Bude race marking delay leads to confusion for local fancy

Best in Ballymena from Bude George Connolly (l) with Chairman Tom McAlonan, 1st Yearling Cocks Nat.
Best in Ballymena from Bude George Connolly (l) with Chairman Tom McAlonan, 1st Yearling Cocks Nat.

Due to a poor weather forecast, race marking for Bude was delayed until Saturday which caused confusion for local clubs.

The reason for this was birds returning from the Yearling Nat Rosscarbery at the same time.

Early birds as usual made good time with Stewart Bros of Randalstown having two arrivals close together to collect 1st & 2nd in MAC and 2nd & 3rd Sect B. The winner recording velocity 1523 finished 21st Open NIPA with just short of 6,000 birds competing. Other winners well placed included Harold Cubitt 1st Rasharkin & Dist (1499), George Connolly best in Ballymena (1498), Jack Millar & Son 1st Kells & Dist (1496), Mr & Mrs Robinson 1st Ahoghill (1493), and Tom Picken 1st Cullybackey (1484).

Mid Antrim Combine Bude 73/659 – Stewart Bros Randalstown 1523, Stewart Bros 1502, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1499, G Connolly Ballymena 1498, J Millar & Son Kells 1496, T Whyte Rasharkin 1495, M/M Robinson Ahoghill 1493, J Smyth & Son Ahoghill 1493, D Dixon Rasharkin 1488, Houston Bros Randalstown 1485, D Dixon 1485, T Picken & Son Cullybackey 1484, Russell Bros Cullybackey 1483, S Bell Kells 1479, W Scott Cullybackey 1478, A Darragh Cullybackey 1475, W & W Gilbert Randalstown 1474, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1473, H & R McCloy Cullybackey 1470, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1469, G Connolly 1467, D Houston & Son Broughshane 1467, D Dixon 1467, W & J Smyth 1464.

Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Bude

Randalstown HPS 8/58 – Stewart Bros 1523, 1502, Houston Bros 1485, W & W Gilbert 1474, Percy Son & Murphy 1448, W & W Gilbert 1430, Houston Bros 1416, H Boyd 1400, W & W Gilbert 1398, Percy Son & Murphy 1393.

Ballymena & District 15/122 – G Connolly 1498, W & J Smyth 1473, G Connolly 1467, W & J Smyth 1464, G Connolly 1453, G Bell 1436, W & J Smyth 1435, G Connolly 1434, Richmond Bros 1431, G Connolly 1411.

Kells & District 9/71 – J Millar & Son 1496, S Bell 1479, 1460, 1450, 1443, J Millar & Son 1435, 1433, T & M Morrow 1423. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – S Bell 1479, 1443, J Millar & Son 1435, T Shanks & Son 1181, Tully Lofts 1064.

Ahoghill Flying Club 11/179 – M/M Robinson 1493, J Smyth & Son 1493, Young McManus & Sons 1469, W Livingstone 1457, D Lowry 1455, Young McManus & Sons 1444, W Livingstone 1440, J Orr & Son 1410, T & G Balmer 1398. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club - M/M Robinson 1493, J Smyth & Son 1493.

Cullybackey HPS 13/92 – T Picken & Son 1484, Russell Bros 1483, W Scott 1478, A Darragh 1475, H & R McCloy 1470, Russell Bros 1464, A Darragh 1441, C McDowell 1428, Russell Bros 1419, D Robinson 1412, S McKendry 1395, C McDowell 1382.

Broughshane & District 3/19 – D Houston & Son 1467, A Purvis 1454, J Simpson 1437, D Houston & Son 1418, J Simpson 1399, D Houston & Son 1387, A Purvis 1346, 1338. Davy has the birds in form, winning the second channel race this year flying 290 miles into Broughshane.

Harryville HPS 6/45 – G Price 1462, R H Clements 1451, J & C Letters 1446, R H Clements 1409, 1405, 1382, J & C Letters 1364, 1356, R H Clements 1330, G Price 1268.