That’s another old bird season completed and what have we learnt anything or nothing and do we know what we have done wrong. Pigeon men don’t really admit to what they have done wrong but in my case I usually make notes so that others can make a mental note just in case they are in the same position at any time in the future. I slipped up in the Tarbes race because we had the ETS struck instead of a control strike with our first arrival because I thought the race had closed that day. Wrong, because we had two more next morning that would have been in the top 30 of the section and on the first rung of the ladder in the top 500 of the NFC had our clock still been in use. Never mind its just one of those things that we can learn from and that’s debatable because I don’t think we learn enough from our mistakes. What else have I done wrong, oh yes the evergreen pigeon man’s problem, started the season overcrowded and ended up racing paired instead of roundabout that both myself and the pigeons have been getting used too?
What has been the most pleasing pigeon to see come home, that is simple, the blue hen that we sent to Barcelona, just out of time maybe but she came home from what was classed as a disastrous race even for the continental fanciers. I have been asked on more than one occasion about the National FC and winning the races. If you are a genuine racing fancier who wants to reach the heights in pigeon racing and a member then you need to race in the NFC and make your priority the result. Many years ago when I looked at the National results the first 500 were more prominent and therefore it was always my aim to make that result. Yes I can hear it now, “What goods that” well that is the starting gate from the bottom rung of the ladder for me and the aim is to climb that ladder as high as I can and the highest at the moment is 3rd open so who knows what the future holds. I unlike some am not stupid enough to think I can win them all because that is not possible now or ever will be. Over the years I have been very pleased with how high up the ladder I have been with as I say 3rd open at St Nazaire 408mls and in the Grand National race 697mls the best has been 25th open 45th open Pau etc. There have been plenty of others on the result as well so I keep achieving my goal. There is no point whatsoever in thinking that you are going to win every race in the NFC because you are not, nobody is because the competition is so strong. I have also heard fanciers say that they do not compete in the NFC because they want to win every race, what a load of rubbish and an excuse not to compete against the best in the country because they don’t want their reputations tarnishing. Fanciers who compete at National level keep setting the bar higher and the best way is with the NFC where the full resources are available for fanciers from all over the country to compete against one another.
The other two big Nationals are making strides to open other marking stations so there may be even more competition against fanciers from all over the country. Still with the NFC and this time just a bit on the Saintes race where we entered 4 but only sent 2. I was pleased to get the chequer hen on the day even though the result shows here as next morning because she was clocked at 21.37pm and with the hours of darkness did show as the opening time next morning. Saintes is a good 520ml day race to here in Cheshire but with them being out at 6.50am, which I think is late for the longer flying members for this race, they were pushing the limits a bit. This has never happened to me before where you get a pigeon on the day and it is recorded as next morning but I did in this Saintes race. The worst part about it was I had only about 5mins earlier locked everything up so I than had to go in and switch the ETS system on. Then open the loft up and the persuade her to come down off the house so had I not just locked up she would have been classed as a day bird. Then this got me thinking about the hours of darkness and they are wrong because credit is taken away from pigeons that arrive home on the day of the race from such a distance. What would be better is if a pigeon arrives on the day out of hours it should be recorded on the result with the closing time and not next morning’s opening time. This would then give a true reflection on the pigeons that have done the job asked of them and in fact a truer result. I have never thought about this before with not getting one within this time period. Another change to give the correct details on the final race could be the number of birds competing. In several races in recent years I have entered a number but not sent that many. At Tarbes I entered 10 but sent 8 and at Saintes 4 with 2 going to the race and I have heard of others doing likewise in fact fanciers who have entered but not sent at all for whatever reason. When the actual entry forms go in the entries could be counted from there but they would go down so probably not what the committee would want even though they have been pre paid.
