“The Original” Around The Up North Combine
Silver Medal & Danish Cup Of Friendship Trophy Winning Performance
By Good Corn
The Up North Combine had held-over from Roye on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June due to the weather conditions been foggy at the liberation site, on the morning of Monday 11th June the conditions on the liberation site was still not suitable for a liberation, so all the organisations who were competing for the Queens Cup decided to take the birds back to Burbure as the weather conditions were suitable for a liberation from the shorter distance. When the transporters arrived at the Burbure site there was a blue sky and sun, the birds were watered and rested before Chief Convoyer Peter Maw gave the go ahead to liberate the UNC convoy of 4,051 birds at 8.40hrs flying into a fresh North East wind, with the birds having to put a good shift in to reach their lofts.
Ian Stafford & Mark Wilson timed five birds to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th Club Skinningrove H/S, 1st, 8th, 10th, 13th, 14th East Cleveland Federation, 1st, 21st, 47th, 73rd, 7th UNC. White Bros Malc & Stuart the 1st Club, 1st Fed, 10th UNC Burbure (1) winning duo from an entry of 10,633 birds, timed a fancied 2y blue hen bred by Chapman & Sons of Seaham fame for the 2016 Loftus Championship Club breeder/buyer doing 1105.6 to lift 12th Fed, 3rd £2 Fed Nom pocketing £21.20, 2nd Loftus Championship Club lifting £21.60, 2nd Loftus Championship Club Sponsorship bagging another £48.00 and 72nd UNC. The lads timed another couple of 2y to notch up 238th, 249th UNC, with their latter timer being their Burbure (1) Federation chart topper. The loft of the late Gordon “Shang” Peirson MBE, sons Sack & Jim and loft helpers Bever & Bobby McConnell, fresh and still buzzing from their previous weeks 1st Club, 1st Fed Oakham (2) timed a 3y blue roundabout Busschaert hen bred from John Soderlund & John Maddison South Shields fame doing 1282.3 to pocket 188th UNC. Tich Richards & Alice Marsay clocked a 2y to net 234th Combine.
The Brotton H/S loft of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver and the very helpful Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rolands who were the Clubs second highest prize-winners in 2017, enjoyed the race of all races after timing the first six birds into Brotton to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club Brotton H/S, a fourth bird was later timed to take 5th Club and 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club Brotton Six Bird Club. Starting with Brotton H/S where the red card was won by “Frankie” a 2y blue De Rauw Sablon cock recording a top vel of 1348.8 to go onto score an outstanding 2nd Fed out of a 34 members entry of 253 birds and 2nd Up North Combine winning a Combine Silver Medal, which is a fantastic achievement. The grand/sire of Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie’s winner is brother to “Den Dromer”, while the grand/dam a double daughter to the sire “Lucky 77” a half-sister to “Den Dromer”. The blue card was awarded to a yearling blue hen making 1327 to chalk up a respectable 6th Fed, 14th UNC; the young hens sire is out of George Davison (Mr & Mrs Davison) of South Shields fame has proved to be a very good racing cock after winning 7 x 1st Clubs. The dam of the blue hen is of Ray Horton bloodlines, that have also proved their worth. The green card was chalked up by a fancied 2y blue hen knocking out a vel of 1307 to net 11th Fed, 2nd £2 Fed Nom lifting £31.80 and a useful 68th UNC; The sire of the blue hen is the winner of a cracking 7 x 1st Clubs, while the hens dam is a direct daughter to Evo's 2012 1st Up North Combine old bird Folkestone (2) National winning “Evo's Lad” from a convoy of 15,855 birds. Fourth on the clock was a 2016 bred chequer Brockamp cock of Kirkpatrick Bros of Whitley Bay cross. Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners timed a yearling doing 1282.2 to pocket 4th Club, 189th UNC and a yearling making 1480 to notch up 6th Club.
1, Frankie holding his namesake “Frankie” winner of 1st Brotton H/S, 2nd East Cleveland
Federation, 2nd UNC Burbure (2) winning a Combine Silver Medal. Golly holding “Elton” the winner of 1st Brotton Six Bird Club, 3rd East Cleveland Federation, 4th UNC Burbure (2) winning the “Danish Cup Of Friendship”, with Linda & Tubby.
