Milliken loft continues great early-season form

Paddy McManus (l) with NIPA Chairman Alan Darragh.
Paddy McManus (l) with NIPA Chairman Alan Darragh.

Mid Antrim Combine birds were in Fermoy for the fourth race of the old bird season, liberation was at 9.15am in a Lt Westerly wind.

Rasharkin lofts dominated the result with J & M Milliken winning 1st MAC & 3rd Sect B with their good Lambrecht cock racing widowhood. He was timed at 13.07hrs flying 208 miles and was winning for the 4th time.

Stewart Bros had the top three in Randalstown winning for the second week and nothing stopping Paddy McManus who had the Card of the Day in Ahoghill Flying Club. Paddy has won all four races and his dad has done the same in New Antrim Amalgamated.

Mid Antrim Combine Fermoy (1) – J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1577, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1573, A C & T Tweed Rasharkin 1569, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1562, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1554, Stewart Bros 1553, J & M Milliken 1552, J & D Surgenor Rasharkin 1550, J & M Milliken 1547, J & D Surgenor 1543, D Dixon Rasharkin 1540, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1539, W McFetridge Rasharkin 1536, Young McManus & Sons 1534, Young McManus & Sons 1534.

Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Fermoy

Randalstown HPS 9/294 – Stewart Bros 1554, 1553, 1529, Percy Son & Murphy 1513, 1501, 1499, F & G & J Dickey 1484, Houston Bros 1478, F & G & J Dickey 1476, W & W Gilbert 1468.

Ahoghill Flying Club 13/411 – Young McManus & Sons 1539, 1534, 1534, 1533, 1528, 1527, 1524, C Moore 1508, M/M Robinson 1504, J Balmer 1503. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – J Balmer 1503, A & N Young 1485.

Ballymena & District 17/454 – Blair & Rankin 1530, McFall & McManus 1523, J Eagleson & Sons 1520, McFall & McManus 1518, J Eagleson & Sons 1513, McFall & McManus 1513, J Eagleson & Sons 1511, 1508, Blair & Rankin 1508, W & J Smyth 1507. This week Ballymena & District HPS was won by Blair & Rankin with a velocity of 1530.

Show special was won by McFall & McManus for a fourth consecutive week. Thoughts are with life member George Barr at the present time in the Royal Victoria Hospital, get well soon.

New Antrim Amalgamated – McFall & McManus 1523, 1518, 1513, 1492, 1482, 1468, 1468, K Wilkinson & Son 1457, R McFall & Son 1450, 1430. Borough of Ballymena – Arrangements at Cullybackey Centre for Rosscarbery OB Inland Nat due to be flown on Saturday 14th May. Entry fees etc. will be collected in Cullybackey Clubrooms on Wednesday 11th May between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Race marking in Cullybackey on Friday 13th May from 14.00hrs until 16.30hrs.