How come when I set my plans out they go wrong, why, well I was going to send them twice each week with Alan Dimelow. “Was” yes what a word because “WAS” did not happen due to most of those Tuesday’s and Thursday’s seeing adverse weather conditions so they stayed at home. It’s now the first full weekend in August and they have had three tosses all told so they are nowhere near the point where I wanted them to be. At this rate they will be lucky to see a race and I have twice as many as I need to carry over for next year. However that is now going to change because I am going to have to do something with them. So this next week I shall start to take them myself as well as two at 30mls with Alan. I have never hidden the fact that I am not a fan of young bird racing but there comes a time when you have to get into gear and do something with them and that time is this next week.
My mate. part 1
As the days got longer I started to notice a difference in the way we were being looked after with our daily food tasted much different. Why the change and then I remembered it was this time of the year when we were sent from our home on long journeys. I remember when we were feeling warmer before the last cold spell with short days we were locked up and sent on a long journey. Could this again be the time of the year we were approaching was this the reason for our improved feed was that journey coming around again. With this change of our food we were all feeling like flying even more and more and when we were let out of our home we were all flying in the sky free to do what we wanted. When we were out we could fly in circles or fly off in one direction and come back from another and most of the time we could see our master down below watching us enjoying ourselves. When we were flying around our home I could see that our entry back home was always closed so we could not get in until our master said so. We had been enjoying ourselves for quite some time when our master went closer to our home and opened the trap to let us in. As he shouted we knew that we were going to go into our home and our feed would be there ready for us. As we entered the loft everywhere was nice and clean and our food was in the bowl so we all tucked in and enjoyed it even though the taste was different. As I had my fill I went to have a drink of water and soon drew back. There was an unusual taste that we get from time to time in the water, I wish I could get outside and have a drink from up on the top. I stood there not wanting to drink but after eating so much I needed to have some water. As I put my head in the water and sucked it up I could feel it going right down my throat and inside my body. I then decided it was time to go and rest in my box where my hen was sitting keeping our eggs warm. As I went into the box she looked at me in a way that I knew it was my turn to look after our eggs and time for my mate to feed from the bowl. Everywhere had gone quiet as we all settled down to rest for the rest of the day, as always there were a couple who were chasing up and down our home but I ignored them and rested myself. Later in the day I heard a noise and as a looked out of my box I could see our master with cages in his hands. As he came into our home I knew that he was taking us away to fly back again on our own to me it was a waste of time but we had no choice. When we were all in the cages and taken outside there was a bang and we started to move on another journey away from our home. What about our eggs were they going to be all right or would they go cold I could not see my mate so she might have gone into our box to protect them. It seemed to be a long time before we could see the sky again. As we sat in our cages we knew that it would not be long before we were up there in the clear sky heading back to our home. I looked around and saw other’s heading home so why were we still not able to fly and do the same. Then all of a sudden we could see our way out of the cage and away we went. We were free at last to fly wherever we wanted to but all the time I was thinking about my mate who was at home keeping our eggs warm. I instinctively knew that there were not many days before our eggs hatched and our new babies were sitting in the bowl for us to look after. But as I flew around I could not see my way home the blue sky had started to disappear, where am I, which way do I go. Down below I could see things that I had see before so I flew in a line that I had flown before. I flew and flew until all of a sudden I could see my home and then I felt much better. I could not wait to get back into my box to see my mate; yes there she was sitting on our eggs keeping them warm. After the fly I was feeling a bit hungry so I went down to the bowl and straight away I could taste something new on my food and it was different so I had some more. As I finished I went to the water and at first I stood looking at it but there was also something different about the water so I stuck my beak in and sucked the water up. This was not like it was this morning it tasted good so I had a bit more than I should have. I was now feeling much better so went back to my box where I sat all night. As it went dark it got colder so I moved further back into my box and settled down next to my mate. I could see the light coming into our box so I went out and flew down to get a drink of water and just as I did I could see our master coming towards our home. As he opened the doors fully we all flew out into a cool morning blue sky. We don’t normally go out at this time in the morning so there is a change what is happening. More next week…..
