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Around The Up North Combine

 

By Good Corn

 

Race number three of the Up North Combine 2017 race programme took place from Oakham (1)   on Saturday 22nd April, with the wind blowing North-West the birds were in for a harder race than they had flown from the previous two races. The East Cleveland Federations ninety members entry of 2,191 birds were liberated at 10.05am, and with them having to fly the distance of 130 miles to the home end they will have know they have been away for it was going to be a testing day. As always I will start at the top and this week it was Skelton Green that won top honours. The loft of Bowden Bros, Mick & Boss and helper Trevor Mitchell of Guisborough lead the way after timing no fewer than three of their entries to win a brilliant 1st, 3rd and 5th Club from a fourteen members entry of 418 birds, 1st, 9th and 18th Fed. With pole position being won by a 4y recording a top vel of 1410.3, the green card was potted by a 2y achieving 1402.1 and the lads third timer was a yearling knocking out a vel of 1392 to round off a very pleasing days racing. Alan & David also had three of their entries on the clock to pocket 2nd, 4th and 6th Club, 2nd, 10th and 19th Fed with their blue card scoring 2y that was clocked the same time as the Fed winner but beaten on overfly achieving a vel of 1410.0. The duo's second timer was a 2y that was clocked at the same time as Bowden Bros green card scorer claimed a vel of 1401.8; while the boys third timer was another 2y on 1391 which was timed one second after Bowden Bros third timer.

Moving onto Skinningrove where B & K Simpson timed three Louis Cooremans to win 1st, 3rd and 4th Club from a twelve member’s entry of 405 birds. Leading the way was a 2y blue cock recording a top vel of 1409 to chalk up 3rd Fed; the Dam of the winner is Brian & Keith's number one stock hen that was a Bob Fenech gift bird. The green card was potted by a yearling blue pied hen on 1395 for 16th Fed; and third on the clock for Brian & Keith was another yearling blue pied hen knocking up a vel of 1390 to pocket 21st Fed. White Bros, Malc & Stuart are in 2nd spot with the blue card being awarded to a 2y blue cock bred by Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver making 1407 to notch up 4th Fed.

Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and silent partners Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky tops the Brotton H/S charts with a yearling achieving 1403 to net a useful 8th Fed. The loft of Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners enjoyed a cracking clocking day after timing no less than four yearlings in the space of 34 seconds to chalk up a very nice 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th Fed with vels of 1401.1, 1400.1, 1397 and 1396. Dave “Rooster” Storr timed one of his ten entries to pocket 3rd Club, with the green card scoring yearling knocking up a vel of 1400.6 to claim 12th Fed.

Tony Hunt of the late Jack “The Lad” Brown & Hunt partnership records his second win in three starts at Marske & New Marske after filling a couple of chambers to win a very nice 1st and 3rd Club. With pole position being won by a 2y red Janssen Van Loon widowhood cock achieving a chart-topping vel of 1394 which was enough to chalk up a useful 17th Fed. The sire of Tony's winner is his old “SED Cock” who is responsible to many, many winners and minor positions for Tony and other fanciers. The green card was awarded to a blue Dirk Sepers Janssen Van Gompel widowhood cock. The previous weeks winning loft of Jimmy Reed is in 2nd spot with a 2y blue roundabout cock of Brown & Hunt stock. Martin Hogarth timed a yearling chequer flipey roundabout hen of his own family to take 4th place, the yellow card scoring hen netted 2nd Club Rivenhall last season when beaten by a loft mate. Geoff Bavin came next with a 1y chequer flipey roundabout hen of John Whittaker bloodlines through Rutland Loft.

Loftus West Road Championship Club Secretary Keith Arkless of Keith & Matty Arkless, Loftus winning 1st Club, 5th Fed Oakham (1) and 1st Club, 5th Fed Huntingdon (1) with Treasurer Malc White (White Bros) Skinningrove the 1st Club, 3rd Fed Worksop winners.

