FOR the second week, the best bird into Coleraine was timed by the ace racers Diamond Bros of the Coleraine Premier recording velocity 1740. Next best was Kenny Glass with another 1st Windsor Social (1703), Jimmy Hanson was well placed again and A McCorriston & Son had 1st Coleraine & County Derry (1696). The race from Clonmel was the fifth of the young bird season.
Coleraine Triangle Clonmel – Diamond Bros Coleraine Prem 1740, K Glass Windsor Soc 1703, Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1702, Diamond Bros 1702, Hanson & Harpur 1701, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1701, Diamond Bros 1697, A McCorriston & Son County Derry 1696, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1694, D Tosh County Derry 1694, D Tosh 1692, R & J Parke 1690, T & J McDonald 1690, Hanson & Harpur 1688, T McCrudden County Derry 1687, S Thompson County Derry 1686, Hanson & Harpur 1680, D Coyles & Son Coleraine Prem 1665.
NIPA Sect A Clubs
Coleraine Premier 15/359 – Diamond Bros 1740, Hanson & Harpur 1702, Diamond Bros 1702, Hanson & Harpur 1701, T & J McDonald 1701, Diamond Bros 1697, T & J McDonald 1690, Hanson & Harpur 1688, 1680, D Coyles & Son 1665.
Coleraine & County Derry – A McCorriston & Son 1696, D Tosh 1694, 1692, T McCrudden 1687, S Thompson 1686, D Dysart 1634. Sammy Thompson lifts the pools.
Castledawson 5/87 – S McFlynn 1565, 1547, M McErlean 1527, 1525, 1464, 1464.
Windsor Social 6/99 – K Glass 1703, R & J Parke 1694, 1690, 1661, K Glass 1657, Horner & Scott 1652.
Limavady 8/118 – R Witherow 1668, 1599, 1594, 1562, 1561, J McCool 1529.
Steele & McNeill (Rasharkin) – 1st & 2nd Comb & Sect from Clonmel
The NIPA released in Clonmel last Saturday at 11.00am in a helping SW wind for the fifth race of what has been a difficult young bird season, birds were missing again despite racing on what was the best day of the year. Steele & McNeill of the Rasharkin & Dist had the best two birds of the day and win their 8 x 1sts in 2012, in the old birds they had 2 x 1st MAC & Sect B on the same day and look like winning 1st Comb & Sect again. This latest winner was the best of the Hartog bloodlines, the dam supplied by Danny Dixon and the sire bred by club-mate Davy Mairs had already won 1st Comb & 1st Sect plus 3rd Open NIPA from Roscrea with 13,600 birds competing. They timed the two birds at 14.02hrs to record velocity 1788 for the 185 miles.
Mid Antrim Combine Clonmel 93/2,101- Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1788, Steele & McNeill 1788, W McFetridge Rasharkin 1778, Milliken & Barkley Rasharkin 1759, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1759, B Swann & Son Kells 1755, J Rock Harryville 1742, M/M M Sempey 1741, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1740, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1738, D Dixon Rasharkin 1735, D Dixon 1735, G McDowell Kells 1730, R H Clements Harryville 1729, MDC Magill New Antrim 1726, J Millar & Son Harryville 1726, Blair & Rankin 1725, Blair & Rankin 1723, McFall & McManus New Antrim 1721, A McBride Harryville 1718, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1717, Steele & McNeill 1714, Scott & Clements Kells 1713, Milliken & Barkley 1712, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1711, Surgenor Bros Kells 1710, D & H Kirkpatrick Cullybackey 1710, Reid Bros & McCloy 1709, J Ramsey Harryville 1707, Steele & McNeill 1707.
NIPA Sect B Clubs
Ballymena & Dist 17/333 – M/M M Sempey 1759, 1741, Blair & Rankin 1738, 1725, 1723, W & J Smyth 1717, Blair & Rankin 1704, B O’Rawe 1696, J Harris 1682, B O’Rawe 1678.
Ballykeel Inv – M/M M Sempey 1759, 1741, 1669, 1669, J W Reynolds 1614, Magowan & Maternaghan 1581.
Ballymoney 17/433 – J Connolly 1742, 1741, A & M Boyle 1737, D Dixon 1735, 1735, A & M Boyle 1734, J Hutchinson & Son 1693, 1693, G Wilson 1689, J McDowell & Sons 1684. John Connolly shows them the way home from Clonmel. His winning Blue hen was doing velocity 1742 for the 200 miles. Sire was bred by A & R McAuley and the dam was bred by D & H Stuart.
Ballymoney West Combine 8/186 – J Hutchinson & Son 1693, J McDowell & Sons 1684, Brown & Stewart 1680, R J Elliott 1509, W Blair 1502, Curry & Gilmore 1459, L Neill 1422.
Dervock RPS 5/138 – A & M Boyle 1737, 1734, J Hutchinson & Son 1693, 1693, W & L McCaw 1677, 1675, R McIntyre 1642, 1554, D & G McMullan 1544, 1465. Rasharkin & District 8/196 – Steele & McNeill 1788, 1788, W McFetridge 1778, Milliken & Barkley 1759, 1712, H Cubitt 1695, J & D Surgenor 1683, H Cubitt 1640. Danny Dixon – 1735, 1735. First and second club, 1st and second Mid Antrim Combine goes to Steele and McNeill. Sire of the winner a Hartog from Davy Mairs won 3rd Open, 1st Mid Antrim and 1st Section B this season from Roscrea, the dam was a Hartog from Danny Dixon. The runner up is Lambrechts, again this one from Danny Dixon. Willie McFetridge takes 3rd Club and third Mid Antrim Combine with a Van Loon. Nom: W McFetridge.
Cullybackey Centre – The race marking arrangements for the Talbenny YB National are as follows. Race entry fees etc will be collected at Cullybackey on Wednesday 29th August between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. The birds will be race marked on the Thursday between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, clocks will be set after the transporter leaves on Thursday. Weather permitting the Premier YB Nat will be flown from Talbenny in South Wales on Saturday 1st September.