The second young bird race of the year was another Area Liberation, birds were released in Tullamore at 9am on Friday 25th July, one day earlier than planned due to a bad weather forecast for Saturday.
The Coleraine & Ballymoney lofts dominated the NIPA result with Diamond Bros of Coleraine Premier taking 1st & 2nd followed by two birds for D Coyles & Son, the winning velocity was 1426.
NIPA Sect B & Part A Tullamore 126/3349 – Diamond Bros Coleraine Prem 1426, Diamond Bros 1426, D Coyles & Son Coleraine Prem 1411, D Coyles & Son 1411, D Dixon Ballymoney 1406, Diamond Bros 1391, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1380, T & J McDonald 1379, Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1375, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1375, Diamond Bros 1372, R McCann Windsor Soc 1370, D Devenney Ballymoney 1368, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1368, Young McManus & Sons 1368, T & J McDonald 1367, Hanson & Harpur 1367, Young McManus & Sons 1366, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1366, J & M Milliken 1366.
The second young bird race like the first was an Area Liberation, because of the weather the race marking was brought forward to Thursday and local birds released in Tullamore on Friday 25th July.
Once again we were first away at 9am in a Lt SE wind and early birds made good time. There were many gaps in arrivals but over the day most birds made it to home lofts.
The East in the wind pushed the birds out to the other side of the lough and birds in that area done well, the top velocity was recorded in Coleraine by Diamond Bros doing 1426 and Danny Dixon from Dunloy was best in the Mid Antrim Combine.
He timed a direct Van de Brande Blue cock recording velocity 1406. Next best Young McManus & Sons of Ahoghill had the Card of the Day, six birds well placed.
Bertie Blair was best in Ballymena for the second week running, the local lofts had the top places in the NIPA race from Mullingar last week.
Mid Antrim Combine Tullamore 74/2059 – D Dixon Rasharkin 1406, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1368, Young McManus & Sons 1368, Young McManus & Sons 1366, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1366, J & M Milliken 1366, A Darragh Cullybackey 1366, A Darragh 1361, Young McManus & Sons 1361, Young McManus & Sons 1360, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1354, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1352, Blair & Rankin 1352, Young McManus & Sons 1350, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1349, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1348, Scott & Clements Kells 1347, T Kaczynski 1339, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1339, A McBride Harryville 1337, T Kaczynski 1337, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1332, Percy Son & Murphy Randalstown 1329, D Dixon 1327.