First open and first centre section was a two year old on 2045mpm for Mr and Mrs Rann and Son of Shalfleet. Rod and Linda timed Straaljager, a full brother to their 2019 Solent Federation winner from Fougeres, which unfortunately was taken by a peregrine when on a training toss this spring. Having lost a lot of pigeons to the hawks on the Isle of Wight, Rod has changed his system from widowhood to natural and since the birds have had complete freedom around the loft he has not lost one. Straaljager's first race of the season was from Honiton when he was first back to the loft, he was sent to Falaise driving to nest. The dam of Straaljager is a Jim Biss pigeon that Rod kept when he gave up racing in 2012 and the sire is a son of John Halstead’s 1st Open Central Southern Classic Flying Club, Countances.
David and John Staddon of Shepton Mallett were second open and first west section with a yearling on 2012mpm. The section winner is a hen raced on the partner's chaos widowhood system. The sire is Red Farmer bred from the last son of the Cooper's Farm Boy when paired to Shapway Ruby, a daughter of Mark Gilbert's Southfield Pau. The dam is a sister to John's Joy, second section, tenth open Tarbes on the day.
Miroslaw Chweddruk of Martock timed a two year old on 1995mpm to take third open and second west section. Miroslaw races a Leen Boer x Huyskens van Riel x Desmet Matijas family of pigeons that he imported from Kris Mazepa of Poland. His blue cock was raced on the widowhood system and had two, forty mile trainers prior to the race.
Brooks Brothers and Wilcox of Bristol were fourth open and third west section with a three year old hen on 1938mpm. This hen was previously third section, fourth open from St Vincent. It was bred in the stock loft from a direct Chris Hebberecht cock, a son of Tallis when paired to Bulled's Blue which is inbred to two Tarbes open winners, Sergeant Cecil and Legacy. It was flown on the widowhood system but had also laid a pair of eggs.
D and F Barresi and D Bull of Peasdown St John clocked a two year old on 1937mpm to take fifth open and fourth west section.
Stuart Wilcox of Bristol was sixth open and fifth west section with a three year old on 1926mpm.
Mr and Mrs Hodges of Templecombe timed a two year old on 1911mpm to take seventh open and sixth west section.
T Willis of Niton was eighth open and second centre section with a four year old on 1907mpm. Trevor clocked a blue chequer cock that had just deserted his eggs prior to basketing. It contains Jan Aarden x Van Wanroy bloodlines and was lost for nine months as a youngster, returning to the loft in the spring of 2019. As a yearling it was in the top 100 from Bergerac with the Central Southern Classic Flying Club, being the first bird back to the Isle of Wight.
Ninth open and seventh west section was a yearling on 1893mpm for S and S Bridges of High Littleton.
Completing the top ten and in third centre section are K & J Zerafa with a three year old on 1892mpm. Kevin & John timed a dark chequer hen containing Mark Gilbert's Southfield Supreme bloodlines. It was raced on the jealousy system with two hens being paired to the one cock.
Around the sections
Mr and Mrs G Lloyd of Hereford were first north-west section with a five year old on 1740mpm. Gwyn and Joy's pigeon was a blue hen containing Jan Aarden x Busschaert bloodlines and sent to Falaise on the roundabout system.
Tim and Jeremy Davies of Birtsmorton timed a three year old on 1655mpm to take second north-west section. Jeremy clocked a blue chequer cock raced on the chaos system. Jeremy runs his cocks and hens together the night before basketing. The dam of this cock came from Darren McFadden, being a grand-daughter of Mark Gilbert's Southfield Darkie and the sire is Green Machine from Crowley and Green.
John Rodway of Worcester was third north-west section with a four year old on 1625mpm. John's chequer cock was flown on the natural system and contains mixed bloodlines. It was sent to the race feeding two large, orphaned youngsters.
The east section winner was T Gunn of North Stifford with a three year old on 1645mpm. Ted timed a blue hen on its first race of the season having had six fifty mile training tosses. It was raced on the celibate system.
Brian Robinson of Grays was second east section with a two year old on 1640mpm. Brian's cock was bred from Mark Bulled's Legacy bloodlines and won three thousand pounds in the Guernsey futurity race as a youngster. Brian races his birds on a chaos system with the cocks and hens separated until the day of basketing.
Third east section was a yearling on 1445mpm for Sontag and Son of Harlow. Micky's blue hen also contains Mark Bulled's bloodlines and is a grand-daughter of Mark's Tarbes national winner. It was raced on the widowhood system.
Marc Bull of Kingsley was first north centre section with a two year old on 1480mpm. Marc's hen was sent to the race sitting a twelve day old squeaker. It contains Jan Theelen bloodlines, the dam being a stray that Marc reported and kept. Since then Marc has bought more birds from the same loft.
Mr and Mrs B Neal of Kingsley timed a three year old on 1438mpm to take second north centre section. Bernard and Linda timed a Van Riel hen that was bred by themselves and sent sitting eggs seven days. The partners race their pigeons on the natural system.
John Black of Hitchin was third north centre section with a two year old on 1419mpm. John timed a red chequer, widowhood cock bred by John Chipperfield, the dam being Herne Bay Sophie and the sire a red chequer cock that John bred in 2016.
The north east section winners were Peacock and Byrne of Kings Lynn with a five year old on 1358mpm. Kim and Bernie clocked a blue chequer hen, the sire of which has Willy Becket's bloodlines, whilst the dam came from the late Jock Ford and was of Van Dyke breeding.
Simmons and Sparkes of Ipswich clocked a three year old on 1255mpm to take second north east section. John and Kevin's pied cock was raced on the celibate system and contains Berstraet of Belgium bloodlines, with the pedigree featuring Topstar and Maxima.
Third north east section was a yearling on 1250mpm for Steve Cook of Huntingdon. Steve timed a cock containing Janssen bloodlines and raced on a semi-widowhood system.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from Falaise.