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AROUND THE UP NORTH COMBINE

By Good Corn

 

The Up North Combines first race of the 2017 racing season took place from old bird Bubwith on Saturday 8th April, but it was not as straight forward as we would have liked it to be. With low flying fog at the race point it was a case of sit back and wait for a clearing. Come 10.50am the first of the new three group liberations were up and away flying into a light South-West wind which was going to help the birds do good times. Group 2 which included the Teesside Federation, strings were cut at 11.10am; the flaps of Group 3 that includes the East Cleveland Federation were down at 11.30am.

Starting with the East Cleveland Federation where we see the Skinningrove partnership of Sayers Bros, Kenny, Dave & Brian got off to a fantastic start to win a top-notch 1st Club and 1st Fed with a chart-topping vel of 1681 from a 88 members convoy of 2,249 birds. Tich Richards & Alice Marsay had a couple of birds on the clock to chalk up a notable 2nd and 4th Club, 4th and 18th Fed on 1674 and 1652. While Club Secretary Mike Prokopowicz & son Lee netted 3rd Club, 14th Fed on 1655.

Jim & Julie Kelly of Loftus at the 2017 Loftus Championship Club breeder/buyer, scorers of 3rd Club, 32nd East Cleveland Fed Worksop.

Next stop is Skelton Green where we see a very happy Des Williams and his right hand man Roger Wall win pole position from a 14 members entry of 497 birds. Leading the way for Des & Roger was a yearling blue hen purchased at the Loftus Championship Club breeder/buyer recording a beer flowing vel of 1677 which was enough to score a very impressive 2nd Fed. Alan & David Wright enjoyed a good clocking day after timing no fewer than three of their entries to lift a very nice 2nd, 4th and 6th Club, 3rd, 10th and 19th Fed with vels of 1676, 1656 and 1652. With the blue and yellow card lifters both being 2y John Weldon x home bred Busschaert hens, while Alan & David's third timer was a 1y chequer Busschaert hen. The partnership of Roche, Terry “Benno” & Daniel Bennison & Crame released the pressure of knowing they will not be taking part in the “Must Try Harder” walk of shame on the Clubs prize presentation evening are getting on the score sheet to pocket a creditable 3rd Club, 5th Fed with a yearling achieving a vel of 1673. The loft of Bill Chapman, Sons Steve & Colin and the late Tommy Swinburne clocked a yearling hen bred by Chris Vasey to claim 5th Club, 12th Fed on 1656. Brian Hodgson & Son were the winners of the £10 Lucky Number. Thanks to Jackie Wynn for the info.

News from Jackie Wynn, the new Secretary of the Brotton 6 Bird Club, where we see first blood going to the partnership of Frank & Brenda Reilly & Son Wayne. With pole position being won by a  2y chequer Heremans Cuester cock recording a chart-topping vel of 1644 to go onto chalk up 31st Fed from a convoy of 2,249 birds. The red card winning cock is no stranger in the clock for this weeks winning performance registers his fourth win. The loft of Kevin & Merv Brown & Bill “Sacker” Cole are in 2nd spot, with Kevin, his father Merv and Sacker's blue card potter being a blue Heremans Cuester cock bred by Homer & Williams of Grangetown, who more than left their mark before leaving the sport at the end of the 2016 racing season. Bill Ward and grandson Shaun of the W & S Ward partnership are in 3rd position, with Bill & Shaun who were the Clubs top loft in 2016, green card potter being a Van Reet Hen. My old mate, the right Honourable Vic Garbutt, the late Brian “Rusty” Stone & Brian “Mac” McCormick pocket the yellow with a blue white flight cock.

