North West Classic Yeovil with Les J Parkinson.
There was a lot of running around for the officials of the club for this race after the transport people changed the race date and race point on the Wednesday with basketing on the Thursday. They should have been going to Chale for a Saturday but due to weather reports the decision was made to move to Yeovil and have a race on the Friday. This affected quite a few members who decided not to send which resulted in 29 members sending 288 birds. It turned out there was no need to worry about the Weather on the Saturday racing from the South Coast to the North West was not too bad and they turned up well enough, it was a mixed bag for some as is always the case, especially in classic racing when they are from a much bigger area. Getting back to the Friday race when they were dropping in small batches to some lofts, when you read the following on who the winners are you will see what I mean.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th section and open go to G Holker & Sons from Swinton recording vels of 1623 for the first three and 1622ypm for the 4th placed pigeon. They won £927.11 in prizes and pool money, and they only sent 8 so a good race for the team.
On birds sent S W Turnock of Biddulph had a particularly good race entering 3 to take 5th 6th 7th section and open on 1584 with the next two both being on 1580ypm winning £313.11p all being hens.
As well as the NWCC Stephen also races in the Biddulph Club with the North Staffs Fed. These are 3 yearlings hens raced on roundabout, 1st bird Blue Hen she had 2-1st in2021, 2nd Bird Grizzle Hen she won 3rd as Y/b 2020 then 3 prizes 2021 a sister to above 3, 2nd came with winner each time. 3rd bird is a cheq hen she has won 2x1st & 3rd bred by Roberts Bros Packmoor Stoke on Trent. The week before the Classic all three came together winning the first three in Club plus 6th-8th-9th North Staffs Fed in an east wind. They came together in Classic in the same order. The sire to the blue hen and grizzle hen are sisters to the blue cock who won 2nd Yb 4-1st & 3rd Club 3 Fed Cards as yearling and is a Lambrecht Cross. The dam is a grizzle hen bred by Bill Lees Woolescote Stourbridge and is a Lambrecht. The mother to the blue cock is a blue w/f hen 2x1st including 1st North Staffs Fed plus other prizes and was bred by Liam Claughan from Packmoor. Two brother grizzle cocks to the blue and grizzle hens have won 1st Yeovil as y/b, 3rd this year. 2x1st club 1st North Staffs Fed 2021. Sire to blue & chequer w/f 2nd & 4th club a son off Cousin Malcolm Tweets Speckled Head Cock won 6-1sts 3rd 6th 8th 11th North Staffs Fed 5/6000 birds. These birds have 2 short training tosses, and have had none since racing started, hens are out once a day. They are fed on Vanrobaeys Corn and B.J.F Feeds Sheffield. Also, blue w/f hen bred by Liam Claughan has brother cocks won as Yb 3-1st & 3rd Staffs & Moorlands breeder/buyer and 1st Carentan Packmoor Open.
Blue Hen 5th Open Grizzle Hen 6th Open Chequer Hen 7th Open
The Fowler Family from Leek clock 4 and all being on the same yard of 1573ypm and like the previous mentioned fancier these were all hens. They are 8th,9th,10th and 11th positions with four Widowhood hens that came together. The four hens are all Leo Hereman based through their good friends Curtis Wall & Lunt. These same four hens were 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Fed earlier in the season. The hen that was 8th Open is a multi-winning granddaughter of the legendary Hercules ( winner of 9 x 1st) and is also a granddaughter of Tara, who is Dam and Grand-Dam of many winners up to 5802 birds. In 9th Open is another multi-winning hen that is a granddaughter of Champion De 69, winner of 3 x 1st Fed, 3 x 2nd Fed and 2 x 3rd Fed. She is also a granddaughter of Tara (see above), we were fortunate enough to buy Tara at CWL’s entire clearance sale. 10th Open is a hen direct out of champion De 003 who was 2ndOpen Central Lancs Combine 6320 birds, 3 x 1st Fed and beaten by loftmates 5 times for first federation. Her Dam is a direct daughter of the famous Box 9 Pair, this hen is already Dam of 1st Federations. The Hen in 11th Open is a granddaughter of the Box 9 Hen and has been our best yearling hen this season winning many prizes.
Fowler Family 8th Open Chequer hen Fowler Family 9th open Blue Hen
The first 3 in section B were all racing to the lofts of Jimmy Hinchcliffe of Bury recording vels of 1546/1528/1527ypm. First of all, I would like to congratulate the winners, Holker Bros on a fantastic performance. Taking the first four places in a premier club like the NWCC is a great achievement. Now on to my section winner, he is a 2yo blue widowhood cock, I am pleased with the results because this is the first year, I have flown full widowhood. The change was made with there being a lack of channel racing this year I thought I would try one section on it. His sire has been a great racer and is bred from a long line of combine winning pigeons, while his dam has also won as a young bird and as a 2yo at club level. My 2nd and 3rd placed birds are also 2 widowhood cocks. They are only yearlings, so are still learning the system, but are bred for the job being Stefaan Lambrechts Van Den Bulck bred by Trevor and Kath Ramsden. I would also like to say thank you to all the officials for giving us classic racing in what has been an exceedingly difficult time.
Section C saw the first 5 positions going to Mr & Mrs D W Cox from Warrington clocking up 1453/1443/1406ypm.
Les J Parkinson.