In an age, when 1st prizes seem to mean more in the UK pigeon game, than any other form of prize or performance, I thought that I would send you the details of a pigeon worthy of the title “Champion”. Without a 1st prize to his name this season, the performances of this great pigeon can only be described as truly outstanding. Raced by my club mate John Hallam of Dukinfield and flying into the North East corner of Cheshire, when competing in British Barcelona club and the National Flying Club, these are his performances. “The Battler Cock”bred in 07 flew the following, Race 1 with the British Barcelona Club in the Vire race when 329 members sent 2714 birds the distance for this cock was 324mls 812yds where he finished 3rd section 65th open. Then in race two again with the BBC at Messac 263 members sent 1966 birds covering a distance of 390mls 1548yds to collect 14th section 71st open. The next race again with the BBC from Poitiers 250 members sent 1589 birds 488mls 1149yds he was 5th section 112th open. Then it was the big one from Tarbes with the NFC with over 2800 birds a distance of 714mls 1080yds to collect a great result of 2nd section L 92nd open National FC winning over £1300 in this Tarbes alone. What a great series of races this cock has had in 2010 against tough competition. The sire is a 98-bred Lefebre that was a good pigeon over the water winning prizes including 30th open MNFC Bergerac. The dam is a 2000 bred Lefebre cross Bert Hession Staf Van Reet lines who was also a good racer and dam of winners. This fabulous pigeon has flown 1,916 measured miles, obviously far more in reality, to achieve the performances above in the set of four races listed. In achieving what he has, he has literally flown hundreds of miles further than the vast majority of the pigeons against which he was competing. Not only did he make the result on every occasion but he also put in effort rarely seen in a pigeon on a repeat basis. When timed at Poitiers, a distance of 488 miles, he was timed at 22.04 on the night, arriving in the dark. At the Tarbes NFC/International race, a distance of 714 miles, when the race was one of the hardest for years into the North of England, he battled on until tea time on the day after liberation and lived up to his name, on a day when East wind and rain had set in to spoil the party for Northern fanciers. I shall watch with interest to see whether the RPRA award system for the U.K. recognises this great pigeon, as if there is one better this year, I will look forward to reading about it. For those interested in the breeding of such pigeons, these are the details that John gave to Chris Knowles who then sent them to add in these notes that are a fan of National racing. John has been a winning fancier for many years and is a regular at the National marking stations where he likes to test his pigeons against the best competition available. That is the yardstick he sets for his racing and breeding team over in Duckinfield.
John Hallam's racing loft
Sire of The Battler
The Battler and his 10yo hen
Strange how bits and pieces of information come about for these notes, take this section, by sheer chance an e-mail went astray and I find a fancier being Brendan Byrne who has come back to the sport and this is what he had to say. “It is fourteen years since I last had pigeons and am looking forward to getting back to flying, starting with the young birds this year. Last year I bought in a few stock birds on Elimar having put up a small stock loft but this year I put up another loft for the youngsters and I hope to extend this as my numbers increase. We moved from Dublin to County Wexford so that we could have space for the dogs (my wife shows and breeds Tibetan Terriers), and the bonus is that I now have plenty of room to get back to my hobby which is racing pigeons as I am also unemployed and have plenty of time on my hands. Things have certainly changed since I last raced with darkness, ETS systems and more.I now realise that I am racing a lot shorter than I was and need sprint pigeons as the longest inland race is only 170 miles. I don't think the photos you have would be suitable or indeed of any interest for your use, as I am just starting out again, but thank you for your kind comments” What I will say is that if you are in pigeon racing then there should always be an interest so welcome back to the sport and long may it last.