On to the Brotton Six Bird Club where we already know that the overjoyed loft of Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver and the most helpful Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rolands who were the Clubs top prize-winners in 2017 won a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club. With top spot being won by “Elton” a 2017 bred blue cock achieving a winning vel of 1347.4 which was enough to score a fantastic 3rd Fed, 4th Up North Combine. The Brotton H/S winning “Frankie” and the Brotton Six Bird Club winning “Elton” recorded an average velocity of 1347.9 which was enough to win the UNC “Danish Cup Of Friendship Trophy” for the best two bird performance, which is a second fantastic achievement to add to Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie's pedigree. The pole position winning “Elton” who is of Ray Horton success lines crossed into Evo's equally successful bloodlines, is the son of a cock who won an awesome 6 x 1st Clubs for Golly & Linda, Out of his six red card winning performance the cock won four times from the channel, with him winning 1st Club Lillers and 1st Club Clermont in both Brotton H/S and the Brotton Six Bird Club, and if I'm not mistaken he achieved this from two different loft locations. The blue card scorer was a 2y blue Van Loon/Riet Vink Janssen cock on 1337 to lift 5th Fed, 8th UNC who is the son of “1755” a former East Cleveland Bird Of The Year for Evo, the winner of 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 7th UNC Fontenay, 2nd Club, 3rd Fed Lillers when beaten by a loft mate, 1st Club, 1st Fed Clermont, 2nd Club, 3rd Fed Lillers, 3rd Club, 12th Fed Lillers etc. While the dam is a daughter of “Evo's Lad”, the sire of a number of good birds for Evo. The green card was chalked up by a well-fancied 2y blue hen of Graham “Watto” Wattis of Lingdale/ John Soderlund & John Maddison of South Shields fame, who is the previous winner of 4 x 1st Clubs and Bird Of The Year in the Brotton Six Bird Club. While the sire of the hen is also a former winner of the Bird Of The Year in the Brotton Six Bird Club. The green card potting blue hen knocked out a vel of 1324 to go onto net 7th Fed, 1st £2 Fed Nom pocketing £53.00, 1st Loftus Championship Club lifting £36.00, 1st Loftus Championship Club Sponsorship banking another £80.00 to round off a brilliant day for the Silver Medal and the “Danish Cup Of Friendship Trophy” winning Golly, Linda. Tubby, Evo & Frankie and believe me it was well and truly deserved.
The partnership of Kevin & Merv Brown & Sacker “Billy” Cole returns to the channel frame to lift 4th Club, with Kevin his father Merv & Sacker who won a cracking 1st Club, 5th Fed, 82nd UNC out of Burbure (1) yellow card potter being a yearling. The loft of Andrew & Gavin Doe, John “Dillon” Swales and the late Sandy Sanderson the Clubs channel average winners in 2017 are chalking for the second time from over the pond after netting 5th and 6th Club from Burbure (1). This time they clocked the 5y that claimed 5th Club Burbure (1) to pot 5th Club again.
Ian “Knocker” Brown of Boosbeck the previous winner of 1st and 3rd Up North Combine Maidstone Yearling National in 2012 from a convoy of 7,125 birds, had his birds on song after timing no fewer than five of his entries, a 2y followed by three 3y and then another 2y to win a top notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Club, 4th, 9th, 18th Fed, 5th, 45th, 96th, 202nd UNC with vels of 1346, 1313, 1301.4, 1279. The late George Skidmore, grandsons Michael & Liam Jackson wins 1st Club, 19th Fed, 99th UNC with a 2y at Lingdale with a leading vel of 1300.
