Pigeons update: Rasharkin duo flying high

In the first big race of the old bird season from Rosscarbery in County Cork, the NIPA delayed the race marking until Saturday and ended up with a fantastic race on Sunday following liberation at 10.00am in an Easterly wind with sunshine right through to Fermoy.

Best bird locally was in Rasharkin where Steele & McNeill timed a Blue cock on widowhood at 16.47hrs to record velocity 1565 for the 255 miles. The loft will finish 1st in the Mid Antrim Combine and are looking good to take 1st NIPA Sect B.

The best bloodlines from Danny Dixon, Lambrects on one side and Verschelde that the partners have done well with before. The sire had won four races including Combine & Sect from Rosscarbery and his nest-mate also won 4 x 1sts. The loft are racing just 10 cocks on widowhood and look like having a smashing weekend having timed early as well from Roscrea.

Mid Antrim Combine Rosscarbery 68/547 - Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1565, Mrs M Smyth Kells 1543, G & A Eagleson Ballymena 1525, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1518, Scott & Clements Kells 1518, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1517, D Dixon Rasharkin 1515, W & J Smyth 1515, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1511, S Steele Cullybackey 1508, T M Morrow Kells 1505, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1505, D Dixon 1505, D Dixon 1500, H Boyd Kells 1500, Mrs M Smyth 1499, Young McManus & Sons 1497, B O’Rawe Ballymena 1495, Wray & McFadden Harryville 1495, Young McManus & Sons 1493, W & J Smyth 1493, W McFetridge 1493, J & J Greer Cullybackey 1492, T & M Morrow 1492, Young McManus & Sons 1491, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1490, Steele & McNeill 1489, K & K Kernohan Harryville 1487, A C & T Tweed Rasharkin 1487, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1486.

NIPA Sect B Clubs

Ballymoney HPS 15/150 – J Connolly 1558, D & H Stuart 1553, A Wilson 1550, J Hutchinson & Son 1542, D Dixon 1515, J Connolly 1510, D & H Stuart 1509, A & M Boyle 1508, 1507, D Dixon 1505. John Connolly leads the way from Rosscarbery, his winner is a three year old Blue Pied cock racing on widowhood. The dam is a Corbett Busschaert and the sire is his good Cheq cock that won 3rd Open pen in the INFC Yearling National.

Ballymoney West Combine 6/53 – J Hutchinson & Son 1542, J McDowell & Sons 1489, D Laverty 1476, L Neill 1427, Curry & Gilmore 1401, Brown & Stewart 1317.

Dervock RPS 6/62 – D & H Stuart 1553, J Hutchinson & Son 1542, D & H Stuart 1509, A & M Boyle 1508, 1507, D & G McMullan 1498, R McIntyre 1497, A & M Boyle 1493, D & H Stuart 1491, 1489.

Cullybackey 9/106 – S Steele 1508, J & J Greer 1492, Reid Bros & McCloy 1490, S Steele 1484, Des Robinson 1460, S Steele 1457, 1451, J & J Greer 1451, S Steele 1451, H & R McCloy 1449.

Rasharkin & District 7/46 – Steele & McNeill 1565, W McFetridge 1493, Steele & McNeill 1489, A C & T Tweed 1487, 1461, H Cubitt 1448, J & M Milliken 1448, Milliken & Barkley 1446. Steele & McNeill win with a Blue widowhood cock bred from stock from good friend Danny Dixon. Nom: W McFetridge. D Dixon: 1515.722, 1505.050, 1500.954.

Best into Coleraine from the Rosscarbery OB Nat was T & J McDonald, recording velocity 1541 they have 1st Coleraine Premier and 1st Coleraine Triangle. They are followed by club-mates Diamond Bros and Paul O’Connor. Terence McCrudden had the top four in the County Derry with the winner doing velocity 1529 and R & J Parke have 1st Windsor Social (1527).

Coleraine Triangle - T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1541, Diamond Bros Coleraine Prem 1540, P O’Connor Coleraine Prem 1538, T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1529, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1529, J L Madden 1528, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1527, Diamond Bros 1519, J L Madden 1513, T McCrudden 1512, P O’Connor 1508, Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1505.

NIPA Sect A Clubs

Coleraine Premier – T & J McDonald 1541, Diamond Bros 1540, P O’Connor 1538, J L Madden 1529, 1528, Diamond Bros 1519, J L Madden 1513, P O’Connor 1508, Hanson & Harpur 1505, Diamond Bros 1505.

Coleraine & County Derry – T McCrudden 1529, 1512, 1497, 1497.

Castledawson 5/44 – M Lynn 1492, T Leacock & Son 1487, 1483, 1476, M Lynn 1454, T Leacock & Son 1443.

Windsor Social 7/39 – R & J Parke 1527, Horner & Scott 1502, G Donaghy Son & Grandson 1494, 1467. Roy and Jason win all the Pools & DTW, one from A & M Boyle (Ballymoney), the best of their Van Elsacker bloodlines.

Limavady 7/30 – R Witherow 1439, W McIlmoyle 1439, R Witherow 1408, J McCool 1367, R Witherow 1337, R McIlmoyle 1328.