Stock loft of Brendan Byrne
Racing loft of Brendan Byrne
Year after year fanciers go out and bring in new stock because they are not winning for whatever reason. Obviously the first to get the blame for not winning are the pigeons because the fancier believes that they are not good enough. As we all know that is not always the case because fanciers are easy to blame the pigeons but on the other hand it is not always the fancier who is at fault. Why, well it is more often the case of fanciers not having the method that suits the pigeons. This is clearly a case of fancier and pigeon needing to be as one if you are going to win in the races. I know of many fanciers who have spent a lot of money on pigeons and got nowhere with them. They can be very good fanciers and birds but they do not work together. There is certainly no solution to this because matching the two is the key to success and we all know how hard that can be. There are of course a limited number of fanciers who will win no matter what line of pigeons they have in their loft because there are some very good managers of pigeons. The one drawback that some fanciers have is that they are good at a set distance and that is that. A set distance could be sprint, middle or long distance and they seldom do them all in fact fanciers who race at all distances successfully are few and far between. Most hard working fanciers will get birds to win up to around the 350ml mark it’s a case of time and exercise combined with the right training regime. After that it is not always so easy because you come into the realms of a different kind of racing pigeon and when you get over 600mls it is different again. This is what keeps us all going, finding those pigeons that win for us at the right distance and in the competition that we want to compete in. The easy way to win the sprint races is the corn tin and basket but these pigeons don’t last very long. We have flown through and had good results through to nearly 700mls with the NFC by feeding Vandenabeele mix with the addition of the Bifs range of products. I have always believed as long as the corn is sound with the addition of good products they will have the necessary intake to compete in any races. The only thing about corn is giving them sufficient because they soon burn out on an empty stomach. Winning is a combination and it is getting that combination right that makes good pigeons and therefore wins races.
I was sent an e-mail by Trevor Harris with a connection to Youtube called Skyline Pigeon by Elton John and it was quite good. I have never looked at this site before so it was a change for me so why not take a look it does put the general public in contact with pigeons. You too can see this on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOIO82LMsU
Dave Garnet charity
I had a call from friend Dave Garnet whose wife unfortunately passed away a while ago and to show his appreciation to Annes Hospice who did a great deal to comfort Linda towards the end he is organising a charity sale. The sale will be advertised in the BHW when the full list is finalised and then the birds will be for sale on www.elimarpigeons.com who will meet the general expenses of organising the sale and therefore will take no expenses whatsoever. Through the generosity of the sport 100% of money raised will go to the Hospice who provide help and care to many people with life threatening illnesses and to succeed they need to raise around £16,000 per day because only one third of money required comes via government funding. There are some real top class fanciers donating pigeons in one form or another and here are the first 10 of those fanciers. Mr & Mrs Geoff Kirkland who need no introduction to the sport with 11 x 1sts National and they were 1st 3rd & 4th in the recent Help the Heroes race with the BICC. Roger Sutton from Astbury is a well-known winning fancier and NFC committee member. Geoff & Catherine Cooper are known for supporting the sport as is Mike Staddon whose performances are recognised as excellent. A star in the pigeon world at the highest level is Peter Hagland who will include one out of his National winner. The North West’s Gerry Clements and very good friend of Dave is coming up with something special. Then we have the 2010 section winner from Tarbes and long-standing worker at the Crewe marking station Eddie Froggatt. The list stays with top fanciers when we add double National winner Gordon Rigg plus the Preston National winner Joe Van Dorning. We cannot have a sale of top pigeons without adding the famous partnership of Richard Green and Anna Crowley who are donating a pair of 2011 young birds. There are many more who are adding their name to this impressive list that we will include as they are confirmed.