Onto the Brotton Six Bird Club where top spot was won by the partnership of Kevin & Merv Brown & Sacker Cole, with the red card being won by a 2y chequer Busschaert x Huybrechts cock. Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore timed a couple of birds to chalk up 2nd and 3rd Club with the blue card going to a yearling chequer Busschaert hen bred by Kevin Walker of Darlington. Once again the young hen has proved herself for she won the NEHU Futurity breeder/buyer race and 21st Open Reed last season and she won 1st Club Brotton H/S, 1st Fed Worksop two weeks prior this race from a convoy of 2,368 birds. Bob & Barbara's green card potter was bred by Dave Drinkhall from his Syndicate Lofts stock, which is scoring for the second time this season after taking 2nd Club Worksop. W & S Ward are in 4th position with Bill and his Grandson Shaun's yellow card potter being a Van Reet hen.

The late George Skidmore & Grandsons Michael & Liam Jackson were the winners of 1st and 2nd Club at Lingdale, with Barry “Smiler” Kettlewell netting 3rd Club.

Next stop is the Teesside Federation where Mr & Mrs Stephen & Jeanann Wheatley timed a couple of birds to win 1st and 4th Club at Middlesbrough H/S, with the red card winning 2y chequer hen that topped the Club charts by five minutes going onto win a earth-shattering1st Fed from an entry of 1,026 birds and 1st Section 5 from a convoy of 7,152 birds. The overjoyed Stephen & Jeanann's yellow card potter was a 2015 bred chequer cock doing 1398.1 for 16th Fed. The late Les Wellburn & Sons Les & Derek are in 2nd spot with a 2y blue pied hen achieving a vel of 1399 to pocket 14th Fed. While Keith Hodge & Denis Potter clocked a yearling dark pied cock to lift 3rd Club, 15th Fed on 1398.6; and they were followed by the late Wynn Cole, Stephen Wheatley & Grandson Conner who timed a 1y blue pied cock on 1397.9 to claim 5th Club, 17th Fed.

Tommy Clark & Son Gary showed they are giving their all by timing three of their squad to win a brilliant 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd, 3rd and 12th Fed on 1436, 1422 and 1402.1 at Billingham T U. With Tommy & Gary's pole position winner being the same 2y chequer hen that won a most impressive 1st Club, 1st Fed Bubwith on the opening day of the season, this time the two time winner went onto chalk up 15th Section. The blue card was awarded to a yearling chequer cock and he was followed by a 1y blue hen to round off another very good performance. Ali McLeod timed six of his entries to score 3rd and 5th Club, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 11th, and 20th Fed, with the green card going to the 2y blue Koen Minderhoud cock who won 1st Club, 1st Fed, 5th Section 5 the previous week out of Worksop from a convoy of 7,068 birds. This week the cock who also has 2 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd Fed and other positions to his name is half brother to Ali's good racer and breeder “King James” achieved a vel of 1422. Second on the clock, seventeen seconds behind the green card potter was a yearling blue cock on 1419. Ali has big hopes for this young cock for his dam is from his 2nd UNC Silver Medal winner when paired to his 3rd UNC Bronze Medal winner. Ali's third timer is a 1y blue pied cock on 1417 who again is a Vandenabeele x Minderhoud coming down through the UNC winning lines once again. The cock was followed by a 2y blue cock on 1407; the cock who notched up 16th Fed Worksop is one of only six old birds kept from last season. This was due to the Rivenhall (1) disaster race; Ali believed most birds were finished after that race, the few that got home that is. Next came a 2016 bred blue hen on 1402, the hen who took 12th Fed out of Worksop and was one of Ali's £5 rings as a young bird is through the old Koen Minderhoud Vandenbeele's that have proved very successful for Ali for a great number of years now. Mac's final timer was a 1y blue hen on 1395; she follows up the previous weeks 19th Fed Worksop when beaten by six loft mates. Steve “Fed Nom” Wilson had a couple of his squad on the clock to lift 4th Club, 5th and 19th Fed, with the yellow card potter being a well-fancied 4y blue cock doing 1421 which was enough to win the Fed Nom. Steve's second timer was a yearling chequer cock doing 1396, the young cock netted 6th Club, 9th Fed out of Bubwith on the opening day of the new season. Brian Atkinson & Keith Perkins timed a yearling blue cock knocking out a vel of 1419.6 to pocket a useful 7th Fed to round off a very good day in the Fed for the Billingham boys.