The Skelton Green loft of Alan & David Wright recorded their second win on the trot and third win of the season after timing a trio of birds to win a notable 1st, 2nd, 4th Club, with the winning chequer Busschaert knocking out a top vel of 1303 to go onto score 15th Fed, 79th UNC. Fifteen seconds after the red card winner in the blue card position came a 3y doing 1302 to lift 16th Fed, 84th UNC, while the yellow card was notched up by a 5y on 1298 for 20th Fed, 111th Combine to round off a fine performance. The late Peter Winspear, son Derek and his son Mark cashed in after timing a couple of 2y on the clock to lift 3rd and 5th Club with the green doing 1301.9 for 17th Fed, 89th UNC; while the lads well-fancied second timer achieved 1292 to take 21st Fed, £1, £5 Fed Pools banking £96.00, 3rd Loftus Championship Club lifting £14.40, 3rd Loftus Championship Club Sponsorship grabbing £32.00, also winning the £100.00 Nomination and 136th Combine. Des Williams and his right hand man Roger Wall the winners of 1st Club, 6th Fed, 90th UNC Burbure (1) clocked a 2y making 1277 to claim 6th Club, 214th UNC.
Martin Hogarth the Secretary of Marske & New Marske was the only one who sent in his Club from the Burbure (2) race, with his single entry being a 2y blue roundabout hen that notched up 53rd Fed. The blue hen pocketed 30th Fed Reims last season before going onto win 1st Club, 50th Fed Burbure (2); and this year she chalked up 3rd Club, 43rd Fed Burbure (1) where she also netted 6th Roy “Chubby” Brown Show Race where she won a Bag of Corn, Tub TK Conditioner, Tub Pink Minerals and a Bottle of Naturaline.
Moving onto the Teesside Federation where we see Colin Atkinson (former Atkinson & Woodward) time one of his three entries a 2y blue cock achieving a vel of 1336 to win a most impressive 1st Club, 1st Fed out of 140 birds, 1st Fed Nom, 1st Fed Pools banking £50.00, 1st Section 5 winning £148.26 in prize money and a brilliant 9th UNC. The chart topping cock who scored 2nd Club, 6th Fed, 7th Section Huntingdon (1) when beaten by a loft mate that won 1st Club, 1st Fed, 1st Section from a convoy of 7,024 birds in 2017, is carding for the second time this season after netting 4th Club, 11th Fed, 71st UNC Burbure (1). Colin had netted twice before this awesome performance with his first chalk of the season coming at Chelmsford (1) where he potted 8th Fed and that was followed up by pocketing 4th Club, 11th Fed, 71st Combine Burbure (1).
2, Colin Atkinson of Billingham T U H/S holding his 2y blue cock, the winner of 1st Club, 1st
Teesside Federation, 1st Section 5 and 9th UNC Burbure (2) from a convoy of 4,051 birds.
Colin when in partnership with Alby Woodward enjoyed a very good 2017 racing season with them being third highest prize-winners in the Teesside Federation, with them being runners up young bird average and winners of the young bird of the year. The two lads achieved some fantastic performance in their final year together including winning a brilliant 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 2nd Fed, 1st and 7th Section old bird Huntingdon from a convoy of 7,024 birds. Then the lads won a cracking 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 20th Section Oakham (3) out of an entry of 4,354 birds. Onto the young birds where Colin & Alby won an outstanding 1st Club, 1st Fed, 4th Section Pontefract (2) when there was 5,795 birds away. The following week when the birds were at Worksop (1) their Pontefract (1) pole position Section winner produced the goods for the second race running to win an earth-shattering 1st Club, 1st Fed, 1st Section from a convoy of 5,285 birds. The duo recorded their third win of the 2017 young bird season when they won an awesome 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 4th Section Rivenhall out of an entry of 2,954 birds. I'm sure given time Colin will relight some top performance he enjoyed in 2017.
Ali “Mac” McLeod had five birds on the clock to lift 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Club, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th Fed, 22nd, 112th, 123rd, 187th, 193rd UNC with vels of 1321, 1298, 1296, 1282, 1281. With the blue card being awarded to a 2016 bred blue Vandenabeele hen who netted 3rd Club, 3rd Fed out of Oakham (1) when beaten by a loft mate that took 2nd Club, 2nd Fed. The blue hens sire is a grandson of “The Young Couple” and the dam is from Ali's old Minderhoud family that have withstood the test of time producing numerous of winners. The green card was netted by a 2y blue hen and she was followed by a 1y blue hen that notched up 15th Fed, 176th UNC out of Burbure (1), while fourth on the clock came a 2017 bred blue pied hen. Mac's fifth timer was a yearling chequer Vandenabeele hen who won a belting 1st Club, 1st Fed Chelmsford (1), with her being full sister to Mac's blue pied hen “64” the previous winner of 3rd and 36th Up North Combine, while young blue hens sire is a direct Mark Evans.
