BICC GUERNSEY 2 YB /OH|
The second Guernsey race in the BICC race calendar attracted a total of
1,405 birds entered by 225 members. The entry was made up of 1,098
young birds entered by 148 members and 307 old hens entered by 77
members This reflects the poor racing that most organisations have
experienced with young birds during the 2013 young bird season.
Nevertheless, the convoy was liberated at 9 am on Saturday September
7th into blue skies and cleared well in a fresh south westerly
breeze which was forecast to turn south, south west on route.
Weatherman Steve Appleby gives the following weather report for the day
of the race:-
Weather conditions for this last BICC race from Guernsey were generally
very good. The flight path from Guernsey to the south coast of England
across the channel consisted mainly of broken cloud and sunshine with
some showery activity. Albi Deacon now updated with the weather
conditions consulted Trevor our convoyer and a decision to liberate at
09:00 hours was taken. As usual the most important aspect of the
weather was the wind direction. Over the Island winds were light but
the birds soon picked up a fresh south westerly on reaching the open
Channel. Winds over England were lighter but maintained their strength
over the far east. (see diagram) The general picture over England was
one of broken cloud and sunshine and isolated showers, the West Country
seeing more in the way of cloud. Overall visibility was endless over
the complete race route. Another good race for the BICC ending a
successful season along with excellent coverage of the race winners by
Gareth our press officer.
Once again, I would like to emphasise right at the outset that the
positions quoted below are purely PROVISIONAL and are based on members
first bird verifications. The final result may well vary especially in
a very fast race such as this one ,where fanciers may well have
multiple timers in a very short time.
With such a strong tail wind helping them along, a very fast race was
anticipated and this is just what we got. The winning pigeon in the
Young Bird National and also topping the Centre section, was
clocked at the New Addington lofts of K. Roberts& son recording a
velocity of 1929.7 ypm. In fact the partners had two pigeons drop
together and could well be 1st & 2nd Open. The active partner here
is son Ray, as Mr Roberts senior is no longer actively involved with
the racing side of the sport. Ray tells me:-
" I race under the name of K. Roberts and Sons. K. Roberts is my
father, Ken, who is not interested in racing but looks after our stock
birds. I started racing with my father in 1983 until 2011.
In 2011 I moved to New Addington and began racing on my own but still
race under my father's name. I am a 43 year old post man and have been
there for 27 years.
The 7th September 2013 will be a day I will never forget, it was a day
when all my dreams came true when two of my young birds hit the shed to
win [provisionally]1st and 2nd BICC Guernsey. The birds were
a paired together, sitting 14 day old eggs. Before trapping
the cock trod the hen and then they both trapped immediately.
First one over the ETS pad was my blue hen bred by my good friend Dave
Batts of the West Midlands. She is a Heremans - Ceusters from
Premier Stud pigeons.
Dave and I have been swapping pigeons for a few years and I would like
to thank him for all his support and advice over the years.
Second pigeon over the pad was my chequer cock one second behind my
first pigeon, he is from Wicky and Kirk Bullen blood lines going back
to the old Belgium hen which was 2nd Open NFC old hens National.
At the end of the day I had 6 birds home out of the 8 which I had
sent. After an hour I looked on the BICC website to see the
winner was doing 1900 ypm and I knew my two birds were faster than
that, they were doing 1929. It wasn't until a couple of hours
later that my name appeared at the top of the result. It was a
nervous wait until Carol telephoned to say I had won. The build
up for the race was a mid week race with the Bromley mid week race from
Bedhampton 55 miles where I was 1st, 2nd and 3rd with the blue hen
winning the mid week as well.
I would like to thank a few people firstly, my partner Dawn and son
Kenny who have to put up with a lot because I am a total nightmare to
live with as I'm pigeon mad. My Mum and Dad for lending me the
£60 because I was skint again. Dave and Sandra Batts, All
the Bullen family for always being there for me. (P.S. Can I now sit on
All the hard working marking team at the Bromley clock station, you
know who you are and the members of the Woodside CFC, and everyone who
phoned and texted me saying congratulations - it meant a lot .The
future of the winning bird I am not too sure of, I may race her in
Well done Ray on your first National win.