Marske & New Marske Secretary Martin Hogarth sends the following result, where the partnership of the late Jack “The Lad” Brown & Tony Hunt hit the winners' enclosure. With Tony's chart-topper being a yearling blue De Klak widowhood cock who scored 2nd Club young bird Bubwith in 2016 when beaten by a loftmate. Jimmy Reid has a couple in the frame to lift 2nd and 4th Club with the blue card being awarded to a yearling blue Busschaert/Brown & Hunt bloodlines flown on the roundabout system. The yellow was netted by a 1y blue roundabout hen from Graham Jones of Guisborough fame. The new formed partnership of Paul Longstaff & Geoff Moore are in 3rd spot with a 2014 bred dark Busschaert widowhood cock of Paul's own strain. Paul's new partner Geoff who is now living in Marske, was a well known and successful flyer in Guisborough for a number of years when flying in partnership with his son Anthony who still flies a very good Pigeon in Guisborough. Craig Wedgewood clocked a 3y chequer widowhood cock from Bramley Lofts to lift 5th place and wins the Club Nom.

Moving onto the Teesside Federation who sent a convoy of 946 birds, the shortest flying Club flies 52 miles out of Bubwith while the longest flying Club fly a distance of 56 miles. Starting at Billingham T U which provided a ding-dong battle between the two lofts that were the top two in the Fed in 2016. Tommy Clarke & Son Gary who were runners up Combined Fed average last season, got off to a winning start in both Club and Federation just like they did last year. Tommy & Gary timed no fewer than five of their team to win an outstanding 1st, 3rd and 5th Club, 1st, 4th, 8th, 10th and 11th Fed with vels of 1661, 1640, 1627, 1623 and 1620. With pole position being won by a 2y chequer hen while the green card was awarded to a 2015 bred chequer pied hen, and she was followed by 3y blue pied hen and a yearling blue hen and a yearling chequer cock that were timed within three seconds of each other. Ali McLeod who was the Feds top loft in 2016 and is on a mission to become the Feds top prize winner for the third consecutive season clocked five of his team to score 2nd and 4th Club, 2nd, 5th, 14th, 15th and 19th Fed. With the blue card being awarded to a yearling blue Vandenabeele cock achieving a vel of 1658, the young cock is through Ali's 2015 1st Up North Combine Burbure Gold Medal winning “Gaby Lou” lines. With the blue card potters sire been half brother to the sire of the Combine winner, the cock actually came with the winner but was beat on the trap. The yellow card was potted by a 1y blue Vandenabeele cock making 1639, The cock is from Mac's good bluer pied cock “82” the previous winner of the Teesside Federation Bird Of The Year. While Ali's third timer was a 2y blue cock knocking out a vel of 1611, and two seconds behind the cock was a well-fancied 3y chequer cock doing 1610 to win 1st Fed Nom. Fifth on the clock was a 2016 bred blue pied cock on 1592.7. The loft of Steve Wilson was in 5th place with a yearling chequer hen who knocked up a vel of 1642 which was enough to net 9th Fed. Shaun Smith timed a 2016 bred chequer pied hen making 1612 to lift a notable and useful 12th Fed.

The Haverton Hill loft of Barron Bros, Tommy & Robbie, in their first full season back in the sport after enjoying a good 2016 young bird campaign got off to a flying start after timing a couple of birds to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club. With top spot being won by a chequer pied hen recording a red card winning vel of 1651 to score an impressive 3rd Fed. The blue card was awarded to a blue cock who knocked up a vel of 1634.2 to go onto claim 6th Fed and round off a very good start to the season. Smith & Son are in 3rd spot with their green card scorer being a yearling chequer cock achieving a vel of 1592.5 to pot a welcomed 20th Fed.

Next stop is the Beechwood & Easterside where the partnership of Lythe & Warwick wins top position, with a 2016 bred chequer hen doing 1634.1 which was enough to chalk up a notable 7th Fed. The loft of Talbot, Son & Wardle get in on the act in 2nd place with a 1y blue pied cock that pocketed a useful 13th Fed on 1611. Arthur Cox & Son timed a 2015 bred chequer cock and a 2015 bred chequer pied cock in the space of seven seconds to take a nice 3rd and 4th Club, 16th and 17th Fed on 1605 and 1602. Club and Federation Secretary Stephen Wheatley took ill and was rushed to Hospital after the race, with his illness resulting in him spending a few days in Hospital. Stephen has been a very luck man and needs to follow the Doctor's orders by taking things easy. I wish Stephen a full recovery.