Next stop is Haverton Hill where we see Andrew Appleton & Paul Longstaff continue their brilliant season by timing no fewer than four of their channel squad to win a most impressive 1st, 2nd and 5th Club, 2nd, 4th, 10th, 19th Fed with vels of 1328, 1317, 1283, 1262. With pole position being won by their outstanding 4y chequer cock who contains the Gaby Vandenabeele bloodlines of Ali McLeod, the winning cock who was having his third race of the season also went onto lift 2nd £5 Fed Pools pocketing £30.00 and a cracking 13th UNC. The old boy has never been shy of knocking out some top performances in his time which includes him winning an outstanding, 1st Club, 1st Fed, 1st Section, 6th UNC Eastbourne (1) National from a convoy of 7,474 birds and an impressive 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 65th UNC Burbure (2) in 2016 when there were 9,331 birds competing. The cock also won a top notch 1st Club, 1st Fed, 4th Section, 36th UNC Reims out of 4,193 birds and 15th Fed Burbure (2) in 2017. The blue card was awarded to a yearling blue hen who chalked up a notable 31st UNC, and she was followed by another yearling only this time a chequer hen taking 182nd Combine. Andrew & Paul's fourth timer was a 2017 bred blue cock, who like the previous two yearling timers will have their chance to prove themselves from the channel in the next couple of years.
Andrew & Paul have enjoyed a brilliant season so far after taking 2nd Club, 11th Fed out of Newark and then winning 1st and 3rd Club, 2nd and 20th Fed the following race from Chelmsford (1). Onto the Eastbourne (1) National where the two lads had a couple of birds on the clock to win a notable 1st and 2nd Club, 4th and 6th Fed, 110th and 169th UNC from a convoy of 18,545 birds. Andrew & Paul's highlight of the season so far came at the first French channel race Burbure (1) when they timed five birds to win a fantastic 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th Club, 1st, 8th, 14th, 16th, 17th Fed, 1st Section 5 winning £177.83 in prize money, 3rd, 44th, 156th, 197th, 210th UNC from a convoy of 10,633 birds. With Andrew & Paul's well out in front winner that topped the Fed charts by 21 minutes going onto win a Combine Bronze Medal and winning the UNC “Captain George Trophy” for the first yearling. A top class performance from two top class lads who have proved to be the ones to beat from the channel races.
The loft of Paul Gatley, Bob Harrod & son Dale had a good clocking day after timing no less than five of their entries to chalk up a notable 3rd and 4th Club, 5th, 8th, 15th, 16th, 18th Fed. With the green card being awarded to a 2y Mr & Mrs Stephen & Jeanann Wheatley blue hen achieving 1307 to go onto net 70th UNC, to add to her 4th Club, 13th Fed, 152nd UNC out of Burbure (1). The hen won 6th Club, 16th Fed, 229th UNC Burbure (1), 20th Fed Roye and a cracking 1st Club, 2nd Fed, 3rd Section, 24th UNC Rivenhall National in 2017. Paul, Bob & Dale's yellow card potting 3y blue cock knocked out a vel of 1294 to pot 128th UNC, the cock notched up 5th Club, 13th Fed Rivenhall National last season when beaten by two loft mates. Third on the clock came a yearling blue hen doing 1275 to lift 15th Fed, 229th Combine and she was followed by a 2016 bred blue cock who won 2nd Club, 5th Fed, 93rd UNC Burbure (1) and a brilliant 1st Club, 3rd Fed, 6th Section Roye in 2017. The lads fifth timer was a 2y blue cock to round off a notable team performance.
