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Last Saturday Shaun and Barry Cooke continued their ‘Red Hot’ start to the season with a 1st and 2nd in the Llay Club from Wincanton against 286 birds finishing a very creditable 4th and 5th Wrexham Fed against 1680 birds.

Bothe birds dropped on the same yard and decimal with the first bird being a hen from a son of Golan paired to Gold Dust Woman. Dam is a daughter of Steel Drum (Mario x Simply Perfect …Drum x Agent Starling).

This hen Gold Dust Woman is creating quite a CV for herself in very quick time for fanciers all over the UK.

Gold Dust Woman bred by Koen Minderhoud from his renowned Champion Geelooger…she is producing some top winning offspring from the start…

Sire of Shaun and Barry’s winner was from Golan one of our principle sons of The Young Couple and fortunately he is still fertile for us at 15 years of age.


Second bird for Shaun and Barry is a hen bred from one of their original old Gaby Vandenabeele bloodlines. Another line of pigeon down through Kleinen that has stood the test of time. Fashions come and fashions go but great winning classic families are developed over many years of testing in the best races. Its the only way.

Dam of their second bird was bred from ‘Son Favoriet’ bred by Cor de Heijde the famous marathon flier direct from his super pigeon ‘Favoriet’ when the ‘Son Favoriet’ was coupled to ‘Athena’s Best’ a direct daughter of the world renowned ‘Athena’ of Rik Hermans. This is another bird that could do with some classic or National racing from above 350 miles.

Athena a fantastic racing hen from a superb origin that has now developed into a world class breeder.   Just a truly great bloodline.