Mark & Karen Gilbert
In an outstanding performance Mark Gilbert of Winkfield clocked numerous pigeons to take first, second, third, fifth and sixth open and first to fifth, seventh to ninth centre section. Mark's first three pigeons were clocked on day one at 1041, 1036 and 971mpm respectively over a distance of 538 miles. Early the following morning he timed two more on 875 and 805mpm. The winner of the St Vincent race, Southfield Emma, was bred for Mark by Dean Childs, from a son of Wingdown when paired to a hen bred from Southfield Mellissa and Euro Diamond. Second on the clock was bred from a double grandson of Brockamp's George with the dam coming from Geoff and Catherine Cooper's George. Third open was bred from a son of Southfield Supreme when paired to a daughter of Brockamp's George with the dam being a daughter of Euro Diamond. The sire of fifth open is from a double grandson of George with the dam out of Southfield Supreme. Sixth open contains Tuff Nutt and Etienne Mairlaen's Barcelona hen bloodlines.
Southfield Emma (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
The only other pigeon to be timed on day one was to the Marden lofts of Mr and Mrs Connolley. Flying a distance of 525 miles they timed a five year old cock on 932mpm to take fourth open and first east section. Husband and wife timed Whitenose, a consistent racer bred from Brian Sheppard's Legend, first international Dax.
Bill Knox's pigeon
SR and WH Knox of Tyler Hill were seventh open and second east section with a five year old on 742mpm over 539 miles. Bill clocked a cock bred from his Solway King bloodlines and which has now flown the channel twenty times in its racing career to date.
the late Peter & Heath Archibald
H & P Archibald of Dover timed a two year old on 739mpm over 529 miles to take eighth open and third east section. Heath clocked a roundabout hen bred from his good Pau hen, when paired to a son of Lee and Kevin Buddle's champion Tom.
J Nicholson and Sons of Rochester were ninth open and fourth east section with a three year old cock on 716mpm over 538 miles. This pigeon was flown on the natural system and sent sitting two day eggs. It was bred from hen that flew Barcelona three times and which in turn was out of Jinni, the partners' Marseille winner, when paired to Jasper, fourth BBC Palamos.
Kevin & Lee Buddle
Completing the top ten and in fifth east section are Lee and Kevin Buddle from Dover with a four year old on 713mpm over 529 miles. The partners timed a second pigeon shortly afterwards and both pigeons were a nest pair in 2012, the same way bred as Tom, tenth open Pau international and a BICC merit winner.
Around the sections
Geoff & Catherine Cooper
Geoff and Catherine Cooper from Peasdown St John took the first four places in the west section with first back being a yearling hen on 636mpm over 531 miles. Geoff and Catherine clocked another two pigeons to also take sixth and seventh west section. Flown on the widowhood system, the section winner was bred from a son of Kannibal, fourth international Barcelona, when paired to a hen bred from Farmer George, first international Bordeaux and Wollongong, first international Pau. Next to clock was a widowhood cock, the sire of which came from Farmer George and Wollongong. The dam of this pigeon was a daughter of the ace Barcelona winner De Kas. Third section contains Euro Star, Pipa, Shiraz and Farmer George bloodlines.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship club race from St Vincent, held in conjunction with the international.