Keith Hodge & Dennis Potter the previous winners of 1st Club, 10th Fed Newark follow up their 2nd Club, 3rd Fed Oakham (2) by hitting the winners' enclosure at Middlesbrough H/S after timing a 2y blue hen knocking out a top vel of 1292 to win 1st Club, 9th Fed, 135th UNC. The partnership of the late Les Wellburn & sons Les & Derek timed a 4y blue hen doing 1280.9 to chalk up 2nd Club, 13th Fed, 194th UNC. Mr & Mrs Stephen & Jeanann Wheatley timed a couple of their six entries to lift 3rd and 4th Club with the duo's green card potter being a 3y chequer hen doing 1266 to net 17th Fed. While Stephen & Jeanann's yellow card claimer being a 2015 bred blue hen making 1249 for 20th Fed.
I have said it before and I will say it again, that the Teesside Federation is nowhere near as big Club and birdage wise as it once was when there were up to 7,000 birds competing from the inland races. But what they lack in numbers they more than make up for in performances when competing in the Combine races, this is the UNC's third Combine race of the season and the three Teesside Federation winners have won the following. Tommy Clarke & son Gary's Eastbourne (1) National winner went onto win 1st Section, 4th UNC from a convoy of 18,545 birds. Onto Burbure (1) where Andrew Appleton & Paul Longstaff's Fed winner went onto win 1st Section, 3rd UNC winning a Combine Bronze Medal when there were 10,633 birds competing. Now we have Colin Atkinson the winner of 1st Fed, 1st Section, 9th UNC out of an entry of 4,051 birds. If that's not racing at it's best, then I don't know what is. Well done lads, I wish the Federation continuous success at UNC level.
The Up North Combine weather committee voted 15 4 to put back basketing for Chelmsford (2) on the morning of 15th June, the following morning it resulted in 14 votes to 2 to basket 2 hours earlier for a Sunday 17th June liberation. Like a number of times this season things never went the way it was planned, as the weather was overcast at the race point with an update at 9am and the next message that came through was, the weather forecast was to improve with an update at 10.30. It was all systems go at 9.50hrs when Group 1 were liberated into a South South-West wind, followed by Group 2 who were on their way at 10.05hrs, with the third and final Group 3 hitting the sky at 10.20hrs.
Starting at Billingham T U H/S where the inform Ali McLeod enjoyed another cracking race after timing 11 of his squad to win a rip-roaring 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Club, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th Fed with vels of 1518, 1511, 1510, 1503, 1494.4, 1494.3(2), 1494.1, 1493.9, 1490, 1487. This was Mac's sixth Club win and fifth Federation win of the 2017 racing season. Pole position was won by a 2y blue cock the winner of 1st Club, 1st Fed Huntingdon this season. The double 1st Federation winning cock is out of a son of the old cock onto a hen through a grandson of “Sissi” of Ad Schaerlaeckens. The blue card was awarded to a 2y blue cock who netted 2nd Club, 3rd Fed Chelmsford when beaten by a loft mate that won 1st Club, 1st Fed, he had scored a few times as a yearling including, 4th Club, 5th Fed Bubwith, 2nd Club, 4th Fed, 6th Section Peterborough when beaten by a loft mate that won 1st Club, 3rd Fed, 5th Section when there were 4,203 birds. He also took 3rd Club, 4th Fed, 25th UNC Burbure (2) when beaten by two loft mates that won 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 3rd Fed, 7th and 18th UNC from a convoy of 10,689 birds. The cock is a Son of Mac's good racing cock “82” a former winner of Teesside Federation Bird Of The Year, and top producing cock. The green card was chalked up by a yearling blue cock and he was followed by the yellow card potting 2y blue Vandenabeele cock who has a 2nd Club, 3rd Fed, 107th UNC Eastbourne National to his credit this season when beaten by a loft mate that netted 2nd Club, 2nd Fed, 69th UNC. The cock is through the same lines as Mac's 1st UNC Burbure Gold Medal winning “Gaby Lou”, with the cocks sire been a half Brother to the sire of the 1st UNC winner, while the dam is a pure Vandenabeele. Fifth on the clock came a 2017 bred blue hen that was 3rd Club, 7th Fed Bubwith and 4th Club, 5th Fed Newark when beaten by three loft mates that won 1st, 2nd, 3rd Club, 1st, 3rd, 4th Fed. Steve Wilson stopped Mac from making it a clean sweep by timing a 2y blue cock making 1499.94 to notch up a useful 5th Club, 7th Fed. Steve has scored a few times the past few races with him netting 5th Club, 9th Fed out of the Eastbourne National and followed that up a week later by pocketing 5th Club again only this time Steve's well-fancied timer went onto score 7th Fed winning the Fed Nom. Steve was in the frame for the third consecutive race when he potted a notable 3rd Club, 5th Fed, 2nd £5 Fed Pools banking £35.00 and 33rd UNC Burbure (1). Steve was up and at them again two weeks later when a couple of birds were timed to lift a respectable 2nd Club, 4th and 11th Fed out of Oakham (2).
