Saturday 2nd October was the Final Race of the Algarve Golden Race held from Bragança a distance of 505 km.
Around 7100 birds was initially entered into the series with 3623 birds going to the final. The final was a tough affair with only 623 birds home on the day leaving 3000 out on the night. It was tough but very fair and a very good testing race.
Our own performance was a little dissapointing however upon reflection we have to be satisfied with 6 on the day including four in the prizes.
Interestingly of the six we had home on the day four of them had Luc and Hilde Sioen’s ‘Spidey’ blood in them. So it is clear they like this race and we will plan around crossing that bloodline with The Portugal Pair for next years race.
Many congratulations must be given to the very big winners of the day. Martib Steffl and his father Fransz winning 1st , 11th and 15th plus 1st Ace Pigeon. Totally outstanding and very much deserved. I know of no other fanciers that can beat them for enthusiasm and their sheer passion for the sport. I am certain many more great results will follow.
The other big winner was John Van Waanrooij the big friend of De Duif winning 4th,9th and 13th in the Final plus 4th,15th,22nd,32nd, 35th and son on Ace Pigeons from over 7000 entries. Totally outstanding.
Must also mention Rik Hermans success breeding Team Yokoama Japan’s bird Cozy 694 for 29th prize and Team Kenichi Yosihara Japan’s Keri 808 for 39th prize this one being bred from the last son of Propere and Kleine Martine.
Also very happy to hear from Jeremy Davies the RPRA Loft Manager who reported breeding the dam of Foxy Bolt 1st UK,52nd International for Team Fabwood being bred from a Better than Bolt cock and a hen bred by Price Brothers and Son from a son of Blue Mike (Son Mona Lisa) x Rocket Class (Daughter Granger) with a hen from Moonbeam a daughter of Bandit and Moonglow so maikng her a half sister to Foxy Lady.
Another welcome message from Lee Bastone reporting Mick 5 the winner of 2nd UK, 63rd International for Bastone and Watts being bred from a son of Wolverine x Daughter Sun City bred in our Dutch Loft paired to a daughter of The Portugal Pair.
Very well done indeed everyone and lets look forward to the 2023 edition .