Loft Managers report
Once again we are at the first young bird race in another Europa Classic Series, Before we get into that we should run through our targets for this year which are the same every year and indeed should be the standard that all one loft races aspire to. Although to my Knowledge the Europa Classic is the only race in Europe that gets any where near these figures on a regular basis. Which are as follows. We aim to get 90% of the youngsters we were sent at the start of this season (1278) home from the 20 mile training stage, this we did yet again this year! 1150 birds still in the loft at the 20 mile stage. We aim to get 90% of these into the first hot spot race! That equates to 1035 birds, This year we have again achieved this by sending 1048 to the first race! The rest of our targets are, To get 90% of these to the second Hot spot Race that would be 930 birds. To get 90% of these to the third Hot Spot Race that would be 840 birds. To get 90% of these to the fourth Hot Spot Race that would be 760 birds. To get 90% of these to the fifth Hot Spot Race that would be 690 birds. Then to get 90% of these to the Final Race that would be 620 or about half of the original entry. We Basketted up the 1048 birds for the first hotspot Thursday night, for their first night on the transporter, drinkers on and closed down for the night it was a 0400 start for the Transporter driver who arrived at Ludlow 60 miles at 0630 Friday, the weather was clear and dry with 20 miles plus visibility, but with total cloud cover and light variable winds, the forecast was for it to start raining by the end of the morning! so with this in mind the birds were liberated at 0645 it was no surprise that the birds took 5 minutes to clear the site with such a heavy sky, but after 5 minutes they were away, on the journey home, the transporter driver saw a pack of 150 pigeons flying south over Hereford when he was there and then just 6 miles from home saw 2 bunches of 70 pigeons in each racing up the M4 motorway! He then phoned the loft to ask if any birds were home yet, and was told no and informed the guys waiting at the loft that 140 of them were just along the motorway and predicted they would be home in five minutes at 0822! Sure enough at 0823 the waiting fanciers at the loft shouted here they are! as a batch of 70 were seen diving for the loft just as these were about to land they were joined by a second batch of 70, and they all went in together with over 100 birds recorded in less than a minute, these were followed by bunches of about 20 at a time with 400 birds recorded in just 10 minutes! Things then slowed up considerably with birds arriving in twos and threes for the rest of the day and indeed they took all day to come with 1017 birds recorded by nightfall. The actual race winner is the ever present Paul Bamford who of course has a great record in this and indeed other One Loft Races, one of a growing band of fanciers that do not race from their own loft but just specialize in the One Loft Scene, and his wonderful team of stock birds are quality selected for producing one loft winners! This latest hot spot winner is again bred for the job being a Grand Child of Edd sittners Bosua Ace pigeon of 2007 in the Europa Classic! Blood will tell as they say. Best of luck to you all for next weeks hotspot, which might be again from 60 miles as a lot of the birds made hard work of it this week, and another sixty miler might be advisable before we move on, so watch this space as they say. The Europa Team.
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Received three results for the Rudheath club with new distances having to be re-measured for the Niort race Malcolm Hewitt is 1st and 2nd with a blue pied yearling Bruggeman at 5-15pm then a 2yo from the same family at 5 17 pm and he also got another at 7pm. The two Malcolm clocked finish 6th & 8th Mid Cheshire fed. Ian Cooper got a yearling Busschaert blue cock to snatch the third prize. Now on to 1st young bird race where B & G Mainwaring were off to a flyer with the top two positions the first being a Staf Van Reet from Louella are bred early and the second one off Brian Newsome. Third is Frank Lockwood with a Busschaert cock. The second young bird race was again from Kempsey just less than 80 miles for most of the competitors with Malcolm Hewitt being 1st with a mealy Staf Van Reet cock vel 1507ypm. 2nd & 3rd is young Frank Lockwood he is only 