Next up at 1st East section and provisionally 2nd Open is one to the
Ongar loft of Steve Coxell recording 1903 ypm. Unfortunately the
telephone number I had for Steve was incorrect and so I was unable to
contact him until Monday morning when I was given the correct number.
Better late than never then. Steve's timer is one of a batch of six
young birds exchanged with Dave Payne of St Neots. The chequer tic eyed
hen is flown on the darkness system and was showing up to some of the
young cocks in the young bird section. She had previously flown six
races with the M11 Training club and Guernsey was her first ever look
at the channel. As mentioned earlier, she was bred by Dave Payne for
whom the sire has won several 1st prizes and scored in the NRCC
for Dave from Fraserburgh and Perth . Steve's young birds are fed
on Versele Laga Superstar Plus and her nest mate was 2nd Fed the
previous week beaten by a loft mate.
The Croydon partnership of Mr & Mrs Andrews come in next with a
bird on 1900 ypm to take 2nd Centre section and 3rd Open. Yet again, I
was unable to contact the partners as there is no telephone number
listed for them in the membership list that I have.
The Benfleet partnership of J & J Brady are regulars on BICC race
results and in this Guernsey race they clocked a young bird on 1884 ypm
to finish 2nd East section 4th Open. They also clocked a cracker in the
old hens' race to finish 2nd Open but more on that later. The young
bird timer is a hen and like all the other young birds at the loft is
raced on darkness. Guernsey was her first channel race and
fortunately she returned with the partners' Old Hen to take 4th
Open 2nd Section. She is bred from a Geoff Kirkland Cock crossed
with a daughter of one of the Brady's direct Jos Thone hens,. She
was sent sitting a single egg on top of a five inch high nest that she
built in a cardboard box. This certainly motivated her to put up
a top class performance.
Third centre section 5th Open is a pigeon to the loft of John and
Bradley Donovan and P McHugh doing 1867 ypm. Bradley Donovan gives the
following info' on their pigeon:-
"Our first bird from the BICC Guernsey was self bred Staf Van Reet
chequer pied hen. She has had 50/60 training tosses this season and has
had every young bird race - 6 in total so far. Her sire is from a 3
times Bergerac winner for Gary Dye when paired to a hen borrowed from J
Donovan & sons which was bred for stock and the dam comes from
Eamonn Streatfield lines x Van Hee, - cousin of our 2nd open NFC Messac
2012. The dam was raced up to 2years old winning 47th Open LSECC
Guernsey young birds &108th Open LSECC Tours 2010 , then put to
stock. We would like to congratulate our uncle Peter Donovan and K
Roberts & son on their great performances and the other fliers in
the top 6 of centre section who like us all fly in the Surrey
Peter Donovan of Croydon is another fancier who enjoyed the Guernsey
experience as he clocked a youngster on 1846 ypm to finish at 4th
centre section 6th Open and one of his old hens turned up pretty
sharpish doing1935 ypm to win the old hens' race! Peter gives the
following information on his young bird timer :-
"The youngster [GB 13A 47623] was racing to the perch and was bred by
Andy Bury of Canterbury. The sire is a Brockamp down from Euro Diamond
and the dam is a Van Reet, The grandsire having won 15 x1sts and grand
dam is a daughter out of "Reza" winning 1st from 10,000 1st from 21,000
and 1st from 29,000."
Pretty impressive breeding
Dave Downing of Newmarket the "Mecca" of the horse racing world , comes
in next with one to top the North section and finish at 7th Open
velocity 1845 ypm. This is what Dave has to say about his timer:-
"My winning pigeon was well fancied having been a consistent performer
in every race this season She is a Vandenabeele hen raced on darkness
and sitting for the Guernsey race on overdue eggs with a small
youngster slipped under her prior to basketing. She was bred in my
stock loft from a direct Red Star lofts cock paired to a Red Star Lofts
x M & D Evans hen. I use Versele Laga feeds with the addition of
Gem Supplements and my young birds have performed really well for me
this season with 5 wins in the club out of the 6 young bird races
and second in the other one with also two federation wins in the
M11 South Road Club. This was my first race with the BICC having moved
house only a year ago and deciding to turn south with young birds after
many years successful racing on the north road."