Mr & Mrs Stephen & Jeanann Wheatley leads the way at Middlesbrough H/S, with the duo's red card winner being a 2y blue cock achieving a top vel of 1595 to chalk up 18th Fed.

The second race of the 2017 racing season took place from Worksop instead of the planned Newark race on Saturday 15th April when the 66 East Cleveland Federations entry of 2,368 birds were liberated at 8.40am in a West-North-West wind. Pride and place went to Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore of the Brotton H/S, for Bob & Barbara timed a yearling chequer hen to win an outstanding 1st Club, 1st Federation with a pole position vel of 1524. Bob & Barbara's winner has proved to be a fantastic buy, for the chart-topping hen was bred by R Walker & Son of Darlington for the NEHU Futurity Breeder/Buyer where the hen chalked up 21st Open and won 1st Breeder/Buyer and from the Reed race. Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners the Clubs 2016 top prizewinners timed three birds to lift 2nd and 4th Club, 2nd, 8th and 15th Fed on 1523, 1513 and 1509. While Mick Smithies had a couple of his entries on the clock to lift 3rd Club, 6th and 20th Fed on 1521 and 1504. Mr & Mrs Golly & Linda Peirson, Tubby Purver, Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky timed two birds in the space of three seconds to pocket 5th and 6th Club, 11th and 13th Fed with vels of 1511 and 1510 to round off a very impressive performance from the Brotton H/S members.

White Bros Malc & Stuart comes out on top at Skinningrove with a yearling purchased at the Loftus Championship Club breeder/buyer recording a vel of 1521 which was enough to score an impressive 3rd Fed. Brian “Brunks” Laity is in 2nd spot with a 2y making 1508 for 19th Fed. Ian Stafford & Sparky Wilson timed a couple of birds to notch up 3rd and 4th Club.

The Skelton Green partnership of Alan & David Wright hits winning form after timing no less than four birds to win a cracking 1st, 3rd and 4th Club from a thirteen members entry of 457 birds, with the four timers going onto score 4th, 9th, 12th and 18th Fed with vels of 1517, 1512, 1511 and 1508. With the duo's chart-topper being a no stranger in the clock 4y chequer Busschaert hen recording her fourth win. Second on the clock was a yearling chequer Busschaert hen and five seconds later came a 1y Herman x Busschaert hen who was nine seconds in front of Alan & David's fourth timer. Bill Chapman, Sons Colin & Steve & Swinburne timed a couple of their squad to lift 2nd and 5th Club with the blue card going to a 3y Van Loon x Wildemeersch widowhood hen achieving 1513 to pocket a notable 7th Fed. The lads second timer was a 2y blue hen on 1510 which was enough to win the £10.00 Lucky Number and 14th Fed. Winspear & Son clocked a 4y Roland Janssen hen doing 1509 to notch up 6th Club, 17th Fed and round off a top-notch performance from the Skelton Green boys.

The loft of Mr & Mrs Golly & Linda Peirson, Tubby Purver, Evo & Franky zoomed into the winners' enclosure at the Brotton Six Bird Club. With top spot being won by a dark Lambrecht hen who is the previous potter of 5th Club. Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore are in 2nd position with a bird bred by Bob's one time partner Dave Drinkhall of Guisborough out of his Syndicate Lofts stock. Frank & Brenda Reilly & Son Wayne are in 3rd after timing the 2y chequer Heremans Cuester cock that won 1st Club the previous week. Kevin & Merv Brown & Sacker Cole clocked a blue Heremans Cuester cock bred by Homer & Williams to take 4th Club, the cock is scoring for the third time as he is the previous potter of a 2nd and 4th Club.

