First open and first WS section was a yearling hen on 700mpm over 538 miles for Tomasz Fedyk of Melksham. Tomasz was the first person to time into the UK on the second day of the race and the only person to time into the south-west section of the BICC. The open winner is called Bella Blue and as a youngster she was one of Tomasz' best racers. This season, prior to Agen, she was 86th open St Philbert and 215th open St Maixent. She is also a full sister to Tomasz' section winner from Hexham. Bella Blue's sire is a blue cock contained Geoff and Catherine Cooper's bloodlines, whilst the dam is a blue hen, a full sister to Julie, the Classic Champion of 2017 for Steve Slade.
Russell and Clare Bradford of Irchester timed a two year old cock on 661mpm over 585 miles to take second open and first NC section. Russell's winner was one of a kit of six youngsters gifted to him by Mark Gilbert. The sire is a son of Golden Barcelona and is a full brother to Gold Lady. The dam is from Starlight Melissa, 2nd international Tarbes. Melissa herself, was first international Agen, so obviously in the genes.
Traian Ferentz was third open and first ES section with a three year old cock on 642mpm over 532 miles. This cock has previously won the section from Elgin on the north road. It contains Wanroy Van De Poel and Ronnie Elliott bloodlines, was raced on the natural system and was sent having just been re-paired.
A Annis and Son of Wingham clocked a four year old on 640mpm over a distance of 511 miles to take fourth open and second ES section.
V Dobrovolschi of Kingsbury timed a yearling blue cock on 597mpm over 534 miles to take fifth open and first CS section. Val's winner contains Van Hee bloodlines on both sides of its pedigree.
Lee and Kevin Buddle of Dover clocked a two year old hen on 595.5mpm over 500 miles to take sixth open and third ES section. This pigeon contains 100% Mark Gilbert bloodlines with the sire being a grandson of Southfield Melissa, 1st international Agen 2011 and Starlight, 2nd international Tarbes. The dam is a daughter of Southfield Iron Man, 1st national Perpignan 2018 and 2nd national Marseille 2018 amongst other prizes. On the dam's side there is also a double grand-daughter of Jelle Jellema's Orion, bred by Mark Sparey.
Dave George of Letchworth was seventh open and second NC section with a three year old cock on 595mpm over 564 miles. This cock was bred by the House of Aarden and has been a consistent racer in nationals over 300 miles having been 8th section St Philbert in 2022, 5th section St Philbert and 2nd section St Maixent this season. Dave also timed his son from Agen on the Monday morning.
Eighth open and fourth ES section was a two year old on 593mpm over 529 miles for F Cornwell of Southend on Sea.
Ninth open and fifth ES section was a three year old on 584mpm over 528 miles for P Delea of Rainham.
Completing the top ten and in sixth ES section are F Knowles and Son of Wingham with a three year old on 591mpm over a distance of 511 miles.
Around the sections
Second CS section was a dark chequer yearling on 560mpm over 548 miles for Team Magda-Cernitu of Hemel Hempstead. It was raced on the natural system and sent sitting a seven day old squeaker. On the sire's side the breeding is 100% Kipp and Sohne, with Le Petitte Marseille and De Barcelona on the pedigree, both international winners. The dam is a daughter of Val's good racer 525 which has won from 150 - 1200kms.
Ionut Brumia of Harrow was third CS section with a two year old cockon 550mpm over 536 miles. Ionut's pigeon was bred by his friend Pete Blundred from Stoke on Trent. It was raced on the natural system and sent sitting ten day eggs.
Mr and Mrs G Davidson of Bedford were third NC section with a three year old natural hen on 535mpm over 574 miles. Bred down from Louella Jan Aarden pigeons that Graeme bought in 2018, this hen has been a consistent racer prior to Agen, but has never been in the prizes. She was sent feeding a large squeaker.
Kelvin Sharman of Syleham was first NE section with a three year old cock on 580mpm over 585 miles. Bred by Doug Gatland of Surrey, this cock contains Southfield Melissa, Tarbeman and Razor's Girl in its breeding.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from Agen, held in conjunction with the international.