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Second Consecutive Group 3 Win For “Luca”

“The Original” Around The Up North Combine

Second Consecutive Group 3 Win For “Luca”

By Good Corn

For the third time in four races the Up North Combine postponed basketing for 24 hours, so on Saturday 27th June the members basketed their birds for a race from Chelmsford on Sunday 28th June, with there only being one cut this race the birds were up and away at 6.30am flying into a fresh South-West wind which going to be a very fast race. This has got to be the worst June racing weather with have ever had, all that brilliant weather before we finally got racing started has fallen by the roadside.


Mike & Lee Prokopowicz of Skinningrove H/S winners of 1st Club, 1st East ClevelandFederation and 1st Group 3 Chelmsford with “Luca” from a convoy of 7,366 birds.

As the previous report its straight in at Skinningrove H/S where the loft of Mike Prokopowicz & son Lee record their second Club, Federation and Group 3 win on the bounce after timing a trio of birds to win 1st and 2nd Club out of a nine members entry of 419 birds, 1st and 4th East Cleveland Federation from a 61 members entry of 1,573 birds, 1st, 4th and 40th Group 3 from a convoy of 7,366 birds with vels of 1833, 1813, 1748. With the pole position winner being a 2019 bred chequer cock who is out of a Dirk Van Den Bulck cock bred by McNally & Son of Wolverhampton when paired to a hen bred by former 1st Up North Combine winner Brain Clennon of Staithes fame, with the hen herself being a previous scorer of 5th Club, 9th Federation Oakham (2) as a young bird when there was 1,020 birds competing. The yearling chequer cock is winning for the second race running after winning a earth-shattering 1st Club, 1st Federation and 1st Group 3 Oakham (1) from a convoy of 8,473 birds which was a brilliant performance in itself and now this second top-drawer performance is out of this world. The double Group 3 winner now named “Luca” of Lee and his wife Nicky's first grandchild born on the 24th June in between the cocks outstanding two Group 3 wins. The blue card was awarded to a yearling chequer flipey hen bred out of a Alan Dungworth cock paired to a Anthony Thompson Verbreck hen who is the same way bred as Mike & Lee's 5th Club, 11th Federation Bubwith and 4th Club, 5th Federation Newark Show Ground potter. Mike & Lee's blue card potting hen is netting for the second race running after claiming 5th Club, 5th Federation, 5th Group 5 Oakham (1). Third on the clock came a 2018 bred chequer hen that is full sister to the blue card scorer and nestmate to a hen that won 1st Club, 2nd Federation, 27th Up North Combine Burbure in 2019 for Mike & Lee from a convoy of 8,025 birds. Like the red and blue card scorers she too is chalking for the second consecutive race after claiming 11th Federation, 19th Group 3 Oakham (1).  

Sayers Brothers Dave, the late Kenny, Brian and his loft helping son Richard had four birds on the clock to lift 3rd Club, 7th, 11th, 13th, 17th Federation, 8th, 16th, 18th, 26th Group 3 on 1780, 1768. 1762, 1758. With the lad's first and third timers being 2y while their second and fourth birds on the clock both being yearlings. B & K Simpson timed a trio of birds to lift 5th Club, 9th, 16th, 18th Federation, 14th, 25th, 27th Group 3 on 1770.4, 1759, 1757 with first on the clock for brothers Brian & Keith being a yearling natural Busschaert and next came a 2y chequer Dirk Van Den Bulck widowhood cock bred by Bob Fenech of Norfolk fame and being the previous potter of 2nd Club Huntingdon. Brian & Keith's third timer was a 3y chequer Willy Jacobs natural hen who is the previous scorer of 4th Club, 7th Federation Workshop when beaten by 2 loftmates that were 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th and 6th Federation, she then notched up 15th Federation Oakham before netting 4th Club, 6th Federation Oakham beaten by a loftmate who won 1st Club, 1st Federation. The hen also has a 4th Club, 11th Federation Newark behind a couple of loftmates who won 1st and 2nd Club, 4th and 11th Federation and that was followed up by pocketing 4th Club, 9th Federation Newark.  

White Brothers Malc & Stuart timed a couple of yearlings to notch up 10th and 20th Federation on 1770.3 and 1755 with their first timer being a blue hen that notched up 14th Federation young bird Oakham (1) and scored 3rd Club, 3rd Federation, 10th Group 3 Newark Show Ground 2 weeks ago out of 9,074 birds. The sire of the hen being bred by W Gates & Son of Bolden Colliery H/S for the Loftus Championship Club Breeder/Buyer in 2018, the dam of the blue hen is a Busschaert x Soontjen. Second on the clock for Malc & Stuart came a blue hen who is daughter of a cock who topped the Federation out of Burbure while her dam won 1st Club Reims in 2019. The late Gordon “Shang” Peirson MBE & sons Sack & Jim and loft helpers Trevor & Bobby McConnell clocked a 2y Heremans Ceusters bred by D & G Wright of Northumberland to notch up 15th Federation, 21st Group 3 on 1760.

