Fantastic day for Dixon as he is first on the card in 1st Antrim Combine

THERE was more local success on the pigeon front in recent days.

Ballymoney & Coleraine Update – At the weekend the NIPA birds were in Mallow in Co Cork, the race was brought forward to the Friday due to a poor weekend forecast especially for the Saturday. Hanson & Harpur of the Coleraine Premier were best in the Coleraine Triangle on velocity 1118, and Danny Dixon of Ballymoney had a fantastic card that included 1st in the Mid Antrim Combine on 1182.

Coleraine Triangle Mallow - Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1118, Hanson & Harpur 1106, Hanson & Harpur 1060, Hanson & Harpur 1057, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1056, Hanson & Harpur 1056, Hanson & Harpur 1042, T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1039, Hanson & Harpur 1039, T McCrudden 1038, R McAlary Coleraine Prem 1033, T & J McDonald 1030, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1028.

Coleraine Premier HPS – Hanson & Harpur 1118, 1106, 1060, 1057, T & J McDonald 1056, Hanson & Harpur 1056, 1042, 1039, R McAlary 1033, T & J McDonald 1030.

Ballymoney HPS 10/152 – D Dixon 1182, 1182, J Hutchinson & Son 1147, 1147, D & H Stuart 1111, J Connolly 1072, 1047, D & H Stuart 935, R McIntyre 905, L Neill 865.

Ballymoney West Combine 4/51 – J Hutchinson & Son 1147, L Neill 865.

Dervock RPS 4/58 – J Hutchinson & Son 1147, 1147, D & H Stuart 1111, 935, R McIntyre 905.

Rasharkin & District 7/129 –Steele & McNeill 1125, 1084, A C & T Tweed 1041, 1030, H Cubitt 1012, 995, T Kaczynski 980. Steele & McNeill take the Red Card with one of their Lambrechts. Race sponsored by Stevenson’s Mace, Kilrea. Danny Dixon:1182.604, 1182.242, 1169.799, 1164.229, 1163.704, 1149.252, 1149.196, 1148.969, 1148.798, 1144.496, 1144.384, 1144.158.

Mid Antrim Combine Mallow 68/955 – D Dixon Rasharkin 1182, D Dixon 1182, S Millar Randalstown 1179, D Dixon 1169, D Dixon 1164, D Dixon 1163, S Steele Cullybackey 1150, D Dixon 1149, D Dixon 1149, D Dixon 1148, D Dixon 1148, Surgenor Bros Kells 1146, T Johnston & Son Harryville 1145, S Millar 1144, D Dixon 1144, D Dixon 1144, D Dixon 1144, S Millar 1142, S Millar 1140, A Darragh Cullybackey 1136, S Steele 1134, Surgenor Bros 1133, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1133, G McDowell Kells 1132.

The penultimate race of the NIPA season was flown from Mallow, the race point was changed because of problems on the previous occasion at Fermoy. Due to a poor weekend weather forecast the race was also brought forward, birds race marked on Thursday and released on Friday 6th September at 10.30am in a North wind. It was as expected the hardest race to date, a number of birds missing at the clock checking but most have turned up. Some lofts made it look easy, best loft locally was Danny Dixon who races into Dunloy, he had 12 birds in the Top 20 including 1st MAC on velocity 1182 with just short of 1,000 birds competing. Next best Simon Millar had the Card of the Day in Randalstown, the Top 10 for the second week. Sammy Steele wins Cullybackey four in a row and Trevor Johnston & Son 1st Harryville (1145) have the best bird in Ballymena, a best ever young bird season for this loft racing to the Doury Road.

North Coast Classic One Loft Race -

The final race of the highly successful North Coast Classic One Loft Race based in Coleraine was flown on Sunday 8th September with liberation in Rosscarbery at 8.35am in helping conditions. Birds were expected to romp home and that’s exactly how it turned out making the home loft just over five hours for the 265 miles from Rosscarbery in County Cork. Hot Spot races had been held over the previous six Sunday’s from Monaghan (1), Monaghan (2), Mullingar, Tullamore, Thurles and Clonmel. Race winners who collected their winning cheque for £12,000 from Mr Sean Diamond were the popular Cookstown Sizzlers a partnership of ace racers Glen Smith and Karl Murphy who can race with success everywhere they go. Almost 300 birds had been recorded by tea time before the presentation was held at night in the local Lodge Hotel going on until the wee small hours. The birds that returned will be sold in a series of sales to be held over the winter months.

Result North Coast Classic Rosscarbery – 1st Cookstown Sizzlers, 2nd Sun City Kid, 3rd Damien Farrell, 4th Ron Fewings, 5th P Carroll, 6th Ballylou Boys, 7th MeErlean Son & Larkin, 8th O’Bars, 9th W Neill & Sons winners in 2012, 10th Shalimar Lofts.

Penzance Young Bird National -

Mid Antrim Update – The Blue Riband YB Nat was flown on Wednesday 4th September, some 2,600 birds from across Ireland were liberated in Penzance at 8.45am in a helping SE wind. The Mid Antrim area done very well and what a result for William McFetridge of Rasharkin & Dist two birds sent and both timed inside 15 minutes. The first bird at 15.31hrs recorded velocity 1456 for the 336 miles to finish 1st MAC and the second bird finished 3rd MAC. At time of writing the McFetridge loft is placed 5th Open INFC. Reid Bros & McCloy had 1st Cullybackey HPS (1445) and we had a very close finish in Ballymena & Dist, 1st Blair & Rankin (1411) a yard ahead of Mr & Mrs Sempey.

Mid Antrim Combine Penzance YB Nat - W McFetridge Rasharkin 1456, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1445, W McFetridge 1412, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1411, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1410, A Darragh Cullybackey 1409, D Dixon Rasharkin 1396, D Dixon 1380, Reid Bros & McCloy 1371, M Graham Ballymena 1360, D Dixon 1352, J Smyth & Son Ahoghill 1345, MDC Magill Ballymena 1343, D Dixon 1335, D Dixon 1332, D Craig Ballymena 1318, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1306, D Dixon 1303, W Scott Cullybackey 1289, Russell Bros Cullybackey 1259, Reid Bros & McCloy 1247, A Darragh 1221, A Darragh 1195, T Johnston & Son Harryville 1179, D Dixon 1177, D Dixon 1167, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1165, A Darragh 1157, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1111, A Darragh 1110.

Mid Antrim Clubs Penzance

Rasharkin & Dist – WMcFetridge 1456, 1412, J & M Milliken 1306, H Cubitt 1111. Danny Dixon – 1396, 1380, 1352, 1335, 1332, 1303, 1177, 1167. William McFetridge wins 1st and 2nd Club,1st and 3rd Mid Antrim Combine and 5th Open in the INFC Young Bird National from Penzance.

Ballymoney HPS 4/41 – D & H Stuart 1476, W & L McCaw 1452, D Dixon 1396, 1380, 1352, 1335, 1332, 1303, W & L McCaw 1273, D Dixon 1177, 1167.

Dervock RPS 3/13 – D & H Stuart 1476, W & L McCaw 1452, 1273. The top two birds finish 3rd & 7th Open INFC.

Ballymena & District HPS 8/29 – Blair & Rankin 1411, M/M M Sempey 1410, M Graham 1360, MDC Magill 1343, D Craig 1318, W & J Smyth 1175, MDC Magill 1175.

Ahoghill Flying Club – J Smyth & Son 1345.

Harryville HPS – T Johnston & Son 1179.