AFTER a week’s break, Busselton Pigeon Club resumed racing this week with two events, a 650km race from Galena and a 250km sprint from Yanchep.
The longer event made for great racing, with difficult conditions as birds had to contend with a headwind for their entire journey.
With the leading birds arriving just after daybreak on the second day, it was a testament to their ability.
Alex Holgate and Wanda Burdon claimed a great win with a three-year-old blue check hen.
Holgate is a former club champion and although only racing a limited program, he has highlighted that he still has his mojo. ‘Rotten’ Ron Blackwell continues to impress with his pied family and it was yet another of these that claimed second place when he clocked at 7.35am, his velocity of 897.445mpm only 6mpm behind the winner.
Steve King also clocked at the same time as Blackwell but was relegated to third placing on fly-over time.
His decision to bring a couple of Ray Barrass pigeons into his stock loft is reaping rewards in both the local club and in the big money races over east.
The Yanchep event was held in much more favourable conditions on Sunday and fast times were the result. In the final analysis it was Anthony Sharman who came away with the win when he clocked a lovely blue check hen to register 1816.849mpm and win by 59 seconds from Blackwell.
Holgate topped off a great weekend for himself when he got another podium finish with a four-year-old red check cock.