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A report on the National Flying Club race from Messac on 3rd June 2017

The National Flying Club were due to race from Ancenis on the 3rd June. However, due to poor weather on site the convoy was brought back to Messac and was liberated at 11.30CEST The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

First open and first section B was a four year old for Wearn Brothers and Neilsen of Ramsdean on 1275ypm over 222 miles.

Mr & Mrs Dickinson & Sons

Second open and first section E was won by Mr and Mrs M Dickinson and Family from Hemel Hempsted with a yearling on 1257ypm over 277miles. The fanily clocked a grandson of New Freddy and Bak 17. The dam of this pigeon is inbred to Lucky 848 and a sister of this dam was first section, fourth open from Countances a few weeks previously.

N Flint

Mr N Flint of Billericay timed a two year old on 1241ypm over 281 miles to take third open and first section P. The section winner is a chequer hen, sent sitting fourteen day eggs. Its bloodlines on the sire's side are Deweerdt from Emiel and the dam was a Keith Nethercott x Venner.

Pat Newell

Pat Newell of Billericay was fourth open and second section P with a two year old on 1210ypm over 266 miles.

Fagg and Nicholas of Sittongbourne clocked a three year old on 1209ypm over 266 miles to take fifth open and third section P.

Mr and Mrs Bunney of Portsmouth were sixth open and second section B with a two year old on 1192ypm over 211 miles.

Boulton and Harvey of Pershore timed a two year old on 1191ypm over 296 miles to take seventh open and first section J. The section winner is a blue hen the sire of which was a Gaby Vandenabeele and the dam was a Koopman, bred down from S Innett's Mr Clean bloodlines. The partners sent ten and had three on the day.

Gladwin, Jarvis and Family of Leigh on Sea were eighth open and fourth section P with a yearling on 1189.5ypm over 282 miles.

David Coward Talbot of Chelmsford timed a yearling on 1189.3ypm after 287 miles to take ninth open and fifth section P.

Completing the top ten and in second section J is Brian Lawrence from Stourport on Severn with a four year old on 1180ypm over 314 miles.

Around the sections

Crammond & Langstaff (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

Crammond and Langstaff of Fontwell were first section A with a five year old on 1169ypm over 216 miles. The partners timed one of their Bosua x Van Osch family of pigeons, named Ernie after their good friend Ernie Smith. The sire of this pigeon is a full brother to Spartacus, 1st NFC Messac in 2011 and the dam came from their good breeding pair Van Osch 5/10.

John Halstead (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

John Halstead of Gillingham topped section C with a yearling on 918ypm over 220 miles. John's blue hen was sent sitting fifteen day eggs and was bred from a pair of Louis Thiys pigeon he bought at auction. These are predominantly Hereman-Ceusters with the sire being a son of the Goede Kweker when paired to a grandaughter of the Nieuwe Rossi. The dam came from a borther to Nys.

Sam White

The winner in section D was Sam White from Watchet with a two year old on 1104ypm over 240 miles. Sam timed a latebred Busschaert cock raced on the natural system. This section winner was bred from a pair of pigeons loaned to Sam from Dave Moore of Bristol.

Eric Ilsley

Eric Ilsley of Wantage timed a three year old on 1170ypm over 262 miles to take first section F. Eric's section winner is a Jan Aarden pigeon, raced on the widowhood system. It was bred from a pair of pigeons Eric purchased at the bereavement sale of the late George Bates, George in turn acquired these from Ken Hine.

Marcus Nash

Marcus Nash was the winner in section G with a six year old on 1044ypm over 243 miles. Marcus timed Gerald's Girl, a hen named after his late father. Gerald's Girl is bred from the old Spangle x Barker lines of W Dix and was raced on the widowhood system.

John Gannon

Section H was won by J Gannon from Norwich who timed a yearling on 1153ypm over 357 miles. John timed two pigeons within a few seconds to probably take the top two in the section in the final result. The bloodlines of both birds are Jan Aarden x Vab Reet and Vandenabeele.

G Duggan

G Duggan from Chipping Campden was first section I with a five year old on 1130ypm over 293 miles. The section winner is a chequer hen flown on the roundabout system. On the sire's side is Broken Wing, a half-brother to 3rd national Barcelona and on the dam's is Iron Lady, a hall of fame winner and Drumiller Lad, the King's Cup winner for N Black and Sons of Northern Ireland.

J R Woods of Barnsley timed a five year old on 1149ypm over 400 miles to win section K. John's section winner contains Figo x Hartog bloodlines obtained via John Gerard. It was flown on the widowhood system and has been a consistent racer, picking up prizes each season.

Mr & Mrs Fisher & Son

Mr and Mrs Fisher and Son of Todmorden were the winners in section L with a five year old on 1138ypm after 408 miles. The Fishers timed Game Lady, a hen bred down from Stormer, one of their top racers.

Section N winner (photo courtesy of Jeff Walton)

Jim Nicholson of South Shields timed a two year old on 1175ypm over 494 miles to top section N. Jim clocked one of his old grizzle, channel family of pigeons, just before 6am on the Sunday morning.

Alan Graham

Allan Graham and Co of Cleator Moor won section O with a two year old on 881ypm over 469 miles. Allan's section winner is a roundabout cock that is a double grandson of two national winners.

Section Q winner

Lee Luscombe of Plymouth was the section Q winner with a yearling on 513ypm over 225 miles. The section winner was bred for the job in hand, being a grandaughter of Cracker.

B Cooke & Son

B Cooke and Son of Wrexham timed a two year old on 1030ypm after 365 miles to top section W. Shaun and Barry clocked a Herman Ceusters x Janssen cock bred down from their Digi Box bloodlines.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the National Flying Club race from Messac.