Had a very welcome call from Shaun Cooke reporting the success of his Chip Shop Cooke’s ( Bates and Cooke) entry Erin’s Dream in this years Algarve Great Derby Final.

She won 1st Wales 31st International in the very testing Final Race from Alfandega Da Fe a distance of 486 km. We are very pleased indeed to have bred the parents with her sire a son of Little Big Man (Propere 10 x Foxy Lady) paired to Double Rocket (Daughter War Drum) and her dam is from Major Tom (Granger x Mary Kate) paired to Lilliwen (Hannibal x Simply Perfect).

Once again we must offer our congratulations on this performance especially as its their first attempt.

Sire of Chip Shop Cooke’s  Erins Dream…1st Wales 31st Final Race Algarve Great Derby 2020…

Dam of Chip Shop Cooke’s  Erins Dream…1st Wales 31st Final Race Algarve Great Derby 2020…

Our own performance in this race was disappointing…we could have done better.

Tutti Frutti (Blue Star x Bliksems Best) our first bird in the final finished in 92nd place.

92nd place Algarve Great Derby Final Race 2020 against 1726 birds.

In the Ace Pigeon competition our blue hen Indian Wedding finished a respectable 1st Wales, 28th International against 2457 birds however we had hoped for a top ten finish. But once again Indian Wedding has Foxy Lady in her breeding and so has Erin’s Dream, so its another very solid reference for her offspring in a good working race.

Indian Wedding 1st Wales,28th International Ace Pigeon Algarve Great Derby 2020 against 2457 entries.


Another bright spot for us in this years series was Rainbow Love a Grandson of our Portugal Pair who won 18th place in the Semi Final Race another good testing race against 2054 birds and was our leading bird in the Ace Pigeon competition going into the final however he only managed a second day return in the Final.

Rainbow Love…18th Semi Final Race Algarve Great Derby 2020 against 2054 birds.