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A report on the Central Southern Classic Flying Club race from Fougeres on 1st July 2023

First Open
107 members sent 1,011 pigeons to Fougeres with the Central Southern Classic Flying Club. They were liberated at 12.30CEST into a strong NW wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.
Nick Wilson

First open and first SE section was a four year old hen on 1398ypm over 173 miles for Nick Wilson of Portsmouth. Nick timed a second pigeon, a yearling hen on 1396.6ypm to also take third open and third section. The open winner has already won 3rd open, 3rd section BICC Guernsey in 2021 and second ace pigeon south in the same year. It is bred out of a cock that Nick purchased at Blacpool. His second timer is a grand-daughter of that same cock bird. 

The pedigree of the open winner
Richie Thomas

R Thomas of Portsmouth was second open and second SE section with a yearling on 1396.8ypm over a distance of 174 miles. Richie and Jayne's pigeon was a Belgian widowhood cock, given to them by their friend Steve Harris of Portsmouth. 

Erik Neilson

Wearn Brothers and Neilson of Ramsdean were fourth open and fourth SE section with a yearling on 1394ypm over 184 miles. Erik timed two further pigeons to also take sixth and seventh open, sixth and seventh SE section. First on the clock was a James Parker Lambrecht pigeon. Second to time contains Kees Droog bloodlines and is from a son of Tarbes winners x grandson of Golden Barcelona. 

K & S Legg & Son's pigeon

K and S Legg and Son of Portsmouth timed a yearling on 1376ypm over 174 miles to take fifth open and fifth SE section. Kalvin clocked a cock bird containing Mark Gilbert x Geoff and Catherine Cooper's bloodlines/ It is the same way bred as the partners first bird home from Tarbes with the NFC the same weekend. 

Dek Jones

D and K Jones of Havant were eighth open and eighth SE section with a three year old on 1375.7ypm over 175 miles. Dek's cock was bred by Dave Roberts and contains Formula One Lofts' Frans Zwols bloodlines. 

Steve Harris

Ninth open and ninth SE section was a yearling on 1375.4ypm over 174 miles for Mr and Mrs Harris and Daughter of Portchester. This pigeon was bred by Norman Becker of Germany and was bought from John Gerard last season. 

Completing the top ten and in tenth SE section are K and L Cleife of Portsmouth who timed a two year old on 1371ypm over a distance of 174 miles. This pigeon was one of a group of six young birds that were gifted to the partners by Brian Wall. It was sent to Fougeres witting a four day old youngster. 

Around the sections 

Dave & John Staddon

David and John Staddon of Shepton Mallet were first SW section with a two year old cock on 1184ypm over 202 miles. The section winner is bred from the partners top racer, Red Treble, a multiple national winner. The weekend saw him winning 1st SW section, 1st Glastonbury Flying Club and 1st West of England South Road Combine. 

Mark Gower

Mark and Julie Gower of Fordingbridge were second SW section with a yearling on 1182ypm over 183 miles. Mark and Julie clocked a mealy cock, flown on the roundabout system. It is bred from P and D Stud stock with the sire being a David Peeters pigeon and the dam from a grand-daughter of Van den Bulcks' Geode Rode. 

Kevin Henley

K Henley of Trowbridge timed two pigeons to take first and second NW section. First on the clock was a two year old cock on 1239.9ypm over 213 miles. Second was a three year old on 1239.8ypm. The section winner is related to Ian Freeman's Inny, a double one loft winner, Perpignan, crossed with Mr and Mrs May of Guildford's Vandenabeele bloodlines. 

Chris Howse

The NW section runners-up were C and J Howse of Devizes, who timed a two year old hen on 1167ypm over 209 miles. Chris and Jane's first bird home was bred by Paul Kenny from his distance family of pigeons. It will now go to Bordeaux in two weeks time. 


The NE section winners were J and P Parker of Beenham who timed a three year old hen on 1357ypm over 213 miles. 

Roger Lowe

Roger Lowe of Reading was second NE section with a three year old cock named Blue 46, on 1352ypm over a distance of 217 miles. Blue 46 has won nine top positions in national and classic racing. It is bred from Main Son, himself bred from Main Man, bred out of Little Diamond. The dam of Blue 46 is My Flo Joe bred by Pieter Veenstra and a full sister to his top hen, Return Flo Joe. 

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the Central Southern Classic Flying Club race from Fougeres.