Thursday, 29 August 2013

Rasbull Share Syndicate and news update

The 4th Hotspot took place on the 23rd August and our birds once again failed to produce. It has been the story of the season regarding the One Loft Entries. '10124' finished a disappointing 194th out of the 297 entries but about 90 in total failed to return. Amongst them was '10122'. The birds have been marked today 29/8/13 and there are 234 in the loft in total. Sadly '10122' is not on the list. I can only apologise for the poor display from this years birds in the Somerset One Loft race that I entered. I should have waited until the correct pairings were ready and sent their youngsters down instead but I tried 2 pairs that I wouldn't normally have sent. It is my mistakes and one I will not repeat again. Having said that, we still have one in the final and with over 700 birds lost up to this stage at least we have one in the race! I am not holding out much hope for him in the final though and all focus will now be on next years entries. I can assure you I will be reverting back to my tried and trusted breeders to produce the birds that hopefully will compete a lot better than this years entries have done.
In the Pigeon Pixels One Loft Race Hotspot 5 from 176 miles, our entry finished 8th out of the 30 in the race and ended up winning the £50 pools. He seems to be getting better each week so with just 2 weeks left hopefully he has found some form!
The bird in the Irish Classic Challenge raced in the same race and would have finished 14th. He is going with the Irish National this week to Talbenny, so hopefully he will come well from there!
We had '10125' in the Welsh Classic Challenge last week flying from Chale in the Isle of White and he finished 8th in the loft out of the 28 that were sent. The WSR fed had a stinker of a race so very pleased to see him amonsgt the returns. Later in the week Ant Williams posted that '10126' who was another entry in the Welsh Classic Challenge had returned from the first race of the young bird season that saw huge losses. This is the nestmate to '10125' and hopefully will now go on to produce some excellent performances.
My own birds have been put in the aviary and left to continue with the moult. I am doubtful they will be raced again this season. We have a good number for next year and have topped them up with 6 latebreds out of the birds that will produce the entries for next years share syndicate.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Been a while!

Its been a while since I last updated!

Firstly we did send 18 birds to Epsom for the 141 miles race on the 17th July. Despite my optimism we had a stinker. It would be fair to say this was the worst race we have had since returning to the sport. The birds were really slow and came all day in ones. We finished with 13 out of the 18 over the weekend. The last one home was badly injured but should hopefully recover. We had one reported yesterday in Stroud but a phone call this morning saying the bird died during the night from its injuries. The birds have been kept in since the race and I am as yet undecided what to do with them now as they are moulting very badly.

The Pigeon Pixels One Loft held our 4th Hotspot but our two entries were poor this week with '10135' finishing in 25th position out of the 30 entries. '10141' failed to arrive home. Hopefully he can find his way back throughout the week.

The Welsh Classic Challange raced and '10125' did return to the loft but was very late. Hopefully this has done him the world of good and he can now start improving now his fitness is returning.

So enough of that (very depressing weekend indeed!)

This week we will not be sending our own birds as they will be resting and recovering from the race last weekend.

The Somerset One Loft Race are holding their 4th Hotspot from Folkestone tomorrow and we have 2 entries showing on the basket list. '10124' and '10122' are still in there battling away. Hopefully they can produce a good performance tomorrow against the remaining 297 entries.

The Welsh Classic entry '10125' is going to be sent to Chale for this weeks race and hopefully he can produce a better result than last week now he has a race under his belt!

The Pigeon Pixels One Loft Race are racing from 176 miles in the 5th Hotspot and hopefully our entry '10135' can pull his socks up a bit this weekend!

The Irish Classic Challenge entry '10936' would have finished 15th last week if in the Pigeon Pixels One Loft Race and will be rested this week before going to the first of the Irish Nationals next week from Talbenny.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Rasbull Share Syndicate - 3rd Hotspot

Its been a quiet week with the birds as I have been in Majorca and only arrived back on Friday evening. The birds have been confined to the loft in that time. I did manage to take 21 of them to 28 miles yesterday and all arrived home safe and sound. I will take them again this afternoon. They are racing from 130 miles on Saturday and I am fully expecting a good performance despite the rest in the loft for over a week!

Our new star of the loft 'Rasbull Aquaflight' has now arrived and she has settled in very well. The 2nd Open - Yearling Final of the Somerset One Loft has gone into the breeding loft where hopefully she will breed some very useful youngsters for next years events!

The Somerset One Loft race held their 3rd Hotspot on the 12th August from 122 miles and we had the two Rasbull Syndicate birds in the marked list of 409 birds. The result shows a very difficult race with just 204 birds home on the night! Thankfully both the syndicate birds arrived back if even if somewhat off the pace of the leaders. '10124' finished 156th and '10122' finished 197th but with over 200 still missing I am very pleased they both returned and will live to fight another day!

In the Pigeon Pixels One Loft Race our 2 entries were off the pace this week but again will fight to live another day. Our Irish Classic Pigeon in the same race did fair better finishing 8th. They will all race from 156 miles now on Saturday in the 4th Hotspot.

In the Welsh Classic Challenge our '10125' rested this week after returning late last week when half the team were lost in a dreadful race. He should great heart to return home and after a decent rest will be interesting to see how he performs this coming week.

Will keep you posted on events as they happen! 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Hotspot 2 - Somerset One Loft Race

Rasbull Share Syndicate update:- '10124' was 244th in the 2nd Hotspot today. '10122' has not timed in as yet! 439 birds were sent and 95 yet to arrive back. '10124' had a good look around and I must admit I am quite pleased with that. I find the birds that do well in the early races are often the birds that struggle come the final races! Hopefully this will be good for us! '10122' however is a different kettle of fish! He is just not cutting it at the moment and needs to pull his socks up thats for sure. I would rather have a bit of extra flying but he is going to be fit enough to fly Australia with all the extra miles he is getting under his wing!