Keith Simpson Report - Huntingdon
“The Original” Around The Up North Combine
By Good Corn
I will start this weeks report with the North of England Homing Union Centenary 2 - Bird Brighton race where after a one-day holdover the 584 lofts of 36 Federations 1,128 birds were liberated at 5.50hrs on Sunday 9th June flying into a light variable to south-west wind. The Brotton H/S 7/14 partnership of Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners clocked both their timers a 2y and a 5y to win a top-notch 1st and 7th East Cleveland Federation from a 29 members entry of 58 birds with vels of 1508 and 1456.1. With Reg & Ray's Fed topper winning the £1, £2 and £5 Fed Noms banking £170.00. W & S Ward netted 3rd Fed with a 3y on 1473 to lift 3rd £2 Fed Nom pocketing £12.80, Mr & Mrs Bob & Babs Moore chalked up 4th Federation with a yearling doing 1471, while Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver, Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rowland claimed 11th Fed with a 1y on 1398. Onto Skinningrove 6/12 Stafford & Wilson notched up 2nd and 15th Fed on 1496 and 1351; while Brian “Brunks” Laity potted 8th Fed on 1449 with a yearling; with Sayers Bros taking 17th Fed on 1292. Harris Bros Eric & Ian and son Ian “Shot Gun Kelly” had the first one at Loftus 8/16 with their 3y knocking out a vel of 1460 for 5th Fed; while Jan Bailes & Family timed a yearling doing 1456.7. Keith & Matty Arkless timed a yearling Belgian import to pocket 13th Fed on 1364; with Jim & Julie Kelly (no relation to Shot Gun Kelly) claiming 16th Fed with a 4y making 1325, while Dean Ward took 18th Fed on 1257 with a yearling. David Coates was the only member to send at Boosbeck but that did not stop the lad from clocking his 3y to score 9th Fed on 1447. Eion Richardson of Skelton Green 4/8 clocked up 10th Fed with a 3y doing 1406 and he was followed by Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and loft helper Trevor Mitchell who timed a 2y on 1376 to take 12 Fed; and Des Williams & Roger Wall pocket 19th Fed with a yearling on 1227. Onto Lingdale the late George Skidmore & grand/sons Michael & Liam pick up 14th Fed with a 1y on 1362.
Onto the Teesside Federation where the man of the moment Ali “Mac” McLeod of Billingham T U H/S is stepping up the gas again this season, after winning 1st Up North Combine and the North of England Queens Cup Roye on the very same day as the Brighton race. Ali wins 1st Fed and the £5 Fed Nom pocketing £50 on 1495 which was enough to lift 39th Open winning £100 kindly donated by Vale of Derwent Social Club. I thought I had seen it all seeing Magicians pull rabbits out of hats but Ali beats that by pulling banknotes out of different events. Mac's Fed winner was a yearling blue Koen Minderhoud hen who won 1st Club, 2nd Fed Oakham as a young bird, the hen has really proved herself this year after taking 10th Fed Bubwith on the opening day of the new season when beaten by six loftmates and she followed that up two weeks later by winning 1st Club, 2nd Fed Newark Show Ground. Things got even better out of Oakham (2) when she won 1st Club, 1st Federation Oakham (2) and quickly followed that up by taking 4th Club, 7th Fed Chelmsford (1) when beaten by two loftmates that were 2nd and 3rd Club, 5th and 6th Fed. The blue hen is proving to be a bit of a handful this season with her achieving a number of top performances, no doubt we will be hearing more of her as the season goes on. The sire of the consistent hen was bred for stock from Ali's original Koen Minderhouds while the dam was direct of Mac's number one Gabby cock from T Fowler paired onto the mother of his top racing cocks “82” & “29”. Colin Atkinson timed a yearling blue cock on 1433 for 2nd Fed while Butto Bell & Weedall had both their entries a 2y blue cock and a yearling blue cock, on the clock to lift 7th and 10th Fed on 1103 and 977. John Pledger had the first bird at Haverton Hill with John's timer being a 2y chequer cock achieving a vel of 1375 which was enough to score a very nice 3rd Federation. Stuart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe potted 5th Fed with a 1y blue hen doing 1297 and they were followed by Paul Gatley, Bob Harrod & son Dale who notched up 8th Fed with a 3y blue cock on 1074, while Nathan Bonar in his first full season after enjoying a brilliant 2018 young bird season claims 9th Fed with a 2018 bred blue hen making 1023.
