Fancier Brian makes French connection in St Malo race

Brian O'Rawe had his best ever result when he finished 1st Ballymena & Dist from St Malo.
Brian O'Rawe had his best ever result when he finished 1st Ballymena & Dist from St Malo.

Best in Ballymena in the Old Bird Nat was Brian O’Rawe the big NIPA event was flown from St Malo in France last week.

It took place on the Thursday at 7.00am in a Lt Southerly wind having been marked early on Tuesday.

Brian had a best ever result timing his yearling Dark Cheq hen at 6.32pm flying 473 miles to Warden Street in the town. She was flying to the perch and earlier in the INFC Yearling Nat from Sennen Cove scored 3rd Club flying almost 13 hours for vel 751 over the 332 miles.

Many congratulations to Old Hand Hugh Boyd from Randalstown, seven years on the trot he has timed in the OB Nat winning 3 x 1sts and 4 x 2nds with this season best of all. He recorded his bird at 16.35hrs flying 467 miles for velocity 1430. Finishing 1st MAC, 1st Sect & 3rd Open NIPA 434/1477 and collects the Bronze Diploma, last year he finished 7th Comb & Sect plus 46th Open NIPA timing on the second day at 13.13hrs just over 100 birds home.

Scott & Clements had 1st Kells & District at 17.15hrs, J & J Greer former Kings Cup winners 1st Cullybackey at 17.44hrs, William Livingstone 1st Ahoghill for the second year at 17.43hrs.

Mid Antrim Combine St Malo 54/136 – H Boyd Randalstown 1430, Scott & Clements Kells 1342, J & J Greer Cullybackey 1303, W Livingstone Ahoghill 1301, A Darragh Cullybackey 1293, A Darragh 1270, D Dixon Rasharkin 1222, D & H Kirkpatrick Cullybackey 1218, B O’Rawe Ballymena 1204, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1196, M/M Robinson Ahoghill 1162, Gibson & Dickey Cullybackey 1159, T R Alexander & Son Ballymena 1101, W Livingstone 1097, D Dixon 988, N & S Anderson Cullybackey 982, A Darragh 810, M Graham Ballymena 772, G Bell BallymHouston Bros Randalstown 647, A Darragh 644, J Smyth & Son Ahoghill 611, Wray & McFadden Harryville 603, W & J Smyth Ballymena 584.

NIPA Sect B St Malo 78/201 – H Boyd Randalstown 1430, R & J Parke Windsor Soc 1380, Scott & Clements Kells 1342, J & J Greer Cullybackey 1303, W Livingstone Ahoghill 1301, A Darragh Cullybackey 1293, A Darragh 1270, T Fleming Muckamore 1228, D Dixon Ballymoney 1222, D & H Kirkpatrick Cullybackey 1218.

Randalstown HPS 7/19 – H Boyd 1430, Houston Bros 647, W & W Gilbert 562.

Kells & District 5/10 – Scott & Clements 1342, B Swann & Son 562.

Cullybackey HPS 15/47 – J & J Greer 1303, A Darragh 1293, A Darragh 1270, D & H Kirkpatrick 1218, Gibson & Dickey 1159, N & S Anderson 982, A Darragh 810, A Darragh 604, S McKendry 455.

Ahoghill Flying Club 5/14 – W Livingstone 1301, M/M Robinson 1162, W Livingstone 1097, J Smyth & Son 611.

Ballymena & District 13/25 – B O’Rawe 1204, T R Alexander & Son 1101, M Graham 772, G Bell 668, W & J Smyth 584, G Bell 582, Blair & Rankin 581.

Harryville HPS 4/13 – Wray & McFadden 603, Wray & McFadden 555, Wray & McFadden 530.