsters off their top lines. The Fougères winner is a Stefaan Lambrecht, second is a Van Loon and the third contains New Olympiade bloodlines.

Marg Cowley

Mr and Mrs Cowley of Dorchester  timed a three year old on 1542ypm to take fourth open and first section B. Lawrence and Marg timed one of their roundabout cocks on its fifth channel race of the season.

Pete Hollard

P J Hollard of Lytchett Matravers was fifth open and second section B with a two year old on 1533ypm. Pete clocked a mealy cock raced on the widowhood system and containing his old family of bloodlines when crossed with those of Terry Wareham.

Richard Goodier

Richard Goodier and Sons of Exeter clocked a yearling on 1532ypm to take sixth open and third section B. Richard's winner is a Vandenabeele x Ceusters cock racing on the roundabout system, the sire and dam of which have many wins between them. The sire is a Jos Thoné, whilst the dam is a Jos Thoné x Jan Aarden.

Brian Millard

B J Millard of Bristol was seventh open and first section C with a yearling on 1525ypm. Brian timed a widowhood cock bred with the distance in mind. The sire is a Wilf Reed cock, whilst the dam is hen gifted to him by Stan Dangerfield.

Robbie Hooper

Eighth open and fourth section B was a yearling on 1524ypm for R Hooper of Poole. His chequer cock was bred from his Champion Perfect 10 lines and scored from Messac earlier in the season. It was flown on the widowhood system.

Merv Gray

Wyatt and Gray from Nailsea were ninth open and second section C with a yearling on 1515ypm. Merv and Dave timed a natural cock sent sitting twelve to fourteen day eggs. Two grandparents of this cock have won the national, Gary Summer's Saintes winner and Paul Titcombe's Cholet winner.

Vincent McConnell

Completing the top ten and in fifth section B are R & V McConnell of Ferndown with a yearling on 1507ypm. Vince timed a roundabout hen that was bred from a John Gerard cock when paired to a hen from JJ Johannes Schoeman out of his Herman Ceusters pigeons.

Around the sections

Bob & Mark Pegler

R Pegler and Son of Downton were first section A with a yearling on 1412ypm. Bob and Mark's section winner is a widowhood cock with a mix of Heremans Ceusters x Kirkpatrick bloodlines.

Rod Rann

Mr and Mrs Rann and Son of Newport were second section A on 1375ypm. The Rann winner comes from a pairing of a cock from C, B and C Harris of Newport I.O.W bred from a daughter of Noble Dream 1 and a half sister to Noble Dream purchased from Bob Besant.

Wearn Brothers and Neilsen were third section A.

Martin Williams

Martin Williams of Hereford was third section C with a Roodhooft x Jan Huybregts hen raced on the roundabout system. The grandsire is Little Joe, a top breeder for Wade Brothers.

Paul & Eamon Kenny

Mr and Mrs Kenny and Family from Wantage were first section D with a yearling on 1336ypm. The section winner is a red chequer cock flown on the widowhood system. It was bred by Roger Lowe and the sire is a full brother to Fast as Lightning.

Roger Lowe

Roger Lowe of Reading was second section D on 1258ypm. Roger timed a cock bred from Jan, a direct Jan Hooymans and a grandson of Harry and Geeloger of Koen Minderhoud. The sire is a daughter of Roger's My Little Diamond when paired to Blackpool Harry.

Dennis Baker

Dennis Baker of Maidenhead was third section D. Dennis timed a hen containing Harry x Delight bloodlines. His second bird home was a Harry x De Raul Sablon, the dam being a double grand-daughter of Gilbert's international winner.

Khan Bros

Khan Brothers of New Malden were first section G with a yearling on 1110ypm. The brothers timed a hen, raced on the natural system and sent sitting due to hatch.

Mick & Lyn Chaplin

Mr and Mrs Chaplin of Woking timed two pigeons to take second and third section G. Their first on the clock, a blue pied cock, was flown on the widowhood system and was on its tenth race of the season. Second to time was a Van Loon x Koopman cock.

Gosling & Jarvis

Gosling and Jarvis of Mountnessing were first section J with a two year old on 1061ypm. Thier section winner was the same hen that won the section last year from Fougères. They entered eight pigeons and had six on the day.

J & J Brady

J and J Brady of Benfleet were second section J. The two Johns clocked a slately cock, raced on the widowhood system and bred from their Jos Thoné family of pigeons.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the second British Barcelona Club race from Fougères