Jimmy Reed hits the winners' enclosure at Marske & New Marske after filling a couple of thimbles to win a very nice 1st and 3rd Club. With the red card being won by a yearling red roundabout hen of Brown & Hunt bloodlines, while the green card was awarded to a 2016 bred mealy roundabout cock, again of Brown & Hunt bloodlines. The cock won as a young bird when he topped the Club charts out of Worksop. Martin Hogarth became the second member to fill two chambers to chalk up 2nd and 4th Club with the blue card potter being a 2y chequer roundabout hen of Martin's own lines. The hen is the previous winner of 1st Club, 1st Fed Oakham in 2016. Second on the clock was a 1y hen of Martin's own lines, she netted 2nd Club Rivenhall last season when beaten by a loftmate. The previous weeks winning loft of Brown & Hunt are in 5th place, with Tony's timer being a yearling blue Tourier/Bouchet widowhood cock.

The Billingham Boys, Steve Wilson 6th Club, 9th Fed Bubwith with Keith Perkins (Atkinson & Perkins) 4th Club, 9th Fed, 18th Section Worksop. Ali McLeod 1st, 2nd , 3rd Club, 1st 6th, 7th etc Fed, 5th, 12th and 13th Section Worksop and Brian Atkinson.

Moving onto the Teesside Federation where the entry of 996 birds were up and away at 8.20hrs.  Ali McLeod of Billingham T U leads the way in both Club and the Fed after timing no less than eight of this squad to win a very impressive 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 6th, 7th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th Fed. With pole position being won by a no stranger in the clock 3y blue cock bred out of Mac's old Koen Minderhoud lines recording a chart-topping vel of 1519 which was enough to score a well-earned 5th Section 5 from a convoy of 7,068 birds. The cock who is half brother to Ali's good racer and stock cock “King James” is the previous scorer of 2 x 2nd Feds, 1 x 3rd Fed and many more turns to his credit. The blue card was awarded to a yearling blue Vandenabeele cock achieving a vel of 1504 to go onto chalk up a nice 12th Section, again the young cock is through Ali's 1st Up North Combine winning lines with his sire being full brother to the sire of Ali's 1st UNC Gold Medal winner. Nine seconds behind the blue card potter in the green card position was a 1y blue pied Minderhoud x Vandenabeele hen making 1502 for 13th Section, with the hen being from Ali's very best. The sire to this hen is Mac's number one stock cock who is the sire to multiple Combine positions including 3rd UNC, and is grand sire to Ali's 1st UNC winner “Gaby Lou” while the dam is the mother to Ali's good racing cock “82” who is now retired to more than earn his place in the stock loft. His brother “29” who Ali forgot to mention won the Fed Nom and £5 the previous week from Bubwith. Ali's next four timers were all 2016 bred blue hens knocking out vels of 1493, 1486, 1482 and 1480 to round off a top-notch performance. The partnership of Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins timed a 1y blue hen making 1484 to chalk up a nice 4th Club, 9th Fed and 18th Section. While Tommy Clark & Son Gary cocked 1 yearling mealy pied cock and a 2y blue cock two seconds apart to claim 10th and 11th Fed, 19th and 20th Section on 1494 and 1493. While Colin Atkinson & Alby Woodward took 13th Fed with a 1y mealy cock on 1492. Jeff Huggert & Keith Gregory timed a well-fancied yearling blue hen doing 1468 to win the Fed Nom.

John Thompson with Tommy Barron of Barron Bros, Haverton Hill the winners of 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 6th Teesside Fed Bubwith

 

Lewis & McCabe hit winning form at Haverton Hill after timing a 2y blue hen and a yearling blue hen in the space of three seconds to win a most impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 3rd Fed, 7th and 8th Section with vels of 1511.9 and 1511.2. Gatley, Harrod & Son are in 3rd spot with a 1y chequer cock doing 1509 to chalk up a notable 4th Fed, 9th Section. Barron Bros, Tommy & Robbie clocked a chequer hen doing 1507 to take a nice 4th Club, 5th Fed, 10th Section. Appleton & Longstaff  clocked three yearlings to pocket 8th, 14th and 17th Fed on 1499, 1490 and 1487, with their first timer going onto pot 16th Section. While Smith & Son notch up 15th Fed with a yearling blue cock on 1489.

That's the first two old bird races covered, it has taken me a lot longer due to the fact I'm using my new pc which meant I had to go through all the spell checks. With that I will sign off for another week.

 

Any news to Good Corn

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