88 and still going strong winning with two Busschaert’s on 1487/1480ypm. 4th are B & G Mainwaring who recorded a vel of 1447ypm with a breeder exchange bird off George Edwards in the midlands. Malcolm was saying that hopefully the weather will pick up so we can all get some better training with young birds. Cheltenham was the next race for the young birds over at Macclesfield when the birds were up in a light southwest wind when 7 sent 130 birds. Martin Hough on 1553ypm claims the red card with a grandson of Martins good money-spinner a winner of 33 prizes with the breeding being an Adrian Duggins Janssen coming to the perch. Club PO Kevin Bowers is 2nd & 3rdrecording vels of 1542/1535ypm. The first bird is a Koopman bred by Tommy Bradbury from Hazel Grove while the next in the clock was bred by K Pettitt of Blythe Bridge. Roger Bowers with a vel of 1525ypm is 4th with a Massarrella Brasspening bought in this time and was sent paired. The members thank Marie Ann hairdressers of Bollington for sponsoring the race. The Mid Cheshire fed result for Niort was like all other results from this race point held up on this day and they had an entry of 172 birds from 40 members. There are a lot of channel races at this time of the year and the birds do get a bit thinner on the ground but there are still some good fanciers competing for the top honour that goes forward to the Combine. 1st 4th 18th & 19th went to David & Craig Wilkinson racing with the Middlewich FC while Sandbach winner Eric Taylor is 2nd ahead of Crewe Premier top man Steve Parkinson. Tommy Hulme & Son are 5th & 20th with Rudheath leader Malcolm Hewitt 6th & 8th fed. There were five different club winners in the first seven positions with Arthur Stanway of Weaverham being one of them in 7th spot. N Cope & Son are 9th while Sid Latham is 10th, Mark & Heather Smith 11th 14th & 16th, Joe Glover 12th, Derek Lawton 13th, John Allbutt 15th, with Moulton winners Mr & Mrs Chris Herbert 17th. Two clubs missed out on the fed result and they were John Lawson who topped the list with the Royal Wires and Mr & Mrs Mike O’Grady the winners over at Winsford. The Moulton FC were at Kempsey when 9 sent 108 birds that saw club secretary Mr & Mrs Chris Herbert collected another red card in what has been a good season for them and on this occasion it was a blue cock that was first through the doors on 1433ypm. 2nd goes to Peter Atherton on 1418ypm with a blue pied hen while the next two positions went to R Barnett on 1417/1411ypm with a chequer cock and blue hen. The first share of pools went to Alan Dimelow in 5th position while Peter Atherton collected the other share with his second pigeon. The Middlewich FC were at Kempsey when young bird specialist Billy Whisker took the red card with a Starview pencil cock on 1533ypm. Regular prize winner and Secretary Alan Groom is next on the list with a Van Den Bosch clue cock clocking up 1510ypm with the next two positions going to W Lyons & Daughters on 1465/1463ypm with two Van Den Bosch blue hens. Ted Carson topped the list in the Middlewich 5B on 1351ypm with one from his old established breed ahead of Billy Whisker in 2nd position on 1350ypm with a chequer hen. 3rd & 4th go to the ever-present Alan Groom with a blue cock that was 2nd the previous week and a blue w/f cock recording vels of 1334/1331ypm both being from his very good Van Den Bosch family. The Wettenhall 10-bird club were at Niort when Ronnie Fisher collected the red card on 1322ypm with a blue cock sent sitting eggs while 2nd position went to G A Jones on 1293ypm. Mr & Mrs Albert Austin are 3rd with a 3yo blue w/f cock on 1077ypm and is another from their very good Wildermeersch family that have won many prizes including this cock who has several to his credit. The Andre Clemens lines of Jones Bros can win in the short as well as longer races and in this race they are 4th after seeing home a chequer cock on 1072ypm. This is a good cock having previously won three weeks prior to this race in the Winsford club and also won the Taylors Choice as a yearling and is a winner of 4 x 1sts. The club then went to Cheltenham when the birds were up in a west-northwest wind. Jones Bros continue in their winning ways after clocking a chequer w/f hen on 1386ypm from their now famous Andre Clemens lines with the dam being a fed winner. 