Lewis & McCabe recorded their second consecutive win at Haverton Hill when a couple of birds were timed to win 1st and 3rd Club, with the red card being won by a 2y blue hen on 1408 to chalk up 9th Fed. The winning hen is scoring for the second race running for she netted 2nd Club, 3rd Fed, 8th Section Worksop when beaten by a loftmate that won 1st Club, 2nd Fed, and 7th Section. The green card was taken by a 1y dark cock making 1397.7 for 18th Fed. The partnership of Paul Gatley, Graham Harrod & Son Dale are in 2nd position with the lads blue card scorer being a 2y blue cock doing 1401 for 13th Fed.

Now for the Tees Valley Federation result where 58 member sent 1,669 birds. F Birch of Stockton West End timed a 2y chequer hen recording a vel of 1431 to win a most impressive 1st Club, 1st Fed and 20th Section 5; a second bird, a 1y blue cock was timed to lift 3rd Club, 14th Fed on 1408.9. C McIntosh chalked up 2nd Club, 9th Fed with a 2016 bred chequer hen making 1413; while Mr & Mrs Cuthbert netted 4th Club, 16th Fed with a 1y chequer hen on 1407.75.   Mr & Mrs Charlton leads the way at Thornaby with their chart-topper being a 2y chequer hen achieving a top vel of 1430 to score an impressive 2nd Fed. Nick Lyth timed a couple of his team to lift 2nd and 3rd Club with the blue card going to a 2y blue cock knocking out a vel of 1425.2 for a notable 5th Fed. While Nick's green card potter was a 3y blue pied cock doing 1408.3 to claim 15th Fed. Lynas & Son are in 4th spot with their yellow card claiming 1y blue cock doing 1403.7 for 20th Fed. Moving onto the Portrack where B Carberry clocked a 2y blue cock recording 1425.6 and a 2y blue pied hen achieving 1404 to win 1st and 6th Club, 3rd and 18th Fed. Mr & Mrs Gibson timed a couple of birds, a 2y chequer hen and a yearling chequer pied cock to lift 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th and 6th Fed on 1425.4 and 1424. While Rowbotham & Son takes 4th Club, 8th Fed with a 3y blue pied cock on 1415, and they were followed by Heightley, Pearce, Dtr & O'Donnell who timed a 2y blue hen doing 1408.9 for 13th Fed. Next stop is the Hardwick where we see the loft of Lister Bros Craig & Gary & Walker leading the way with a 2y chequer pied cock achieving a top vel of 1419 which was enough to score 7th Fed. Moore Bros timed a couple of their entries three seconds apart to net 2nd and 3rd Club with the blue card being awarded to a 2y blue cock on 1409.9 to lift 11th Fed, and the green card was netted to a 2y cock making 1409.3. John Best & Son are in 4th place with a 2016 bred blue pied cock doing 1407.7 for 17th Fed and Lancaster & Cunningham are next with a 1y blue cock who takes 18th Fed on 1405.  Alan & Lee Starkey wins pole position at Eaglescliffe with the lads red card winning 4y chequer pied hen recording a top vel of 1412 which was enough to score 10th Fed. Alan Armstrong & Son were 2nd Club with a 1y blue pied hen, while Steven Hill netted 3rd Club with a yearling chequer cock.

Anyone who has seen the Section 5 result could not help but notice the outstanding performance of P Price of the Shotton & Trimdon Federation birds, after timing no fewer than five of his entries he won an earth-shattering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Fed, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 10th Section. With the first three birds being timed within two seconds of each other to record vels of 1447.6, 1447.4 and 1447.3, while the other two timers achieved vels of 1438 and 1437 to round off a brilliant team performance that will be remembered for a very long time.