The inform Haverton Hill partnership of Andrew Appleton & Paul Longstaff achieved their second win on the bounce to record their fifth win of the season, after timing three birds to win a top notch 1st, 3rd, 4th Club. With the red card being won by yearling blue hen doing 1502 to lift 5th Fed, the hen is carding for the second week running for she potted 2nd Club, 4th Fed, 31st UNC Burbure (2) the previous race. The green card was awarded to a 2017 bred chequer cock making 1494.2 to claim 14th Fed and give Paul a winning return after his 2 weeks holiday. Paul had not long being back home when he learnt of the devastation news of his mate Ali McLeod losing a £10 note, After much panic and Ali retracing his tracks the tenner was found on the allotments path and will probably never see the light of day again. Back to the result where we have the loft of Paul Gatley, Bob Harrod & son Dale timing the same yearling blue hen that took 6th Club, 15th Fed, 229th UNC from Burbure (2) only days before. Stewart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe are in 5th spot. Steven Smith & son Aaron are in the money again after timing their well-fancied 2y dark cock on 1475 to win the Fed Nom, this is the second time they have cashed in on their excellent picking for they won the Fed Nom out of Huntingdon.
Moving onto Middlesbrough H/S where the loft of Keith Hodge & Dennis Potter are starting to show a run of form after timing no less than three of their entries to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 4th Club, with top spot being won by a 2y blue hen recording a winning vel of 1500 which was enough to score a nice 6th Fed. The blue card potting yearling blue hen that was timed one second behind the red card winner racked up a vel of 1499.91 to net 8th Fed, and she was followed by a 2y blue pied hen on 1486 for 20th Fed. With the yellow card scoring hen being the previous winner of 1st Club, 10th Fed Newark when there was 958 birds competing. Mr & Mrs Stephen & Jeanann Wheatley stepped in to take 3rd Club, 17th Fed with a 2017 bred blue pied hen doing 1493.1.
Moving onto the East Cleveland Federation where the Skinningrove H/S loft of Ian Stafford & Mark Wilson won 1st, 2nd, 5th Club, 1st, 2nd, 11th, 16th, 20th Fed from a 60 members entry of 1,131 birds. Mike Prokopowicz & son Lee the 1st Club, 4th Fed Chelmsford (1) winners when there were 2,189 birds competing chalked up 3rd Club, 3rd Fed on 1543. With Secretary Mike & Lee's green card scorer being a yearling chequer hen bred by Brian Clennan from his Syndicate Lofts stock, with the hen being the previous scorer of 2nd Club, 4th Fed young bird Melton Mowbray when beaten by a loft mate that won 1st Club, 4th Fed when there was 1,612 birds competing. B & K Simpson are in 4th spot with Brian & Keith's yellow card scorer being a yearling dark Dirk Van Den Bulck widowhood cock making 1527 to lift 10th Fed. The cock bred by good friend Bob Fenech of Norfolk fame won 1st Club, 1st Club Nom, 8th Fed Oakham (1) from a convoy of 1,606 birds.
W & S Ward tops the Brotton H/S charts with Bill and grandson Shaun's red card winner being a yearling Homer & Williams, Leo Heremans x Gus Janssen doing 1332 to score a very nice 5th Fed. Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver and loft helpers Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rolands had a couple of their entries on the clock to lift 2nd and 4th Club with the blue card going to a yearling blue hen through Derek Porter/ Moore & Elliott achieving 1929.9 to go onto pot a useful 7th Fed. Golly, Linda, Tubby, Evo & Frankie’s yellow card claimer was a 2y chequer cock bred by Evo. The remaining points scoring positions were scored by Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners who timed a yearling and two 2y to pocket 3rd, 5th, 6th Club, with the green card potter doing 1519 for 15th Fed.