2nd goes to Ronnie Fisher who saw home a blue cock flying to the perch after clocking up 1380ypm. The next two positions go to Mr & Mrs Albert Austin on 1345/1298ypm. First in the clock is a blue cock sent sitting eggs and is out of their Messac winner from this year before they clocked a chequer Wildermeersch hen racing to the loft. The Blackpool Col HS first race was from Whitchurch about 64mls to most lofts. Saturday opened up with rain for most of the morning so race controller Tony De Valle held the birds until the weather improved this gave the Welsh birds chance to clear out of the way. The strings were eventually cut at 14.05pm in a south wind but turning to West on the home stretch. The birds literally tippled in with George Burnside trapping two blue cocks through his ETS traps pretty quick and this is George’s first time on ETS so what a start to collect 1st & 2nd club 1st & 2nd fed 1200 birds. The first through the trap is a Linderlauf bred by George with the parents coming from Stuart Knowles stock. The second bird was a Gaby Vandenabeele Stuart Knowles cross M & D Evans stock. 3rd & 4th club 5th & 6th fed went to Mick (spends too much time in Cheshire)Barlow with two blue cocks being a Rondhog from Phil Holloway and a De Klak cross Staf Van Reet both being Carl Turner stock that Mick bought at Carl’s entire clearance sale. The blue De Klak never got a bid in the sale so Mick offered and got it for £40 after the sale and I thought you were best mates, you are tight Carl. This one has now bred four different prize winners for Mick. 5th goes to Kenny Cardwell with a Staf Van Reet from his own winning lines. The club then went to another Whitchurch race when Tony De Valle gave the all clear to go at 9.15am in a west wind. This has to be the best race the fed have had forget the Niort race these young birds covered the 64mls in 67mins and they were diving in from every angle. Ron & Shirley Mott assisted by the Quiet Man Adrian Laughton trapped three out of their 15 sent to be 1st 2nd & 3rd club 300 birds. The first two in the clock were both Janssen’s with the stock coming from former club member Ron Stoddard who gave the birds up about three years ago. The third bird is a Lambrecht that the partnership have just bought in last year, this was a good performance from the team. Club PO Mick Barlow had 10 drop together for 4th 5th 6th club and they were a mix of Gaby Vandenabeele’s, Karel Boekx fro Phil Hollaway with the De Klaks and Staf Van Reet’s coming from his good friend Carl Turner. Mick was saying that it sure was a trapping match but brilliant returns so well done Tony on a great race. Kenny Cardwell and last weeks fed winner George Burnside were close behind. The Sandbach FC were also at Kempsey when the top four positions go to the Goostry Wizard Eric Taylor. The vels for these winners are 1593/1589/1583/1579ypm. The first two are blue hens followed by a blue cock and a blue pied hen and they are all from Eric’s long time winning family of Verhey/McDonalds. This is one of those cases when a fancier comes across a couple of families that have blended together well and hit the top spot on a regular basis. The South West Cheshire fed result from Niort was delayed due to the change in race points however the 141 birds from 28 members were up at 6.30 in a southwest wind. Rob Bennett had a good race with the top three positions from his entries in the Crewe West End. Ronnie Fisher topped the list in the Wettenhall club and came in at 4th fed followed by Mick & Wendy Mellor. Greenbank winner John Peever is 6th ahead of G A Jones 7th and Mr & Mrs Chris Platt are 8th. Mr & Mrs Geoff Mathews are 9th followed by Middlewich 5B winners Mark & Heather Smith. The next race for the fed was the first young bird race from Cheltenham when 43 sent 682 birds that were liberated at 10.30am in a west, north, west wind. Crewe West End led the way in the fed when Colin Lindop came home with 1st 3rd & 5th being split by Middlewich 5B winner Alan Groom 2nd & 6th with Mick & Wendy Mellor 4th. Mr & Mrs Keith Lovatt came at 7th & 8th with Hankelow winner Roy Jolley 9th and C Rowledge 10th racing with the Greenbank club. The fed also had an old hens race with the first six positions going to Mick & Wendy Mellor 1st & 2nd, Martin Williams 3rd, Mr & Mrs Albert Austin 4th leaving 5th & 6th to A Jones & Son. In the Lostock FC race from Cheltenham 6 sent 61 when Jason Lambert clocked a blue pied hen and a mealy hen for 1st & 4th positions recording vels of 1324/1305ypm. 2nd & 3rd went to the ever-present