John Crehan (Salford, UK) aka 'The Manchester Maestro' wins first national Ancenis with Solo Warrior - his single entry

Six hundred and twenty-nine members entered five thousand, one hundred and sixty pigeons into the National Flying Club race from Ancenis on 16th June 2018. They were liberated at 07.10CEST and the winner was clocked seven hours, twenty-nine minutes and forty-six seconds later at the Salford loft of John Crehan, also known as The Manchester Maestro.

John Crehan

What is most remarkable about John's winning pigeon is that it was the sole pigeon that he sent to the race! Mr National (NL15/1849590) was clocked on a velocity of 1662.66ypm over a distance of 425 miles. Mr National is a direct Jan Hooymans' pigeon. John Crehan is now into his fifth full season of racing these pigeons which are closely selected for him by the ace fancier from Kerkdriel. After meeting in South Africa in 2013, the two fanciers entered into a collaboration and each season John finds that Jan's pigeons go from strength to strength. The icing on the cake then, is that these two fanciers have now won a national in the UK.

The sire of Solo Warrior is Jan's Zhan Zhi Lin, also the sire to Balkan Lady, first open Balkanic one loft race in 2013. Zhan Zhi Lin was also sire to inland club card winners for John Crehan. The dam of Solo Warrior is Sister Harry. Harry was first Blois 37,728p, first Chateauroux 22,347p. and third Chateauroux 21,520p. Sister Harry also took cards at club level in inland racing for John. The full pedigree of Solo Warrior contains such iconic pigeons as Kleine Dirk, Kanibaal and Bliksem and fanciers such as C and G Koopman, Pieter Veenstra and Dirk Van Dyke. This is truly a pigeon bred in the purple and up for the job in hand. Take a look at the pedigree for Solo Warrior here...

As well as winning the national it is predicted that John Crehan will be the Three Counties Combine winner from Carentan the previous week and once this is confirmed we will be reporting on this achievement as well. Coupled with this, the same weekend as the Combine race, John was third section, fifty-fourth open from Poitiers with the British International Championship Club, a race to which he only sent two pigeons and which is over five hundred miles to his loft.

Congratulations John, to send just the one pigeon and to win the race, well that is superb pigeon racing! We will certainly be looking out for your performances later in the season.

John Crehan would like to send his thanks to Thomas and Nikolas Gyselbrecht, Pieter Oberholster and Jan Hooymans, as without their help he wouldn't be where he is today.