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by Pete Wightman


For the final race of the 2017 season, members entered 527 birds for the young bird special race out of Kingsdown. The birds were liberated at 12-15 in a SSE wind, and the leading birds exceeded most people’s expectations, breaking the mile a minute mark. I thought they’d need some West in the wind to reach the speed achieved out of the East Devon race point, but the birds were really high in the sky, obviously a great helping wind up in the gods?

Even though it looked an easy race on paper, there were plenty of empty perches, whether the dreaded peregrines got amongst them, we can only guess, although I have heard some birds did arrive home with signs of falcon attack?  A magnificent performance by Mr & Mrs John Dowd of the Bulls Head club, I wouldn’t of made them favourites as they lie on the East side of the fed at Heanor, but they had a kit of seven arrive together, going over the ETS pads in 8 seconds to record 1824; 1823.3; 1823.0(2); 1822.8(2); 1822.6; to be just over 3 minutes clear of the chasing pack. Well done John and Pamela.


 Jim & Matt Parker of Winshill were 8th fed on 1791.79 with a blue hen out of a grandson of “Grey Gem” from Derek Flowers, paired to an inbred hen out of Wall, Lunt and Greens’ “Merlin Pair”.  Hot on their heels were Roger & Mark Duffield of the Bulls Head club, they were 9th fed on 1791.74 with a well fancied blue cock, pooled to win £197-50. Roger and Mark won another £97-50 with their third arrival in 18th spot, total pools won £295.  Alan Brassington of Stretton was 10th fed on 1791.0 with a cheq cock out of his Peter Fox lines; Alan also won £267-50 with his third arrival on 1747, a consistent De Meyer x Zwoblue Cockls .  Other pool winners were; Rob Horton with £107-50 and Mr & Mrs Jim Whitehouse & Sons with £57. Total pools paid out £727.



A bit of club news, which has dwindled as the end of season drew to a close?

At Etwall, 5 sent 56 and Alan Peach took the first three on 1735; 1689; 1635; the winner a Roland Jansenne, followed by a John Stretton Jansenne and one bred by Alan Brassington which Alan purchased at the Hill Ridware breeder buyer.  Dave Williams & Son were 4th on 1634.


At Winshill 2 sent 36 and Jim & Matt Parker took the first four on 1791; 1790; 1788; 1731; the winner a blue hen out of a grandson of “Grey Gem” from Derek Flowers, paired to an inbred hen out of Wall, Lunt and Greens “Merlin Pair”, followed by CWL Drapa x Heremans hen out of “Thor and Shelby”, then another Drapa x Heremans hen a granddaughter of Curtis, Wall and Lunt’s “Socrates and Camilla” and “Thor and Shelby”. Fourth over the pads was a cheq wf cock, a grandson of Wall, Lunt and Green’s top racer “Moonraker”.

At Stretton, 6 sent 71 and Jim and Matt Parker took 1st; 3rd; and 4th on 1791.7; 1790; 1788, with the same three leading birds at Winshill. Alan Brassington split em up to take runner up on 1791.0 with a chew cock out of the syndicate loft stock from Peter Fox.

At Birch Coppice, 4 sent 57 and Rob Horton took the top four on 1759; 1758.8; 1758.2; 1737; with his Van Den Bulk and Lambrecht families.

At Osmaston Park, 6 sent 61 and Stan & H W Hall took 1st & 2nd on 1772.6; 1772.2. Mick Stone was 3rd on 1734 and John & Steve Hicks 4th on 1732.

At The Nelson, Davis, Wright & Sons were 1st; 2nd; and 4th on 1775 with a blue Van Reet hen, her sire was “Dikke Mint” a home bred Bert Hession cock; he has bred birds to win 4 x 1st fed. The dam from Derek Wilson, she bred a hen to win 5 x 1st club and a 1st fed. Runner up on 1686 was another Van Reet; the sire from the Munns x Hession stock, the dam is on loan from Dave Harrison out of Tom Whitehead stock. 4th club on 1681 was a red pied hen bred by Debbie Fearn, the sire off “Patchwork”, off a “Bomber” x Jan Theelan pairing. The dam a daughter off “Hideaway” x Marcelis, all going back to Father Terrys winning lines. Trevor & Gary Collins were 3rd on 1684 with a blue pied hen.

Finally, at Swadlincote Town, Davis, Wright & Sons got the winner on 1775, the same bird that won the Nelson.  C Murfin was 2nd; 3rd; and 4th on 1716; 1715; 1692; all Jansennes, the first a black cock, then a cheq cock and a black hen.

The fed breeder buyer was held the same day, with an 11-45 liberation. Congratulations to Alan Peach on winning the race with one bred by Pete Harrison, great to see two hard workers reap their rewards. F Richardson & Son were runners up with one of their own birds, Rob Horton did the same trick in third position, and Trevor & Gary Collins took the fourth prize with one bred by John & Pamela Dowd.





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