Keith Herbert who saw home a blue pied hen and blue cock on 1321/1311ypm. The club then went to a second Cheltenham race when 8 sent 168 birds that saw the red card stay at the same loft. Jason Lambert took the top two positions clocking up 1439/1438ypm with the winner being a mealy pied hen followed by a blue hen. 3rd went to B & G Mainwaring who clocked a blue cock on 1437ypm followed by a blue pied cock recording a vel of 1433ypm racing to the lofts of Keith Herbert. The Minshull mid week club were at Penkridge for a short race that saw 4 send 73 birds. The leader board shows the top two positions went the way of Kenny Burke on 1368/1359ypm with a blue pied and chequer both cocks. Keith Herbert took the next two positions after seeing home a chequer and blue pied again both cocks recording vels of 1353/1343ypm. Don Risley had a good day with the Royal Wires taking the top three positions. The winner is a dark chequer cock from his Peter Van Den Merwe stock, the vels for Don are 1560/1555/1551ypm and they were all cocks. John Lawson come sin 4th after seeing home a blue chequer pied hen bred from his good pairing of the Syndicate Lofts stock cock and Staf Van Reet hen breeders of several winners. The Cheshire Combine Niort result saw 99 members send 500 birds to this near 500ml race when the birds were up at 6.30am in a light southwest wind. 18 clubs competed in the combine that were led home by the in form channel team of David & Craig Wilkinson with their Taveirne-Rigole x Vandersanden based family and they were also 9th. Rob Bennett had a good race taking 2nd 6th & 16th with D & B Jones also having a good race with two in the clock to finish 3rd & 14th. Eric Taylor is 4th with Robert Kent also having a good race taking 5th 7th 11th & 17th positions with Steve Parkinson is 8th. F & H Gregory are 10th & 27th, Tommy Hulme & Son 12th, R & M. Woodward 13th, Arthur Stanway 18th. Keith Herbert 19th, Ronnie Fisher 21st, Ken & Clive Riley 22nd, N Cope & Son 23rd, Sid Latham 24th, Mark & Heather Smith 25th, Mick & Wendy Mellor 26th, Mr & Mrs Colin Stanley 28th, John Peever 29th and G A Jones 30th. The Cheshire Combine have had a pretty good seaon as they have been well supported so well done to all the winners. The Three Counties Combine race from Messac saw 512 members send 3416 birds. Central Lancs Comb winners Mr & Mrs Jennings & Son got the better of everyone filling the top spot so a good performance for the partnership. Alan Partridge topped the Lancashire Comb to come in at number two, Alan is donating pigeon to the Dave Garnett charity sale so one not to miss.Peter Heywood is 3rd, Mr & Mrs D J Sumner 4th followed by Cheshire Combine winner Ian Cooper 5th . Next on the list are a run from the C.L.C members who are Hill & Gilligan 6th, Green & Hilson 7th, Paul Hart 8th & 9th with T Webster taking the next two positions. The other affiliated combine being the Two Counties saw their winner come in at 25th. I always like to look down the Three Counties results because there are some very good fanciers competing in these channel races. The first young bird race for the Mid Cheshire Fed was from Kempsey when 47 sent 792 birds and it appears that there are a lot of fanciers who now miss the early races with the fed. Many fanciers are not taking the chance of mixing their pigeons early doors because that appears to be the time when young bird sickness spreads. Now on to the result that saw an easy win for Sandbach member John Allbutt who secured the premier position by 48ypm. Mr & Mrs Geoff Mathews like their young bird races and had a good one with 2nd 3rd 4th & 8th with their entries in the Crewe Premier. Mick & Wendy Mellor are 5th ahead of Wayne & Roy Beverley who finish 6th 23rd & 24th. Eric Taylor also had a good race with 7th 10th 11th & 12th fed. Ray Lovell is 13th with in-form young bird racer Ted Carson 14th & 16th. John Clarke comes in at 15th, Billy Whisker 17th, David & Craig Wilkinson 18th, John Owen & Son 19th & 21st. Alan Groom 20th & 26th, Moulton winner Harry Vernon 22nd, Steve Parkinson 25th, Rudheath leaders B & G Mainwaring 27th & 28th, H R Charlesworth 29th ahead of W Lyons & Daughters 30th fed. Club winners not making the fed result are Acton Bridge winner Danny Wells. K Owen topped the list over at Earlstown while Paul Harrison did likewise in the Weaverham club and the same goes for Rob Bebbington of Winsford.
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