Finally, the COVID-19 effected channel racing season got underway on June 13th with the British International Championship Club race from Falaise in northern France, a distance of 185 miles to our loft. We basketed 74 Birds for the race. They were liberated in a light south-east wind at 06.15 am. We enjoyed a tremendous first national race of the season. Winning 1st West Section 1293b 2nd National 7441b and recording a winning velocity of 2200ypm or 75MPH is you prefer.
We are over the moon at the result. Our first bird was a yearling hen bred from our stock loft. The father is Red Farmer who in turn was bred from the last son of G & C Coopers legendary breeder Farm Boy, his mother is Shapway Ruby a daughter of Southfield Pau who won 1st BICC Nat Pau for Mark Gilbert. The winning hen’s mother is a full sister to John’s Joy 2nd section 10th Nat NFC Tarbes 15 hours 20 mins on the day. She bred from a son of G & C Coopers JW when he was paired to Georgina a daughter of George 1st NFC Tarbes for G & C Cooper. So you can see she is bred from the very best distance pigeons, yet still sprinted far faster than many of the more popular sprint strains currently available.
Our excellent race continued with three more early arrivals who provisionally at this stage look like they may win 5th, 6th, 7th West section 1293b and 6th, 7th & 8th National 7441b. A truly remarkable result with provisionally 4 birds in the first 8 positions of a national race, especially considering we felt their fitness was not at it’s optimum with the lack of racing opportunities. Our second timer is a good chequer white flight hen who also won 1st Club 1st WOESRC from Coutances in 2019 against 1420b. She is bred from the New Miracle x Comet one of our very best pairs. Our 3rd timer was a chequer cock bred from Gem our direct son of Freelands Gem x Rosie the mother of our two NFC National Ace pigeons G-Force & Evie. This cock won 7th West Section 47th National Agen in 2019 as a yearling. Our 4th timer was bred from our race team in 2017 and this was his first prominent position.
We now look forward to our next channel race with the BICC on the 27th June.