On Saturday 29th April the birds were at Huntingdon (1) when the East Cleveland Federations 81 members convoy of 2,067 birds were liberated at 8.35hrs flying into a light South wind. The light winds will have had to increase on-route for the birds recorded very high winning velocity's, with the birds dropping in from sky high at the home-end. Leading the way at Skinningrove from a ten member’s entry of 397 birds was the loft of Mike Prokopowicz & Son Lee, with pole position being won by a yearling blue hen achieving a top vel of 1824 which was more than enough to win a most impressive 1st Fed. The Sire of the out in front winning hen is a Son of “410” Mike & Lee's number one stock hen, she is full Sister to “Georgia” their 1st Up North Combine Young Bird Maidstone National Gold Medal winner. While the Dam was bred by Bowden Bros. The 2nd Club and 6th Fed position was actually a dead-heat for White Bros and B & K Simpson's first timers both recorded vels of 1807.808; with Malc & Stuart's timer being a 2y chequer cock that was bought at the Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer and bred by Booty & Berryman of Middlesbrough. While Brian & Keith's timer was a yearling blue pied Louis Cooreman hen, the duo also timed a yearling blue Louis Cooreman hen doing 1802 to lift 4th Club, 9th Fed; and then clocked a 2y Louis Cooreman hen on 1795 for 16th Fed. Sayers Bros, Kenny, Dave & Brian timed a yearling knocking out a vel of 1799.2 and a 2y achieving 1797.1 to notch up 11th and 15th Fed.

Mick Smithies wins pole position at Brotton H/S with a yearling recording a top vel of 1814 for an impressive 2nd Fed. Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners timed a couple of their yearling squad in the space of twelve seconds to lift 2nd and 3rd Club, 10th and 14th Fed on 1799.8 and 1797.5. Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore the previous winners of 1st Club, 1st Fed Worksop are in 4th place with their yellow card potter being a yearling doing 1793 for 19th Fed.

Dean “Deano” Ward leads the way at Staithes with Deano's winner being a 1y achieving 1812 to go onto pot a notable 3rd Fed. Andy Crooks timed no fewer than three of his entries to chalk up 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club with the blue card being awarded to a Irish rung yearling doing 1810 to chalk up a very nice 4th Fed. The green card was awarded to a Belgium rung 2y on 1795.2 to lift 17th Fed, while the yellow was claimed by a Belgium rung yearling.

Derek Winspear & Son Mark tops the Skelton Green charts from a thirteen member’s entry of 451 birds with the winning duo's red card winner being a yearling achieving a vel of 1794 to go onto chalk up 18th Fed. Mick & Boss Bowden of the Bowden Bros partnership and loft helper Trevor Mitchell follow up their previous weeks 1st Federation winning performance by timing a couple of birds to pocket 2nd and 4th Club; while Alan & David Wright nipped one in between the Bowden Boys timers to claim 3rd Club.

Jimmy Reed returned to the winners' enclosure in great style at Marske & New Marske, after the lad filled no less than four cells to win a top-notch 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club. With pole position being won by a yearling blue roundabout hen of Brown & Hunt bloodlines, the chart-topping cock is a double grand child of Tony's SED Cock. The green card was awarded to a 2y chequer pied Homer & Williams x Jimmy's own family roundabout cock while the yellow was netted by a 2y mealy roundabout cock, again from the Brown & Hunt bloodlines and he was followed by a 1y blue pencil roundabout  hen from Graham Jones of Guisborough fame to round off a very enjoyable days racing. The late Jack Brown & Tony Hunt stopped the dry rub after Tony timed a yearling blue Dirk Sepers/ Van Gompel/ De Klak to chalk up 2nd Club. With the blue card scoring widowhood cock being the previous potter of 2 x 2nd and 1 x 3rd Clubs as a young bird.

The Brotton Six Bird Club partnership of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver and silent partners Ian “Evo” Everington & Franky wins pole position with a yearling. While Ricky Cush comes into the charts in 2nd Spot, with Ricky's blue card potter also being a yearling. The Right Honourable Mr Vic Garbutt, the late Brian “Rusty” Stone & Brian “Mac” McCormick chalk up 3rd Club with a 2y and they were followed in 4th position by Danny Fawcett who claimed the yellow with a yearling.

