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McRae: Smart Counter Puncher

August 10, 2014       Gamefowl Circuit
Mcrae Blacks

Smart Counter Puncher

Bloodline History

Mr. William McRae bred his Blacks using a three-way cross of Jack Wactor's Sheldon Black Roundhead, Kent Mug (black mugwump) and 1/8 Blueface Hatch.  McRae Blacks were highly prized in Hawaii.  The McRae Blacks have very good station, are mulberry faced with dark red eyes and ebony legs too.  During his cockfighting days, William had close ties to the Wactor family, being family friends for almost half-a-century.  He was able to get up to 100 baby stags every other year since he began breeding his own blacks.  

Mr. McRae competed in many of the islands' cockfighting derbies, mostly in the long knife, shipping gamefowl everywhere.  McRae was a gamefowl broodstock supplier for well over 3 or 4 decades, selling to the Hawaiian islands and all across the U.S. because of the increasing popularity of long knife cockfights.

The McRaes are heavy on the Black Roundhead bloodline. William McRae was one of the first long-knife men to ship from the States to the Philipines around the time of the Korean war to my knowledge.  William was a legend for delivering a rooster that excelled at the long knife, and McRaes dominated the 60s, 70s and early 80s.  William had a good eye for gamefowl, getting his Blacks the best infusions of Black Roundheads to improve the McRae long knife killers.  

One of the most lethal of today's modern gamefowl, the vertical sweater has Mcrae blood in it. 

The Gilmore McRae is the Red version of the fighting McRae's

Fighting Style

The Black McRae is a very smart fighter which plays by counterpunching rather than initiating contact.  The McRae waits to catch a cock comnit to a charge and as he sees his opponent coming in, he unleashes a very powerful single stroke hit to connect before the other rooster can recover from overextending.

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