The birds were at Huntingdon (1) on Saturday 15th June when the strings were cut on the East Cleveland Federation 46 members entry of 940 birds at 07.30 flying into a light south wind, the wind got very stronger with it turning to south-east which made the birds motor along which resulted in most members seeing the birds arrive earlier than they had expected. Starting at Skinningrove 10/266 where the loft of Tich Richards & Alice Marsay recorded their second win of the season after timing a yearling achieving a vel of 2012 to win a brilliant 1st Club, 2nd Fed. With Tich & grand/daughter Alice chart-topper being the nestmate to the duo's 1st Club, 1st Fed Oakham (2) winner when there were 1,632 birds competing. The winner through Steve & Sheila Trattles of Loftus contains a host of winners in it's pedigree including “Peanuts” Tich & Alice 1st Up North Combine young bird Peterborough (sub Maidstone) National winner when there was 11,967 birds competing.
B & K Simpson timed no fewer than five of their widowhood team in the space of 17 seconds to score 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Club, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 10th Fed with vels of 2005.9, 2005.5, 2002.8, 2002.6 and 2001.8. With brothers Brian & Keith's blue card scorer being a home-bred yearling blue Dirk Van Den Bulck of good friend Bob Fenech of Norfolk fame bloodlines, with the sire being “Red 32” the previous scorer of 3rd Club, 3rd Fed. While the dam of the blue card potter is “36” the previous winner of 1st Club, 4th Fed, 4th Club, 9th Fed and a 19th Fed. The green card was awarded to a 2018 bred chequer Louis Cooreman cock who is out of a home-bred cock who has bred winners, while the dam is direct Louis Cooreman who has also bred winners. The yellow card was chalked up by a 1y mealy Dirk Van Den Bulck cock bred by Bob Fenech who wins the £5 Club Nom and he was followed by a blue Willy Jacobs cock, who is the son of a cock who has a 2nd Club, 2nd Fed, 4th Club, 4th Fed and a 18th Fed to his credit, while the dam of the blue cock is the previous scorer of 2nd Club, 8th Fed. Fifth on the clock for Brian & Keith was a previous scoring 3y dark Busschaert cock who is scoring for the second time this season after netting 2nd Club, 4th Fed Oakham (2). The sire of the dark cock has bred a 1st Federation winner, while his dam had bred 2 x 1st Federation winners when paired to two different cocks.
Stafford & Wilson timed a couple of birds to lift 8th and 9th Fed. While Mike Prokopowicz & son Lee had a single bird on the clock to notch up 13th Fed on 1974, with the lads timer who has a few minor Fed turns to his credit being a 3y blue cock bred by Wayne Doonan. White Bros Malc & Stuart potted 15th Fed on 1966 with a yearling blue Heremans Ceusters cock bred from a pair of Homer & Williams stock that is the same way bred as the duo's 1st Club, 6th Fed Chelmsford (2) winner. Mr & Mrs I & E Purver timed a couple of yearlings two seconds apart to pot 17th and 18th Fed on 1964 and 1963, with first on the clock for Ian & Liz was a blue Gaby Vandenabeele cock who is the son of a cock who is off the same sire as the duo's “Dream Girl” winner of 1st Up North Combine Reims from a convoy of 4,193 birds in 2017. While the dam of the timer is the “Temple Park Hen” of Stuart Knowles that Ian & Liz purchased at a North of England Homing Union Show sale, who bred a bird to win 1st Club, 1st Fed, 1st Section and 8th UNC Reims in 2018 out of an entry of 8,775 birds. Second on the clock was a blue cock off Peter Fox Syndicate Lofts whose sire is a son of “Amadeus” who is off “Di Caprio”, while the dam is a Marina Van Der Velde.