I received a phone call from Frank Reilly who I have known for a great number of years and over them years I have had many good chats with Frank, anyway Frank asked if anyone was gathering the race info for the Brotton 6 Bird Club and sending it onto me which I replied no. Frank then said he will get the info from the members and phone them to me as soon as he had caught up with his Clubmates, I know Frank was not doing this for his own benefit because his phone call came after the second race where his, Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne partnership won 1st Club out of the first race Bubwith. The same day of his phone call Frank was back on the blower with the info on the second race and he has continued to do so with the results so far. The partnership of Kevin & Merv Brown & Sacka Cole hit the winners' enclosure after timing a couple of their entries to win a very nice 1st and 2nd Club with top spot being won by a 4y chequer hen who netted 4th Club the week before from Oakham (1) and previous to that the hen won 1st Club, 16th Federation Huntingdon (1) last season when there were 940 birds competing. The hen wins the “Frank Reilly Memorial Trophy” and the 2 Clubs, Brotton 6 Bird Club and the Brotton H/S Nomination with a vel of 1745 to go onto chalk up 26th Federation and 46th Group 3. While Kevin, his father Merv & Sacka's blue card potter was a 3y chequer hen who netted 2nd Club Folkestone (2) National in 2019 to round off a very good day for the lad's.


Sacka “Bill” Cole of K & M Brown & Cole of Brotton 6 Bird Club winners of 1st and 2nd Club,      26th East Cleveland Federation and 46th Group 3 Chelmsford.

Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson & Tubby “Graham” Purver netted 3rd Club with the green card being awarded to a inform yearling blue hen out of Golly's favourite the “FUT Cock” a very good racing cock winning 5 x 1st Clubs while the dam of the hen is from Morland & Elliott of New Brancepeth fame. Golly, Linda & Tubby's timer is not clock shy this season scoring from three of the four races so after after potting 5th Club Bubwith and then winning 1st Club Newark Show Ground. Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne pots 4th Club with their 2018 bred red hen who won 1st Club Bubwith on the opening day of the season and also being the previous scorer of 79th Up North Combine young bird Maidstone National. Mr & Mrs Bob & Babs Moore are in the frame for the third time in four starts after timing a yearling chequer cock bred by Brian Clennon to lift 5th Club. The previous weeks winning partnership of Andrew & Gavin Doe, John “Dillon” Swales, the late Sandy Sanderson & Tinkler clocked a 2y blue pied Ian “Evo” Everington Van Loon to notch up 5th Club.

The inform Marske & New Marske partnership of Paul Longstaff, Jeff Moore & Ronnie Mackay achieved a hat-trick of wins after timing a couple of their yearling widowhood cocks to win 1st and 2nd Club. With the red card going to a chequer cock while a blue cock potted the blue card with both of the widowhoods being from Anth Moore. New starter in the sport and first-time scorer Jack Campbell nets 3rd Club with a 2y paired up chequer Koopman cock from Dave Jones & Kirsty Carkett of Brotton H/S. The green card scoring cock was broken into the new loft location after Darren Sayers moved his birds to Marske from Skinningrove at the end of the 2019 racing season, Jack & Darren will be in partnership for the 2021 racing season. Jimmy Reed is in the frame again to lift 4th Club with the yellow card being awarded to a chequer VDB hen sent over-sitting.  

Ian “Knocker” Brown is unbeaten in four races after timing a 3y Janssen hen to win 1st Club at Boosbeck H/S, with all four of Knockers winners being different breeds. Ralph “David” Coates and helper Craig Clapton chalked up 2nd Club with a 2y Kruger x Huybrechts roundabout hen, while Club Secretary Don Smith & Daughter netted 3rd Club with a Theo Rutten x Sheldon Leonard widowhood hen. My spell check has been working overtime this season after so many new breed names getting on the Boosbeck results, keep the results coming Craig.  

