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A report on the British Barcelona Club race from Messac on 10th June 2017

Two hundred and thirty members sent one thousand, seven hundred and twenty-five birds to Messac with the British Barcelona Club. They were liberated at 8.30CEST into south-westerly winds. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members verifications.

Alan Horton & grandson, Lewis

Mr and Mrs A Horton timed two pigeons to take first and eighth open, first and seventh section E. First on the clock was a four year old on 1954ypm. The bloodlines of the winner are de Rauw Sablon from their base family of birds and is a blue hen bred from Treble Two and Celine, a Marcel Aelbrecht from the famous Crack. Second to time was a three year old on 1902ypm and which was a half-brother to the winner. The Hortons sent four birds and timed them all within twenty-five minutes.

Darren Baker

Ernie Smith and Darren Baker of Swindon clocked a four year old on 1950ypm to take second open and first section C. The partners timed a widowhood cock that contains Bosua Van Ochs bloodlines via Crammond and Langstaff when paired to a hen from Ernie's old Janssen family.

John Hughes

J Hughes of Market Rasen was third open and second section E with a yearling on 1944ypm. John clocked a Gaby Vandenabeele based pigeon.

John Peever

J Peever of Crewe timed a two year old on 1942ypm to take fourth open and third section E. John's winner is a chequer hen containing Louis Cooreman bloodlines obtained via Ken Machin from Kidsgrove. The dam was purchased from Jim Sansbury of Thornton Cleveleys.

Mr & Mrs Beckett & Sons

Fifth open and fourth section E was a three year old on 1923ypm for Mr and Mrs Beckett and Sons from Dunston. The sire and dam of this pigeon were bred by Chris Till from Penkridge and earlier this season it was thirteenth section from Coutances.

Alan Shore

Mr and Mrs A Shore of Crewe were sixth open and fifth section E with a yearling on 1923ypm. Alan timed a widowhood cock on its first channel race, its bloodlines are Vandenabeele obtained from Jo Hendicks of Holland.

Gary Lewis

G Lewis of Newport clocked a three year old on 1911ypm to take seventh open and sixth section E. Gary's first on the clock was a pigeon bred down from the Combine Hen, that was flown when he was in partnership with his good friend, John Jones. Gary timed a second pigeon, four minutes later, and this one was a gift bird from top Whitchurch flyer, David Pullen.

Pete Barlow

Pete Barlow of Cheltenham was ninth open and section section C with a four year old on 1899ypm. Pete timed a bird gifted to him by Graham Clift of Tirley. The same pigeon was forty-ninth open from Messac in the classic race two weeks ago.

Roger Lowe

Completing the top ten and in first section D is Roger Lowe of Reading with a two year old on 1896ypm. Roger sent thirty-two birds and had twenty-eighth on the day. His first bird is a cock, a grandson of My Little Diamon and Mark Gilbert's Southfield Supreme. The sire is Main Man, whilst the dam is Lucky Supreme.

Around the sections

Gordon Emm

Mr and Mrs Gordon Emm from Salisbury timed two pigeons to take first and second in section A. First to clock was a three year old on 1862ypm. This pigeon contains Herman-Ceusters bloodlines. Second was a five year old Janssen on 1756ypm.

T and S Green of Ashurst were third section A.

Bill Pitney

Bill Pitney of Weymouth was first section B with a two year old on 1895ypm. Bill timed a Blue, Michel Van Lint cock flown on the widowhood system. The sire is a grandson of Champion Atilla, whilst the dam is a grandaughter of Champion Amos.

Mary Ayles

M Ayles of Weymouth was second section B with a two year old on 1867ypm. Mary timed a chequer cock sent sitting six day eggs. The sire was bought from a Richard Green sale, whilst the dam was a gift from Neville and Diane Spracklen.

B Woods of Shaftsbury was third section B.

Mark and Clare Brown of Hungerford were third section C with a four year old on 1893ypm.

Steve Sheffield

Steve Sheffield of Winchmore was second section D with a six year old on 1883ypm.

Pete Wells of Dunstable was third section D.

Derek Reid

Derek Reid of Weybridge was first section G with a two year old on 1739ypm. Derek's timed a pigeon bred from his best breeders, the sire being an Adrian Duggins cock which was eighth open from Saintes, and the dam being a full sister to his 2005 national winner. Derek had fifteen out of the sixteen he sent on the clock.  

Barry Aldridge

Mr and Mrs Aldridge of Brighton were second section G with a two year old on 1622ypm. This is only Barry's second race with the British Barcelona Club and he timed a widowhood cock bred by Sullivan Brothers of Brighton.

P Harwood of Woking was third section G.

Glen Moon

Glen Moon of St Helier was first section H with a three year old on 1471ypm. Glen clocked a blue slatey cock on its first win of its racing career.

Nigel Legg

Richard Legg and Sons from Guernsey were second section H with a two year old, roundabout hen on 1450ypm. Nigel's pigeon was bred from a son of Gary Tomlinson's Golden Balls when paired to Lammy's GEM cock and its bloodlines are pure Janssen.

K Duffin of St Helier was third section H.

Bruce McAllister

Bruce McAllister of Buntingford was first section J with a six year old on 1857ypm. Bruce clocked a roundabout hen containing Jose Thoné Poco Valencia bloodlines.

David Beech

David Beech of Dunmow clocked a two year old on 1644ypm to take second section J.

Mr and Mrs Holbard from Hunsdon were third section J.

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