Onto Brotton H/S 8/181 where the loft of Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners recorded their fifth Club win of the season after timing a 3y and a 2y to win 1st and 4th Club, with the red card winner who racked up a top vel of 1981 going onto chalk up 12th Fed. Club Secretary Terry Callan comes into the frame after timing a 2y bred by Ali McLeod to pot 2nd Club. Mr & Mrs Golly & Linda Peirson, Tubby Purver, Evo & Frankie Rowland notched up 3rd and 5th Club with a 2y and a yearling who took 6th Club Ypres, 5th Club, 23rd Fed Chelmsford (2) beaten by three loftmates that won 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 1st, 2nd and 22nd Fed.
Onto Skelton Green 6/127 where the loft of Bill Chapman, sons Steve & Colin and the late Tommy Swinburne were the clear winner after timing a yearling blue Wildemeersch hen recording a top vel of 1973 to win 1st Club, 14th Fed. Bill, Colin & Steve also clocked a 3y chequer Soontjen hen to chalk up 3rd Club and round off a notable performance. The lads hard work has paid off for them this week, which is always good to see. The inform partnership of Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and loft helper Trevor Mitchell had no less than four of their squad on the clock to lift 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club with the blue card going to a 1y Syndicate Lofts Drum lines x Van Loon chequer cock, this is the cocks third 2nd Club this season. The lads other three timers were yearlings flown on the widowhood system with the first one a cock and the other two hens.
The loft of Kevin & Merv Brown & Sacker “Bill” Cole have hit winning form with the lads timing a couple of birds to win 1st and 5th Club at the Brotton 6 Bird Club 6/36, to record their second straight win. With the red card winning 3y chequer Van Osch x Veenstra hen knocking out a vel of 1965 to net 16th Fed. Kevin, his father Merv and Sacker's second timer was a 2y chequer Freddie Vandenheed hen to round off a notable performance. Mr & Mrs Golly “Graham” & Linda Peirson, Tubby “Graham” Purver, Evo “Ian” Everington & Frankie Rowland are in 2nd spot with the blue card going to a 2018 bred blue Don Gudgeon x Evo cock, W & S Ward pots the yellow with Bill and grand/son's Shaun's yellow card lifter being a Leo Heremans the previous winner of 1st Club Brotton H/S and 1st Club in the Brotton 6 Bird Club plus other minor positions. My old mate Vic Garbutt, the late Brian “Rusty” Stone & Brian “Mac” McCormick have moved up a gear after timing two of their six entries to pocket 3rd and 6th Club, with a yearling blue flipey cock and a 2018 bred chequer cock.
Tony Hunt recorded his second win of the season at Marske & New Marske 3/40 after filling a couple of chambers to win a very nice 1st and 2nd Club, 25th and 36th Fed. With both the red and blue card winner being 2016 bred Seppers/Van Gompel blue widowhood cocks, with the winner scoring numerous positions through his racing years, while the blue card potting cock is the previous winner of 1st Club, 11th Fed Peterborough in 2017 from a convoy of 1,408 birds and 1st Club, 12th Fed Oakham (4) in 2018 when there were 660 birds away. Tony has done very well since he introduced the Seppers/Van Gompel with the lad winning a number of races and also scoring numerous positions. If Jimmy Reed has not won then is is never far away, this week Jimmy had a couple of his entries on the clock to lift 3rd and 4th Club. With the green card going to a blue 3y Busschaert cock of Jimmy's own family crossed into his Homer & Williams family, the cock is the previous winner of 1st Club, 24th Fed Chelmsford this season. The yellow card was awarded to a chequer Geoff Kirkland hen who already has a 2nd and 3rd Club to her credit.
