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Burton S D Fed Cheltenham 08-05-18





Well the weekend of April 28th/29th is one I’d like to forget about. We were scheduled to race from Hullavington, but poor weather on the Saturday prevented a liberation.

Sunday didn’t see much of an improvement, apart from being a bit drier, but a strong ne wind and very cold air temperatures was the worry. It was decided to bring the birds nearer to home, so it was off to Cheltenham.

Our race advisor still wasn’t happy with the weather, so asked for the birds to be brought back to the clubs. what happened next, I don’t know, but it was decided it was ok to liberate at Cheltenham after all?

The strings were cut at 12-00 and the 1600 birds were liberated into a strong N.E. wind. It was said by a local in the Cheltenham racecourse area that our birds were still flying round the race point at 12-10 when he saw the peregrines go through them, this will be the major cause of the missing birds at nightfall, sadly there weren’t many back in the following days, personally we lost our best two cocks a 6yo and a 7yo?

The fact that the birds didn’t clear is probably the explanation why the top two fed birds were the furthest fliers in the fed on the east side? A poor start to a race always favours the farthest fliers?

Back to the race, and congratulations to John & Pamela Dowd of the Bulls Head Club, they took 1st fed on 1091 with a 2yo chequer hen. Clubmate F & T Salt Bros & Son were 2nd fed on 1083 with a yearling cock.

John and Pamela Dowd

Stretton had four birds in the top 10; Alan Brassington took 3rd fed on 1081.8 with a yearling cock out of Mr & Mrs ken lycett x Soontjen stock. Phil Whetton was close on his tail, taking 4th fed on 1081.6 with a 2yo cheq cock off stock from Steve Bennett from Bristol. Andy wood was 5th fed on 1072 with a 4yo staf van reet hen, and Mr & Mrs Ray Grimsdell were 9th fed on 1060 with a 4yo Willy Thas hen.

Alan Brassington


Phil Whetton

Andy Wood

Mr & Mrs Trevor Collins & Son had a good day winning both Swadlincote and nelson clubs. Their winner at Swadlincote town, a 2yo cheq van reet cock took 6th fed on 1069.

Mr & Mrs Ken Lycett have made an ominous start over at Hill Ridware, this week saw them take 7th & 8th fed on 1062; 1061; the first a 3yo Vandenabeele hen, a niece of champion “eddy”. She was followed by the 2yo sister to “eddy” that took 1st club, 2nd fed the week previous.

Completing the top 10, were John & Steve Hicks of Osmaston Park in Derby, they took 10th fed on 1059 with a 2yo cheq cock.


Around the clubs,

Starting at Stretton, 16 sent 248 and the first four appear in the fed top ten above, well done Alan on the win, and well done and bad luck to Phil, narrowly beat, but Phil had 6 birds in the top 10 of the club result.

At the nelson, Trevor & Gary Collins took 1st; 3rd; and 4th on 1045; 999; 993; the winner a 2yo wildie cock bred by Steve Eley, this cock was 2nd Ancenis last year, he was followed by a yearling Vandenabeele x Soontjen hen and a 4yo hen through Davis, wright & sons 31616 x van de rhee.  Davis, wright & sons were runners up on 1011 with a yearling van reet hen.

At Swadlincote town, Trevor & Gary Collins took 1st; 2nd & 4th on 1069; 1057; 1025; the winner a 2yo cock off a van reet, and a grandson off their good hen. He was followed by a 2yo van reet hen and a 3yo billy Calvert Lambrecht cock. Mr & Mrs Alan Streton were 3rd on 1045 with a 4yo hen.

Into derby now, at the brackens, Woolley & rogers took 1st & 2nd on 966; 953; both 4yo cooreman cocks. Brailsford & Doyle were 3rd on 952 with a yearling red cock and J & K Phillips were 4th on 948 with a yearling pied hen.

At Osmaston park, 12 sent 202 and John & Steve Hicks took the red card on 1059 with a 2yo cheq cock. L.d.s. Johnson were 2nd on 1043 with a 3yo hen; Mick Fern took 3rd on 994 with a yearling cock and Brian Dyjas was 4th on 986 with a 2yo hen.

Over at Hill Ridware, Mr & Mrs Ken Lycett took 1st & 2nd on 1062; 1061; both hens off their “eddy” lines. Maurice Elsmore was 3rd on 1042 with one off Spink & Barks. Then Spink & Barks took 4th on 1034 with a de bruyne x koopman hen, this hen is a gold mine, having won 5 x 1st club and 2 x 1st fed previously.

At Winshill, 6 sent 91 and Joe Marks took 1st & 3rd on 996; 949; the winner a 5yo de meyer x roland jansenne black cock, followed by a 4yo van reet cock. Andy Wood was runner up on 995 with a 2yo jansenne x huybrecht cock, bad luck Andy. Melv Willis took 4th spot on 927 with a yearling wildie x hen.

At The Miners Arms, Brian Ayre was miles in front on 1052 with a yearling van den bosche x cuester cock bred by Martin Hoogendyk. Martin himself was runner up on 856 with a yearling c.w.l. hen bred by Chris Parker. Mr & Mrs Alan Stretton were 3rd & 4th on 776; 754; the first a c.w.l. x herman cock.

At Etwall, 12 sent 215 and Dave Williams & son took 1st & 2nd on 1052; 990. Steve Billings was 3rd on 984 and Mick Leszczyszak was 4th on 970.


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