Rob Wilton and son Andrew, fresh from their 2nd Open OH's in the
Guernsey 1 race of two weeks ago come in with a young bird on 1842 ypm
to take 3rd East section 8th Open. Their timer is a Blue chequer cock,
having his first race across the channel following on from five
previous training races. He has been raced on the darkness system and
was in fact bred by Jutla Bros of Penge Lofts. Bloodlines are
Peter Van der Merwe X Vandenabeele..
The multi National winning partnership of Dave Heywood and son Gary of
Laindon in Essex clocked a darkness young bird - a chequer hen with two
flights out to take 4th East section 9th Open velocity1829 ypm. This
one is bred from a cock that in turn was bred from an NFC National
winner when mated to a BICC National winner. Her dam being a grand
daughter of Brockamp's Euro Diamond. Guernsey was the hen's second race
having had only one inland race as preparation. I should point out the
fact that the partners have 2 x 1sts NFC and 4 x 1st BICC to their
credit in recent years. Pretty impressive stuff from one of the top
lofts in the south east of England.
Next up at 5th East section 10th Open is that woman again ...- the top
class lady fancier from Burnham on Crouch ,Essex none other than Meg
Murray. Meg's timer recorded a velocity of 1825 ypm. She was
quite surprised when she realised which young bird had made it back
first. A few weeks ago this lovely big dark cheque pied cock had been
sent to a club race near the coast and decided to go no further than
into the hands of a non-fancier near Canterbury! Meg managed to
contact a fancier who collected it and cared for the bird until the
following Sunday when he released it near the Dartford Tunnel. So, Mr
Rhodes, if you are reading this, Meg would like to thank you again. The
"Sunday Bird" has proved himself worth the effort of getting him home!
The yb's sire was bred off a pair of birds given to Meg by fellow club
fancier, Lee Bastone. The cock, a Mardon Van Reet cross Soontjen and
the hen a pure Soontjen with Sabre and Secret bloodlines. This pair
also bred the yb that gained 4th Section, 26th Open two weeks ago from
the BICC's first Guernsey race. The "Sunday Bird'"s dam was one of the
many gifts from Craig Booth of Hartlepool in the North East.
Every year Craig sends down superb birds and every year they do really
well for Meg.
Around the sections now and the leading birds in the Centre and East
sections have already been highlighted above as has the winner of the
North section D Downing.
D Osborne & son of Ipswich comes in for 2nd North section
vel 1822 ypm, Lee Osborne tells me that their timer is a light chequer
hen sent sitting 12 day eggs. Guernsey was her fourth race of the
season as she had previously been no further than 83 miles, so Guernsey
was a 160 miles jump for this young darkness hen. She was hatched in
early January from an Ian Stafford Jos Thone sire containing the
bloodlines of National Investment. Her dam is a Wal Zoontjen of The
Third North section goes to Stewart Hallett of Newmarket on 1767 ypm.
This February bred darkness young hen was bred from a Robbie Govier
sire and a Janssen x Dordin hen from Nigel Loker and was having her
fourth race of the season at Guernsey.
Over in the West section the birds had it all to do given the strength
of the westerly influence in the prevailing wind which was west, north
west at 10 mph here in the Rhondda.
Nevertheless, cometh the hour cometh the man[and his bird] and leading
the way here is one of the UK's "All time greats" Brian Sheppard of
Trowbridge. Brian sent one and clocked one to finish at 1st West
section velocity 1363 ypm. Brian clocked the same dark grizzle darkness
cock that took 2nd west section in the Guernsey 1 race two weeks
earlier. This time he was sitting 14 day old eggs. He is bred from a
grizzle cock that won 1st section 9th Open NFC Tarbes when mated to a
1st section NFC winning hen, both containing all the best of the old
west country blood of Venner and Trueman Dicken. The cock had been to
every race in the young bird programme and was given a 30 mile toss
from Bournemouth in the week leading up to the second Guernsey race.