Onto Billingham T U H/S where Ali “Mac” McLeod keeps up his 100% winning record by racking up his fourth win after timing no fewer than eight of his entries to win the first seven Club positions out of 114 birds, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 17th Teesside Federation with vels of 1776, 1741, 1736, 1734, 1723.6, 1723.2, 1716.9, 1698.7 from an entry of 482 birds which gives Mac a hat-trick of Federation wins. Pole position was won by the well out in front ”Porsche 911” a yearling chequer hen who went onto score 12th Group 3 out of 7,366 bird and who is the daughter of Mac's blue card scorer a 3y chequer hen who is the previous winner of 1st Federation and a number of other Club and Federation positions. The mother of the 3y hen is the nestmate to Mac's blue pied hen winner of of 3rd and 36th Up North Combine. The green card was awarded to a yearling blue hen who won 1st Club, 1st Federation Newark Show Ground and 4th Group 3 from a convoy of 9,074 birds 2 weeks earlier, the hen is out of Mac's Topstar birds with the sire topping the Section last year and the mother being a previous 1st Breeder/Buyer winner and scorer of 5th Up North Combine young bird Maidstone National.

The yellow card was potted by a 2019 bred chequer cock again similar lines of the Vandenabeele and Minderhoud which won a 3rd Up North Combine for Mac, with the mother of the chequer cock being full sister to Mac's 1st Up North Combine winning “Gaby Lou” and also full sister to 2nd and 7th UNC. Fifth on the clock was a 2y blue hen who in netting for the second time this season after chalking up 3rd Club, 7th Federation Newark Show Ground when beaten by her 1st Club, 1st Federation loftmate, with her being full sister to 2 x 1st Breeder/Buyer winners on the trot. Next up came a 2y blue hen who is nestmate to the sire of ”Porsche 911” with their sire being a very good racing cock who scored 9th and 51st UNC etc who is from M & D Evans Jester & Carrie lines. A 1y Clive Yates black pied Gust Janssen cock was next and he was followed by a 2019 bred blue hen to round of a cracking days racing.  

Colin Atkinson the winner 1st Club, 1st Federation Pontefract (2) and 1st Club, 2nd Federation Oakham (1) with the young birds last season timed a yearling blue hen doing 1707 to pocket 14th Federation. Butto Bell & Weedall the winners of the first 6 Federation positions from young bird Pontefract (1) and 1st Club, 10th Federation Wakefield with the young birds in 2019, both times winning the Federation Nomination, timed a 4y Ali McLeod Gaby Vandenabeele to notch up 19th Federation on 1697

Over at Haverton Hill the partnership of Andrew “Jappa” Appleton & Paul “The Rooster” Longstaff records their second straight win after timing a couple of their entries to win 1st and 4th Club from an entry of 93 birds. Leading the way for Jappa & Paul (Skunky) was a yearling blue Ali McLeod Gaby Vandenabeele hen who wins the 25p Club pools pocketing £7.05 and racks up a chart-topping vel of 1739 which was enough to chalk up 3rd Federation. The yellow card was netted by a 2y blue Gaby Vandenabeele cock of Ali McLeod bloodlines that achieved a vel of 1709 to pocket 13th Federation, Jappa & Skunky timed a later well-fancied birds to win the Federation Nomination. The loft of Stewart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe are back in the points after timing no less than three of their entries to lift 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club with the blue card being awarded to a 1y blue Appleton & Longstaff x Ali McLeod cock doing 1731 to go onto pot 7th Federation. The cock is chalking for the second time this season for he netted 2nd Club, 2nd Federation Bubwith when beaten by his 1st Club, 1st Federation winning loftmate. Second on the clock for Lewie, Amber & Coby was their green card scoring yearling chequer Darren Frost Hardy Kruger x Appleton & Longstaff Gaby Vandenabeele out of their Ali McLeod stock, with a vel of 1725 the hen took 8th Federation. Third on the clock was a well-fancied 2018 bred blue hen winning the Club £1 pools claiming £13.50 and 20th Federation on 1693. Paul Gatley, Graham Harrod & son Dale notched up 5th Club, 18th Federation on 1698 with a 4y blue cock who is a previous winner and scorer on a number of Club and Federation positions.

For the past few years Bill Heslop of Brotton and John Wilkie of Boldon have auctioned the birds for the Loftus Championship Club Breeder/Buyer sales and in that time Bill & John have donated their £100 each to various charity's of their choice, be it being a charity close to their hearts or a worthwhile local charity of their choice. For 2020 Bill & John have chosen The Teesside Hospice (it's the life we put into each day that counts) Registered Charity No: 512875. The reason of this year’s £200 donation was because The Teesside Hospice cared for Jacqueline in her final days before her sad passing on 24th March 2020, through Jacqueline's family they know how well she was cared for by the staff. In Memory of Jacqueline.

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