Sparks and Dallas of Gravesend timed a three year old, blue cock on 1426ypm over 452 miles to take first open and first section G. The winner contains Frans Zwols bloodlines and had been a consistent racer having won in the club from both 95 and 180 miles. The partners had five home on the day.
Derek Reid of Weybridge was second open and second section G with a three year old cock on 1420ypm over a distance of 447 miles. The sire is a direct son of Derek's 2005 Palamos winner who was sixteen years old when he was paired to a grand-daughter of Invincible Spirit. This year it has flown Guernsey and Alencon prior to Bordeaux.
Paul Basham of Southampton timed a two year old on 1399ypm over 416 miles to take third open and first section A. Paul's hen is now named Miss DCT as it was bred for him by David Coward-Talbot. The sire contains the bloodlines of Daniel Aerens, with the dam containing those of Chris Hebberecht. Miss DCT has been one of Paul's most consistent racers and had two races on the north with the Solent Fed, before being turned south into Guernsey, Alencon and St Philbert with the BICC. She was then rested before being sent to the Pau international race where she was Paul's second bird home, arriving just after midday on the second day and taking 21st section and fifty-third open. She was then rested for three weeks and sent to Bordeaux sitting seven day eggs.
Wearn Bros and Neilson of Ramsdean timed two pigeons to take fourth and tenth open, second and third section A. First on the clock was a five year old on 1391ypm over 421 miles. This was a Vandenabeele bred for the partners by their good friends John and Dave Hawkins. Next to time was a two year old on 1341ypm. This bird was gifted to the partners by Darren and Josh May and is called Giftee.
David Coward-Talbot of Chelmsford timed a three year old, blue cock on 1377ypm to take fifth open and first section J. The sire was bred by Steve Foster from his Sagan bloodlines, whilst the dam was David's Hassendock cross hen. It has been a consistent racer having taken 4th section, 4th open Coutances as a young bird.
N Jones of Sandwich was sixth open and third section G with a two year old cock on 1353ypm over a distance of 449 miles. The dam of Neil's pigeon is his Bordeaux winner that contains fifty percent, Mark Bulled's old bloodlines. The sire is also from the same Bulled family of birds.
Seventh open and fourth section G was a two year old, blue cock on 1353.7ypm over 445 miles for Mick and Lyn Chaplin of Woking. This cock was raced on widowhood earlier in the season and then paired up and sent sitting ten days. It was his fifth channel race of the season.
G Mullen and Son of Horley timed a yearling cock on 1353.4ypm over 434 miles to take eighth open and fifth section G. The sire came from Michael Symonds and contains Jim Biss bloodlines, whilst the dam was from Doug Gatland of Hookwood and was bought in a breeder / buyer auction. It was raced on widowhood earlier in the season and then paired up and sent to Bordeaux sitting a small squeaker.
Ninth open and second section J was a two year old hen on 1352ypm over 474 miles for Mark Bulled of Harlow. Mark's hen was sent sitting seven day eggs and had been turned from the north road, where she flew Thurso as a yearling. She was bred by Ray Roberts of Surrey from Mark's Legacy x Bump bloodlines when crossed with a hen from Nigel Laycock.
Around the sections
K Land of Bournemouth was the section B winner with a two year old on 1316ypm over a distance of 410 miles. Kenny had five out of nine birds on the day and his section winner contains De Rauw Sablon bloodlines, being bred down from some gift birds from Terry Wareham. It was raced on the roundabout system.
J Clapcott of Poole was second section B with a five year old on 1291ypm over 408 miles. John's pigeon contains Busschaert bloodlines from Ray Dibben of Poole.
Chris and Jane Howse of Devizes were the section C winners with a two year old on 1270ypm over 448 miles. The section winner was a cock, flown on the chaos system and on its seventh channel race of the season. The sire is a son of the Ponderosa Pair and the dam is a sister to two section winners from Bergerac.
Martin Williams of Hereford was the section C runner-up timing a two year old on 1200ypm over 502 miles. Martin's cock contains Jellema bloodlines and is bred off his 2022 NFC Tarbes winner. It was sent sitting five day eggs.
Mr and Mrs Webber of Abingdon were first section D, timing a five year old on 1283ypm over 468 miles. Alan and Jill timed a red grizzle cock, flown on the chaos system. His pedigree is a real mix of strains and his son, who is very similar, will be raced from Sigogne.
Section D runner-up was Dennis Baker from Maidenhead who timed a two year old on 1274ypm over 458 miles. Dennis' hen contains Roger Lowe x Sablon bloodlines.
G Mourant of Guernsey timed a two year old, blue hen on 1087ypm over 331 miles to take first section H. This hen is a daughter of Fletch, grandsire of 9th Up NOrth Combine Ypres, 9,000p. Fletch is a direct son of Porridge, an Irish South Road Federation winner. The dam is a direct daughter of the golden Gilbert Pair. It was bred by Garry's friend Roger Phillips.
P Mauger of Guernsey clocked a two year old on 953ypm over 330 miles to take second section H. The sire of Paul's pigeon was 6th ace pigeon 2019 and the dam was 13th ace pigeon 2018, both in the Royal Pigeon Racing Association one loft race.
First section E was Em (Mal) Hope of Telford with a two year old on 1080ypm over 547 miles. Named Girondeuse, the section winner is an inbred daughter of Piaf, the previous Bordeaux winner. Mal also timed second section and this was a son of Piaf.
Third section E was a three year old on 686ypm over the distance of 542 miles for Team Aurel from Telford. Named, Laureaat Nela, this hen was raced on the roundabout system as she would never pair up or go down on eggs. The sire of Laureaat Nela is Mark Gilbert's Double Laureaat 224 and the dam is Laureaat Vasilica 241.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club race from Bordeaux.