Moving onto the Teesside Federation where their entry of 276 birds were liberated at at 07.10hrs where Ali “Mac” McLeod of Billingham T U H/S records his third consecutive Fed win and sixth Fed win of the season which does not include his Brighton Fed win. Ali wins 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Club, 1st, 13th, 16th, 20th Fed with his pole position winner being a yearling blue hen achieving a top vel of 2036 which was enough to score a cracking 4th Section 5 from a convoy of 2,988 birds. The dam of Mac's winner is a grand/daughter of the famous “Freddy” of Freddy Vandenheed, while the sire is once again from Mac's number one Koen Minderhoud hen from Mark & Dickie Evans and his number one Gaby cock from T Fowler, who are grand/parents and great/grand/parents to 2 x 1st Up North Combine Gold Medal winners, a 2nd UNC Silver Medal winner and a 3rd UNC Bronze Medal winner and many, many more Club, Fed and Section winners. The children are the backbone of Ali's lofts, which are also responsible for winners for other fanciers. The blue card was awarded to a 2y blue Vandenabeele hen who is the previous winner of 1st Club, 1st Fed Chelmsford (1) last season, with her being out of Ma's 3rd UNC Bronze Medal winner. The hen is potting for the third race running after taking 11th Fed Chelmsford (2) beaten by five loftmates and 3rd Club, 8th Fed, 97th UNC Roye. The green card was netted by his Brighton Federation winner. Just going back to the Roye race, where Ali won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Club, 1st, 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th, 19th Fed, 1st, 70th, 97th, 161st UNC. Ali has asked me to thank everyone on his behalf who has congratulated him on his 1st Up North Combine and Queens Cup Roye winning performance, it really meant a lot to him. Ali also thanks the Vale of Derwent Social Club for sponsoring the Brighton Centenary race.
Paul Gatley, Bob Harrod & son Dale hit the winners' enclosure in great style at Haverton Hill after timing no fewer than five of their birds to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Club out of an entry of 99 birds. With top spot being won by a inform and fancied 3y blue cock racking up a vel of 1942 to win the Club £1 pool netting £41.77 and going onto lift 8th Fed. The red card winning cock is showing some form this season after taking 3rd Club, 15th Fed Oakham (1), 4th Club, 19th Fed Folkestone and 2nd Club, 5th Fed Chelmsford (2). The blue card was chalked up by a yearling blue cock doing 1931 for 10th Fed; with the cock being the previous scorer of 5th Club, 15th Fed Ypres. The green card was awarded to a 2016 bred chequer hen making 1923 to pocket 11th Fed; the hen was in the clock out of Chelmsford (2) when she took 3rd Club, 8th Fed. The lads fourth timer was a 2y blue hen who was 5th Club, 9th Fed Roye, this week with a vel of 1911 the hen claims 14th Fed. Fifth on the clock for Paul, Bob & Dale was a fancied 1y blue cock on 1903 to lift 14th Fed and wins the Fed Nom to round off a very good day for the lads. The loft of Andrew “Jappa” Appleton & Paul Longstaff had a trio of birds on the clock to pot 4th Club, 12th, 18th and 19th Fed on 1923, 1900, 1899; with the yellow card going to a 2y blue Ali McLeod hen who is the previous winner of 1st Club, 1st Fed, 1st Section and 3rd Up North Combine Burbure (1) in 2018 winning a Combine Bronze Medal from a convoy of 10,633 birds.
With that I will sign off for another week. Any news to Good Corn 6 Boulby Drive Loftus Saltburn Cleveland TS13 4JN. Tel: 01287 643624 or Email [email protected]
1. Tony Hunt of Marske & New Marske winning 1st and 2nd Club, 25th and 36th Fed Huntingdon (1)
2. Charlie Featherston with Eion Richardson the scorer of 10th Fed Brighton Centenary race.
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