This latest section win makes it more than 20 wins at section level in
National and Classic racing for the Sheppard loft. Well done Brian.
Another well known partnership come in next at 2nd West section that of
Brooks Brothers of High Littleton. The loft is now managed by Rob
Brooks Trosky Brooks' son. Their timer here records 1213 ypm and
is a red pied hen. She is bred from one of the "Chuckle
Bros" a pair of top racers for Rob, both flying Tarbes on the
day. These originated from Brooks Bros old family.
The hen was raced to the perch and this race was her first time over
the channel. Previously she has raced with the Bristol Fed down
to the south coast, the furthest being Portland Bill. The
furthest training toss any of the young birds have had was 14 miles.
Abergavenny fancier, "whispering" John Smale takes 3rd west section vel
1187 ypm. John is a double Welsh National winner and also a previous
winner of the Queen's Cup here in Wales. He is also a well known long
distance fanatic and has filled his loft with some of the best long
distance bloodlines in the UK. His first in the clock in the Guernsey
race is a chequer w/f hen containing all the very best of A & T
Deacon's Southwells with some Dave Impett Goldmine Hen and Lambert and
Davies Grizzles thrown into the mix along with the bloodlines of two
Thurso National winners "Westra Eddie" and "Gillian". You can't get any
better breeding than that!
Right, that's the young bird race covered. I'll now move on to
highlight the winners in the OLD HENS race.
Topping the list in both the Centre section and Open is a. yearling hen
to the Croydon loft of Peter Donovan doing 1935 ypm. Peter's hen was
bred by Dewi Staples-Jones of Croydon which was of Mark Adcock stock
being Romani Janssen/Busschaert cross. Guernsey was her first race this
year and she was sent sitting 8 day old eggs. She was used as a
widowhood hen in the early part of the season.
Short and sweet like the hen's flying time for the race!
Congratulations Peter on a terrific weekend of racing.
Next up at 1st East section 2nd Open is one to the Benfleet loft of J
& J Brady on 1885 ypm. This what the partners had to say:-
" Our old Hen GB11N8476 is bred from a son of our old Janssen Cock
purchased from Edwin Scheffer, her Dam is a grand daughter of the same
cock, she finished 39th NAT NFC O/H 2012, She was sent to Guernsey with
the BICC on the 25th AUG sitting eggs finishing 19th Open, then
returned to Guernsey for this race sitting chipping eggs, to be 2nd
National 1st section. We have had mixed luck in this race over the last
few years finishing 2nd on three occasions, but we did manage to take
the first 5 Hens in 2011."
Meg Murray comes in with an old hen to take 2nd East section 3rd Open
vel1817 ypm. The sire of Meg's hen was bred from one of
the birds she got from Stuart Ager a few years ago when she
exchanged six of her yb's for six of Stuart's. The Roman Lord, as
Stuart called him, was down through Mark Evans' Vandenabeeles. The
Roman Lord himself won a LSECC race and his son, the sire of Meg's old
hen, was 4th Section 5th Open in the NFC's YB race three years ago
competing against 3,266 birds.
The hen's dam was a Kavanagh Busschaert, one of the old stock birds
that came south in the furniture van when Meg moved down from the
The hen is a chequer yearling which was 7th Section, 8th Open in the
Old Hens race with the BICC two weeks ago, just 30 seconds behind Meg's
first timer that took 6th Section, 7th Open. The hen actually
mated to another yearling hen. and the two of them managed to squeeze
into the one nest pan. A fertile egg was placed under them and
they hatched it out and sat the baby together for more than a week
before they were sent to the race. Hey presto come race day they were
the first two old hens back to the loft!
