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A report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club race from Messac on 28th June 2020

The British Barcelona Club race from Messac saw 213 members send 2,266p. After a one day holdover they were liberated at 08.15CEST into light south-westerly winds, increasing on route. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.
Neil Jones & grand-daughter Isla

Neil Jones of Sandwich timed two pigeons to take first and second open, first and second section G. The first on the clock was a five year old on 1878ypm, followed by a two year old on 1875ypm. Neil has named his winners Lovely Jubbly One and Two. The winner contains John Puddephatt bloodlines and was first open, fifth section Bordeaux in 2018. The second pigeon is of Van Reet origin and was first section, second open Fontenay in 2019. Neil sent nineteen pigeons and had them all home on the day.

Don Harvey

D Harvey of Dover was third open and third section G with a two year old on 1692ypm. Don clocked a widowhood cock on its first channel race of the season. The sire was bought from Bert Shepherd's Ko Nipius x Jan Aarden family, being a grandson of Seven Up, 1st open Barcelona. The dam is a Louella pigeon, a son of Donkere Bull, half brother to European Bull and a daughter of Incredible and Amazing Grace.

Steve Harris

Mr and Mrs S Harris and Daughter of Portchester were fourth open and first section A with a yearling on 1682ypm. Steve, Yvette and Lauren had all twelve of their entries home on the day. First to time was a Herman Ceusters x J and J Meeder cock flown on the roundabout system.

Dennis Baker

Dennis Baker of Maidenhead clocked three pigeons to take fifth, sixth and ninth open, first, second and fourth section D. First to time was two year old on 1674ypm, closely followed by another two year old on 1671ypm. Third on the clock was another two year old on 1660ypm. Dennis timed a fourth pigeon to also take eleventh open. The provisional first and second section pigeons are brother and sister with the sire being Fast as Lightning, 1st open Fougeres for Rower Lowe. The dam was Che x Main Man, also containing Roger Lowe's bloodlines.

Lyden Bros Hen

Lyden Brothers of Sandwich were seventh open and fourth section G with a four year old on 1666.7ypm. John and Jeff timed a 2016 latebred containing long distance bloodlines. The sire and dam came from Mick Sheehy of Harrietsham, the sire being direct Chris Gordon, a grandson of Snydale Express and Snydale Treble. The dam contains Paul Kendall bloodlines.

Bryan Boggins

Mr and Mrs Boggins and Son of Watford clocked a yearling on 1666.3ypm to take eighth open and third section D. The partners clocked a chequer cock flown on the roundabout system and bred by Sam Parker of Market Harborough. It is a great grandson of Pieter Veenstra's Mr Blue.

Kevin & John Zerafa

Completing the top ten and winning section A are K and J Zerafa of Portsmouth with a yearling on 1656ypm. Kevin and John timed a cock raced on the roundabout system. A latebred, it was only raced once as a youngster. The sire was purchased from Stuart Treharne of Nantyglo, being out of his 2014 BICC winners, whilst the dam came from their own family of birds.

Around the sections

Jason Ross of Portsmouth was third section A.

Tony Stephens

The section B winner was A Stephens of Poole with a two year old on 1606ypm. Tony timed a blue cock, a reliable pigeon containing M and D Evans Vandenabeele bloodlines obtained via Brian Shipley. Tony sent twelve and had them all on the day.

Michael, Phyl & Steve White

Second section B was a yearling on 1593ypm for M White and Son of Bournemouth. Michael and Steve had two pigeons arrive togather, both bred down from their Nantes NFC winner, Phyl's Boy. They contain Van Reet bloodlines from Ron Baxter and Daughter and Louella, plus a Van Loon from Tony Heynes.

Mr and Mrs Crutcher of Poole were third section B.

Steve & Tracey Hughes

S Hughes of Swindon was the section C winner with a two year old on 1615ypm. Steve clocked a son off his 26 dynasty hen whilst the sire was bred by Chris Templar of Bristol, being a grandson of three of his top birds.

Chris Howse

C and J Howse of Devises timed a yearling on 1660ypm to take second section C. Chris and Jane normally fly the widowhood system but, unsure of what racing would be available under lockdown, they paired their birds up and have left them together ever since. The sire of their winner is a grandson of Drum, whilst the dam contains Geernick bloodlines from the Natural Breeding Station.

Pete Barlow of Coombe Hill was third section C.

The Whitfield hen

D and P Whitfield of Newcastle timed a two year old on 1562ypm to take first section E. Dave and Paul timed a Verheye hen named Scot Hay Annie, it was raced on the roundabout system and was on its fourth race of the season.

Crehan and O'Connor of Manchester were second section E with a Jan Hooymans two year old on 1556ypm. John's winner was injured, so was lightly raced as a yearling and was on its first time across the channel. The sire was bred from Ali, first open Sun City Million Dollar Race in 2010. The dam is a daughter of Harry.

Mr and Mrs N Shaw of Crewe were third and fourth section E.

John & Teresa Gladwin

Gladwin and Jarvis of Leigh on Sea timed a three year old on 1452ypm to take first section J. The section winner is a Formula One Lofts bred Frans Zwols pigeon, a daughter of Bold Eagle, a top breeding cock. The dam is Small Tip, a direct daughter of Tip Top Junior. Small Tip is the grand-dam of their first open Agen winner in 2019.

T Buckfield of Hockley was second section J with a four year old chequer hen on 1420ypm. Tony had four out of five entries home on the day.

John Cowlin of Hockley was third section J.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club race from Messac.