First open and first ES section was a three year old on 1048mpm over 344 miles for Kevin Foster of Longfield Hill. Kevin timed a hen now named Lady Maixent and which has previously been in the top 150 of the open national result from race points from Guernsey to Poitiers. She was bred in the race loft from too excellent racers and the dam was 25th national from Alencon. Both sire and dam came from the number one stock cock, Dark Misty, a great breeder bred by Rob Rome. The paternal grandmother is a De Rauw Sablon hen, a double grand-daughter of The Gilbert. The maternal grand-dam is the Spracklen hen from Neville Spracklen, a direct daughter of his Tarmac. Kevin timed three hens on the day.
Dean Childs of Wickford was second open and second ES section with a four year old on 1030mpm over a distance of 359 miles. The pedigree of Dean’s winner contains no end of well performing pigeons with the sire having already bred a 4th national Guernsey and is himself a son of twice national winner Gilbert, bred and raced by Charlie Simmons of Basildon. The dam was Chalice Joy, a winner of 2nd national Fougeres and bred direct from Chalice Prince and Chalice Princess (parents to 1st, 2nd and 6th national winners.) Dean’s pigeon had now been named Chalice Lee and was raced on the roundabout system.
David and John Staddon of Ditcheat timed a five year old on 996mpm over 342 miles to take third open and first WS section. The section winner is the partners best racing cock, Miracle Maker. It is bred from their elite breeder The Real Miracle x Comet. It was raced on the chaos widowhood system but is currently without a hen as its most recent partner ws lost.
Martin Williams of Hereford was fourth open and first NW section with a two year old on 967mpm over 403 miles. Martin timed the same blue Jelle Jellema cock bird that was first section, twentieth open from St Philbert. Its breeding is inbred Romee through the Jan Morsink bloodlines.
S Buckle of Northwood was fifth open and first CS section with a three year old on 961mpm over 359 miles. This was a Janssen widowhood cock.
Lanahan and Gerard of Poole clocked a yearling hen on 953mpm over a distance of 313 miles to take sixth open and second WS section. This hen was bred out of their race team from a chequer Jan Arden and a chequer Jellema cock bird. It was raced on the widowhood x chaos system.
Jonathan Palmer of Ipswich was seventh open and first NE section with a four year old on 952mpm over 403 miles.
Eighth open and third ES section was a yearling on 950.8pm over 346 miles for Damian Szpak of Deptford. Damian timed five pigeons on the day and his first on the clock was a 2021 late bred cock from a grand-daughter of De Figo. The sire is a brother to New Electro - second and sixth national ace sprint pigeon in Poland.
I Ripan of Stanmore timed a two year old on 950mpm over a distance of 360 miles to take ninth open and second CS section.
Completing the top ten and in third WS section is N Stevens of North Perrott with a four year old hen on 949mpm over 329 miles. Nick’s pigeon contains Padfield Family x Wim Muller bloodlines. It was sent to Messac with the NFC and returned in excellent condition so was then put into St Maxient. Her cock bird was Nick’s second pigeon hp,E and he is House of Aarden Padfield, being a double grandson of The Iron Lady.
Around the sections
A Holdaway of Emsworth was third CS section with a five year old hen on 937mpm over 308 miles. The grand-dam of this pigeon was first open BICC Tarbes, whilst the grand sire was thirteenth open from Tarbes and was sire to the grand-dam.
John Black of Hitchin timed a two year old on 803mpm over 387 miles to take first NC section and thirty-fifth open. John’s red chequer widowhood cock is now called Red 27 and was on its second race of the season. The sire was gifted to John by Guy Read of the Isle of Wight and its bloodlines include George, Little Gem, Wiinney and Morning Glory. The dam was another gift, this time from Jamie Clark of Snelling in Kent. The sire is Seb, sire to Wingdown when paired to John’s good national hen.
Dave George of Letchworth was second NC section with a three year old on 794mpm over a distance of 386 miles. The great-grand sire of Dave’s dark chequer cock is New Laureaat, 1st international Barcelona on the sire’s side and on the dam’s the grand sire is Black Shadow, second international Barcelona. The dam’s grand sire was bred by the House of Arden.
Brian Clarke of Hitchin was third NC section with a four year old on 725mpm over 387 miles.
Second NE section was Deller and Pettit from Cambridge with a three year old on 469mpm over 401 miles. This was a Bricoux Janssen cross bred from stock of Noel Callaghan of Cambridge. It has been lightly raced and is on its second channel race of the season.
Third NE section was a two year old on 468mpm over 448 miles for Mr and Mrs Payne and T Foster from Fakenham. The partners clocked a cock bird which returned with a chest injury. The four grand-parents are their 1st section MNFC Bordeaux hen, a Hagan hen that has flown Tarbes, a son of David Hales’ Dave’s Diva and a Paul Woolliss cock bred through Paulina, Lona and Ambition bloodlines.
Booth and Roper of Tewkesbury timed a four year old on 746mpm over a distance of 397 miles to take second NW section. They timed a blue chequer cock to take provisionally 2nd NW section and 41st open. The bird was clocked on the second day flying just short of 400 miles. This pigeon previously took 2nd NW section, 18th open BICC Guernsey this year. He is bred from the lines of Cooper/Mark Gilbert. Last year he was hit by hawks several times. They decided enough was enough and he didn’t race again that year, looking after him to race again this year and has proved to be very consistent. They would like to congratulate the open winner, Kevin Foster and their good friend Martin Williams for taking 1st NW section.
Third NW section was won by Lionel Brewer of Worcester with a two year old on 482mpm over a distance of 407 miles.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from St Maixent-Ecole.