The partnership of P Jackson & son i.e. Lee and son Joe Jackson,
winners of the Guernsey 1 OH's race two weeks ago clock a good'un once
again for 3rd East section 4th Open vel 1809 ypm she is full sister to
Lee and Joe's 1st Surrey federation Open West Bay this year . Breeding
shows Van loon bloodlines down through the partners' old family x
Corneel Bertels. She has been flown widowhood for most of the season
and was sent just on 7 day old babies [plus a lot of
motivation/aggravation!!]. Lee and Joe would like to congratulate all
those winners in their area racing with the BICC on the same day.
The King's Lynn partnership of H.G. Cook,son & grandson 's timer is
good enough for 1st North section 5th Open vel1716 ypm. This family
partnership spans three generations and fly to a small back garden loft
in the centre of King’s Lynn. They rejoined the BICC a couple of
weeks before the old hens race just to compete in this race. The hens
were kept training after the old bird season had ended and were all
sent sitting on small single reared youngsters.
At 14.26 hrs two hens dropped together and were clocked 16 seconds
apart. The first hen is a 2yr old dark pied which is a Jan Aarden x
Busschaert. The sire is a Jan Aarden purchased from Doug Gartland of
Surrey and the dam was purchased from a charity sale at Lobstock and
bred by D Garnett of Cheshire. Both sire and dam contain the bloodlines
of birds that have scored at the distance.
The second hen was a red yearling Hagen that was bred from a direct
cock and is a G/son of Gianni. The sire has bred 3 hens to score from
Bordeaux. The dam is from R Moleveld, a G/daughter of Carcasonne and
Gianni. She was the dam of two of the hens that scored from Bordeaux.
The partnership had 6 hens in good time from their 13 entries with the
others turning in during the afternoon.
Sixth Open and 4th East section goes to last year's winner of the BICC
Guernsey YB race clocked at the loft of Douglas Grant of Pevensey Bay
vel 1698 ypm. Doug was telling me that this terrific racing hen
now has a 1st Open BICC and 6th Open BICC in Guernsey races to her
credit. Breeding is Delbar x Janssen with super widowhood fed by hand.
Adam Turrell, fresh from his success in the Perpignan
International where his timer finished at 7th Open BICC, clocks to take
5th East section 7th Open vel 1679 ypm. This is what Adam had to say:-
" My first pigeon from Guernsey is a Staf Van Reet cross Willy Thas hen
on her seventh channel race of the year. Her first crossings were back
in May with the BICC at Falaise & Alencon followed by Le Mans,
Tours & Bergerac with the Kent Invicta South Road Combine and
lastly the BICC Guernsey Old Hen races. She seems to like this race
point and was 39th Open Old Hens in 2011. I had 100% returns again from
this race and would like to thank the BICC for another memorable
Peter Gretton of Brighton clocked his entry to take 2nd Centre section
8th Open vel 1650 ypm. Peter's timer is actually a late bred yearling
dark chequer hen carrying an old ring. Her sire was bred by Mr &
Mrs Streatfield and her dam is a Staf Van Reet from C Locke of
Cambridgeshire. She had previously flown Saintes earlier in the season
and was sent to the Guernsey race sitting 10 day eggs. as with
all the Gretton racers she is fed on Bamfords YB High Protein
The Ramsdean partnership of Wearn Brothers and Neilson are always there
or thereabouts in National racing and here their old hen takes 3rd
Centre section 9th Open vel 1641 ypm. She is bred from Keith
Arnold's multi RPRA award winning fast flying Staf Van Reets and
has many prizes to her credit prior to the Guernsey race.
The final timer completing the top ten in the Open result was
clocked all the way up in Ely in Cambridgeshire to the loft of
Nicholae Babes doing 1630 ypm. Nicholae's timer is a real racing
machine as she has won no less than 7 x 1sts racing and entered
Nicholae's loft in 2009 as a young bird stray. She was duly transferred
and has since richly rewarded Nicholae for his kindness. She ahs been
raced celibate all season and seems to thrive on the system!!
Around the sections now and the top three in both the centre and east
sections have already been covered as they appear in the leading ten
pigeons in the Open result. as have the leading two birds in the North
section that take 5th and 10th Open respectively.