Next stop the Brotton Six Bird Club where it's two wins on the belt for the Champaign drinking Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver and helpers Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rolands. With the red card winner who topped the Club charts by 5 minutes being a 2y blue hen bred by Clubmates Bill & Shaun Ward recording a leading vel of 1532.0 which was enough to chalk up a notable 6th Fed. W & S Ward are in 2nd spot with their star of the season, a 2016 bred Staf Van Reet hen who is racking up the points and churning out brilliant performances after winning 1st Club Bubwith, 2nd Club Newark when she was beaten by a loft mate. She followed that up by taking 5th Club out of the Eastbourne National and then netted 2nd Club Oakham (1) where she was beaten by a loft mate, before winning 1st Club, 1st Club Nom, 12th Fed Worksop (2). The outstanding hen then won 1st Club, 1st Club Nom for the second inland race running from Huntingdon (1), and then took 6th Club Oakham (2) when beaten by three loft mates that won 1st, 2nd, 4th Club. The right Honourable Vic Garbutt, the late Brian “Rusty” Stone & Brian “Mac” McCormick timed a yearling to lift 3rd Club. Mr & Mrs Bob & Babs Moore clocked a 2y to pocket 4th Club and a yearling to claim 5th Club, with their second timer being the scorer of 3rd Club Newark. The partnership of Andrew & Gavin Doe, John “Dillon” Swales and the late Sandy Sanderson are in 6th place with a yearling.
The Skelton Green loft of Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and loft helper Trevor Mitchell returned to the winners' enclosure in great style after timing no fewer than four of their entries to win a top notch 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th Club to record their fourth win of the season. With the red and blue card winners that were clocked one second apart being both yearlings achieving vels of 1529.3 and 1529.1 to score a useful 8th and 9th Fed. The lads next couple of timers that were clocked 17 seconds apart were also yearlings making 1517 and 1515 to notch up 18th and 20th Fed. Alan & David Wright are in 3rd spot with a yearling doing 1526.6 to claim 12th Fed; while the late Peter Winspear, son Derek and his mark timed a yearling doing 1516 for 19th Fed.
The partnership of the late Jack Brown & Tony Hunt got back to their winning ways at Marske & New Marske to record Tony's fourth win of the campaign. With Tony's pole position winner being a 2017 bred blue flipey Dirk Seppers/Van Gompel widowhood cock achieving a top vel of 1521 which was enough to score a useful 13th Fed. The red card winning cock who was 2nd Club out of Oakham (1) when beaten by a loft mate, is the previous winner of 1st Club Worksop (1) as a young bird. Geoff Bavin timed a 2016 bred chequer roundabout hen bred from Rutland Lofts stock to score 2nd Club. While Martin Hogarth nets 3rd Club with a 2y chequer roundabout hen of his own breed, the hen was a very close 2nd Club Rivenhall as a young bird when beaten by her own nestmate. Martin also win the Club Nom. Jimmy Reed is in 4th spot with his inform yearling blue w/f roundabout hen off Geoff Kirkland stock, with the yellow card scorer chalking for the fifth race running after winning 5th Club Oakham (1), 5th Club Worksop (2), 1st Club, 19th Fed Huntingdon when there were 1,076 birds competing, 1st Club, 33rd Fed Oakham (2) out of 812 birds. The partnership of Paul Longstaff, Jeff Moore & Ron Mackay pockets 5th Club after timing a 1y blue Van Loon widowhood cock bred from Anth Moore of Guisborough fame, the young cock is carding for the second time in as many weeks after lifting 3rd Club Huntingdon. In over 30 years as being a scribe I can never remember there being five different card scorers like this week in all the races I have reported on in that time.
Down at Staithes ex Boosbeck member Golly “Derek” Foster makes it his third win of the season after timing four of his squad to win 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th Club. While Chris Cooke had a couple of his entries on the clock to pocket 4th and 5th Club.
Closing time has arrived, so I will sign off for another week.
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