Top result for Bertie in opening young bird race

Bertie Blair.
Bertie Blair.

The opening race of the young bird season was delayed birds were held over on Saturday due to the weather conditions.

They were subsequently released in Mullingar on Sunday at 10.30am in a helping SW wind.

The first two races are Area Liberations and more members than usual gave the race a miss some not being ready and others concerned about the weather. Bertie Blair had the top three in Ballymena & District and was best in Mid Antrim, his Cheq Pied cock was timed at 12.27pm to record velocity 1527 for the 102 miles into Chichester Park.

Next best doing velocity 1525 was Lexi Mullan of Harryville his Cheq cock was a Herman Ceuster. Scott & Clements had the top two places in their first race in Broughshane.

Mid Antrim Combine Mullingar 54/1425 – Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1527, L Mullan Harryville 1525, Scott & Clements Broughshane 1523, Scott & Clements 1522, Mrs M Smyth Broughshane 1517, Blair & Rankin 1516, Blair & Rankin 1515, A McBride Harryville 1486, D Craig Harryville 1486, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1481, L Mullan 1472, D Craig 1471, D Craig 1470, D Craig 1470, Percy Son & Murphy Randalstown 1463, G Bell Ballymena 1463, Percy Son & Murphy 1461, Percy Son & Murphy 1460, F G & J Dickey Randalstown 1456, H Boyd Randalstown 1455, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1453, J & D Surgenor Rasharkin 1452, J & D Surgenor 1450, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1449.

Mid Antrim Clubs Mullingar

Ballymena & District 6/107 – Blair & Rankin 1527, 1516, 1515, G Bell 1463, 1445, M/M Sempey 1442, G Bell 1433, M/M Sempey 1432, McFall & McManus 1426, W & J Smyth 1426.

Harryville HPS 8/154 – L Mullan 1525, A McBride 1486, D Craig 1486, L Mullan 1472, D Craig 1471, 1470, 1470, A McBride 1440, 1440, T Johnston & Son 1425.

Broughshane & District 6/108 – Scott & Clements 1523, 1522, Mrs M Smyth 1517, 1435, D Houston & Son 1402, 1397.

Randalstown HPS 7/236 – Percy Son & Murphy 1463, 1461, 1460, F & G & J Dickey 1456, H Boyd 1455, Stewart Bros 1449, 1445, 1431, D Logan & Son 1425, 1423.

Cullybackey HPS 9/371 – Reid Bros & McCloy 1453, A Darragh 1442, 1442, W Scott 1436, Gibson & Dickey 1433, W Scott 1430, Gibson & Dickey 1424, Reid Bros & McCloy 1417, D Robinson 1414, S Steele 1393.

Ahoghill Flying Club 7/161 – D Lowry 1431, J Smyth & Son 1399, 1394, J Orr & Son 1378, T & G Balmer 1374, 1374, J Orr & Son 1367, 1361, J Smyth & Son 1344, T & G Balmer 1344.

Kells & District 3/55 – Tully Lofts 1421, 1421, 1421, 1420, J Millar & Son 1415, 1414, 1387, 1382. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – Tully Lofts 1421, J Millar & Son 1387, 1382.