Third north section goes to a yearling hen to the
Willington loft of Mr T Head doing 1621 ypm. This hen is of Van
Reet x Jan Lotterman Koopman bloodlines and until six weeks ago was
used as a widowhood hen. She was then brought back into play with
regular exercise and a few training spins and sent to Guernsey feeding
a 5 day old squab, her first since early March.
Over in the west section it's that man again!! - Mark Sparey of
Abertillery, that alliterative phrase trips off the tongue nicely. Mark
clocked the same hen that finished at 4th west section two weeks
earlier in the Guernsey1 race. Her sire is one of, if not the best
stock cock in the Sparey loft, whilst her dam was bred by Mark Gilbert
from a son of James Bond[Vandenabeele] when mated to a hen containing
the bloodlines of Tips, Dutch Master and Gerrie. Mark has enjoyed yet
another good season's racing at National level and has asked me to
thank Vince Padfield, Henry Preece and John Gunter for all their help
in getting his birds to the various National marking stations.
Mark's very near neighbours[about 20 yards away] Adrian, Karen and son
Jack Durham come in next on 1113.1 ypm just 0.6 ypm behind the
section winner. The partner's timer is a yearling chequer hen that has
been raced celibate all year but was sent to Guernsey sitting due
to hatch. She has already taken a number of Fed prizes this season
including 4th Fed Carentan and 13th Fed Bedhampton. Her sire contains
all the best of the Smith and Baker "21" lines whilst her dam has bred
at least 11 x 1st prizewinners and is a Houben via Cary Grother.
One of the West Country's top fanciers namely John Halstead of Dorset
takes third west section velocity 834 ypm. John clocked. a yearling
dark chequer hen a full sister to his 2011 Palamos winner,
containing Stan Biss "Natrix" and Southwell bloodlines.
This was only the second race of the season for the hen as
she was injured earlier on in the year.
Well that's the last race report of the 2013 season done and dusted. My
apologies for the scarcity and even total lack of information on some
of the winning pigeons, but unfortunately, if I do not have the correct
contact details, or alternatively, cannot contact the fanciers
concerned then there isn't a lot more I can do.
Over the next couple of months I intend to cover all those race
winners who have yet to have an individual loft report written. So keep
a look out in the press and on the various web sites as well as Squills
Year Book where these will be published .
Finally my personal thanks to Chris Sutton for supplying me with the
excellent photographs of the winning fanciers and their pigeons. Your
help has been much appreciated Chris.
Ray Roberts 1st Open BICC Guernsey 2 YB's
GB13N78912- 1st Open Guernsey 2 YB's Roberts
Peter Donovan 1st Open BICC Guernsey 2 OH's
1st Open BICC Guernsey 2 OH for Peter Donovan
Adam Turrell 7th Open Guernsey 2 OH's plus 7th Open Perpignan with old birds in 2013
Brian Sheppard & Champion Jingles Brian is 1st west section Guernsey 2 YB's
Cook, son & grandson1st North section 5th Open Guernsey 2 OH's
D Osborne & son 2nd North section Guernsey 2 YB's
Dave Downing 1st north sect 7th Open Guernsey 2 YB's
Doug Grant 1st Open BICC Old Hens 2012 and 6th Open Guernsey 2 OH's 2013
Eric Neilson with the Wearn Bros & Neilson timer in the Guernsey OH's race
J &J Brady 2nd Open Guernsey 2 OH's
John & Bradley Donovan 5th Open Guernsey 2 YB's
Lee and Joe Jackson winners of Guernsey 1 OH's and 4th Open Guernsey 2 OH's
Mark Sparey 1st west section BICC Guernsey 2 OH's
Meg Murray in loft
Peter Gretton 8th Open Guernsey 2 OH's
Rob and Andrew Wilton 8th Open Guernsey 2 YB's
Rob Brooks 2nd west section Guernsey 2 YB's
Steve Coxell 2nd Open BICC Guernsey 2 YB's