This pair featured is The Pharaoh and Femke known as an easier to pronounce name of The Portugal Pair.

This pair have been together just four years and their descendants have scored at a quite remarkable volume at the highest level straight away. Children and grandchildren have won well and in this years Algarve Golden Race a great grandchild (Third Generation Winner in Four Years!) scored 63rd in the very tough Algarve Golden Race final against  4565 birds for Bastone and Watts.

The origin of the Portugal Pair has helped their success without any doubt … Pharaoh is a son of Johannesburg probably the best breeding son of our famous Drum and Femke is a daughter of Princess Propere, Rik Hermans current number one breeding hen.



This week saw the two finals in the Algarve take place.

The Algarve Golden Race from Miranda do Douro a distance of 498 km took place on Saturday 2nd October when 4565 birds from an original entry of 6977 birds and the head wind and temperature of around 30 degrees made it a real test.

Our first bird was GB21V38414 Sweet William won 3rd place UK and 50th Final overall. He is bred from a new young pair of Willem de Bruijn breeders and their first raced youngster has given us optimism for the future.

Sweet William GB21V38414 winner of 50th place Algarve Golden Race 2021 against 4,565 birds.

Sweet William winner of 50 prize Algarve Golden Race 2021 against 4565 birds

Our second bird was GB21V38410 American Pie winning 6th UK, 97 Prize against 4565 entries and is bred from Blue Star a super breeding son of the incredible Mona Lisa of Ganus Family Lofts. Mother is Noor a yearling daughter of Pharoah x Femke …The Portugal Pair.

American Pie winner of 97th Prize Algarve Golden Race against 4565 birds.

Our third bird just a few seconds behind was GB21V38402 Soul Man winning 8th UK, 104 Prize in the Algarve Golden Race against 4565 birds. This is a son of Blue Cloud a very talented son of the Portugal Pair coupled with  Persia a daughter of Bandit x Rathens Bobbi Mac , Garry Inkley’s NFC Young Bird Winner.

The nest brother to this cock is GB21V3401 The Beach Boy and he was raced in this years Algarve Great Derby to win 95th Hot Spot 2 against 2986 birds and 22nd Hot Spot 3 against 2882 birds as well as 19th in Training Race 4 against 3253 birds.

Another son of Blue Cloud this time coupled with Blue Azure (Ornat x Abagail) bred  Bastone and Watts Mick 2 winner of 5th UK, 63rd Final race in this same Algarve Golden Race final against 4565 birds. Many congratulations indeed.

Blue Cloud also bred the winner of 34th Prize Final Race Algarve Golden Race 2019 against 3522 birds and also 18th in the difficult Semi Final of the Algarve Great Derby in 2020 against 2054 birds.

A brother to Blue Cloud is Big Boss and he bred our  NL21-1275111 winner of 1st club Quievrain 477 birds, 3rd Combine 3318 birds this season.

Soul Man winner of 104th Final Race Golden Algarve against 4565 birds   

The pervious Day on Friday 1st October the Algarve Great Derby race from Alfandega da Fé a distance of 491 km was flown and from the original entry of 3252 birds a total of 2026 made it to the final and it was a very testing  but fair race.

Our own result was okay but simply okay with 134th,138th and 21st.

Our first bird was GB21V38372 Layla a hen that had already won 8th AGD Race 1 against 2740 birds, 102nd Hot Spot 2 against 2986 birds. She was bred from Primo (War Drum x Carmen) x Cinnamon Girl (Warlord x Foxy Lady).

Layla 134th Algarve Great Derby Final against 2026 birds. 


Our second bird was GB21V38318 Sweet Amber bred from Bronco (Son Cowgirl) x Juniper (Propere 10 x Jean Genie)  finishing prize number 138th against 2026 birds.

Sweet Amber 138th Algarve Great Derby Final against 2026 birds. 

Our third bird was GB21V38300 Whole Lot Of Rosie bred from Pharaoh x Femke The Portugal Pair finishing prize number 212th against 2036 birds. She had previously won 24t prize in Hot Spot 2 against 3253 birds. The nest mate to this hen is GB21V38299 Lady Madonna and she won 4th prize in the Prince of Wales International Semi Final Race from Epsom a few weeks ago against159 birds basketted from 513 original entries.

Whole Lot Of Rosie 212th Algarve Great Derby Final against 2026 birds.