Steve “Fed Nom” Wilson, Billingham, Adam Burniston, Redcar & Trevor Mitchell of Guisborough at the 2017 Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer.

Leather Bros, Albert & Tony hit the winners' enclosure at Lingdale after the duo timed a couple of their entries to win 1st and 3rd Club. While Barry “Smiler” Kettlewell  moves up a place on the previous weeks race to pot 2nd Club.

The Teesside Federations entry of 972 birds were up and away at 8.15hrs with top honours being won in the Billingham T U for the third time in four races. The loft of Colin Atkinson & Alby Woodward hit the winners' enclosure in fantastic style after timing no less than three of their 12 entries to win an outstanding 1st and 2nd Club, 1st, 6th and 20th Fed, 1st and 7th Section 5 from a convoy of 7,024 birds, which was an awesome achievement. Pole position was won by a yearling chequer cock bred by Clubmate Ali McLeod knocking out a top vel of 1757. The winner who is through the “Harry” bloodlines is the previous scorer of 2nd Club, 5th Fed Worksop (2) as a young bird. The blue card was awarded to a 1y blue cock making 1743 while Colin & Alby's third timer was a 2016 bred chequer cock doing 1731 to finish off a most enjoyable days racing. Tommy Clark & Son Gary timed three of their birds in the space of nine seconds to pocket 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, with the green card going to a 2y blue cock doing 1738 to go onto net 8th Fed, 11th Section. Second on the clock was the 2y chequer hen that won a top notch 1st Club, 1st Fed Bubwith and 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 15th Section the previous week from Oakham (1), this week with a vel of 1737.8 the inform hen went onto claim 9th Fed, 12th Section. While Tommy & Gary's third timer was a 3y blue hen making 1736.76 to take 11th Fed, 14th Section. Ali McLeod timed three yearlings inside three seconds to lift 12th, 13th and 14th Fed, 15th, 16th and 17th Fed on 1736.75, 1736.4 and 1736.2; with the first timer being a blue cock that was 5th Club, 6th Fed out of Oakham (1). And he was followed by a blue hen that netted 19th Fed Worksop and third on the clock was a blue cock who potted 8th Fed Oakham (1). Butto Bell of the Bell & Wardall partnership did his home work (more than he did when at school) to scoop up the money by out witting the rest by picking his fancy bird to win the Fed Nom on 1686.

The Middlesbrough H/S partnership of the late Les Wellburn & Sons Les & Derek enjoyed a brilliant race after timing no less than four birds to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 16th Fed, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 19th Section with vels of 1754, 1749, 1745 and 1733.8. With Les & Derek's chart-topper being a yearling blue hen while the blue was potted by a 1y chequer cock. Eighteen seconds behind the blue card scorer in the green card position came a 2016 bred blue pied hen, and she was followed by a yearling chequer cock to round off a very impressive team performance. The late Wyn Cole, Stephen Wheatley & Grandson Connor are in 4th spot with a 1y blue hen knocking out a vel of 1740 to go onto pocket 7th Fed, 8th Section. Mr & Mrs Stephen & Jeanann Wheatley timed a 2y chequer pied hen, a 2y chequer cock and a yearling blue hen in the space of 11 seconds to notch up 15th, 17th and 19th Fed, 18th and 20th Section  on 1734, 1733 and 1732.

Lewis & McCabe recorded their third consecutive win at Haverton Hill with the inform duo's red card winner being a yearling blue hen achieving a top vel of 1750 which was enough to score an impressive 3rd Fed, 3rd Section. Paul Gatley, Graham Harrod & Son Dale clocked a yearling doing 1737.6 to chalk up 2nd Club, 10th Fed, 13th Section; while the loft of Stewart & Barron netted 3rd Club, 18th Fed with a 2y blue pied cock on 1733.

With the Teesside Federation member taking 18 of the 20 Section 5 positions that left C Barron winning a most impressive 1st Tees Valley Federation and 5th Section 5 with a vel of 1745.9. The final Section position was chalked up by Long, Brown & Son of Thornley who won a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Shotton & Trimdon Federation and 10th Section 5 on 1738.6. With time moving on, I will sign off for another week.

 

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