Of the three races from France the Friendship Nat was last and it has probably been the best of the lot with 150 birds recorded at tea time on the second day of the three day event and all prizes filled.
Race marking was early morning on the Tuesday due to the fact the Kings Cup birds had been released that day and fanciers would be waiting on arrivals. Liberation was Friday 8th July at 6.30am in a Lt West NW wind, 246 members sent 1,134 birds. Overall winner was Rev Sawyers & Son from Banbridge and best in the local Muckamore Centre was Calderwood & Waite of Shankill & Dist two birds close together to finish 2nd & 8th Open INFC. L & S O’Neill & Sons of Larne & Dist timed at 6.58pm for best bird in East Antrim and D & J Thompson of Muckamore timed at 8.19pm.
In the Borough of Ballymena, Alan Darragh had two birds on the day of the six birds in Muckamore Centre and four more on the second day for a super result.
Danny Dixon from Dunloy was best in the MAC at 5.03pm second day flying 493 miles. The Darragh first bird was a 3 year old Blue cock in the prizes from St Malo last year, all the best Swallow Brae breeding. He had just been paired up and was waiting on his second egg. Alan Darragh is a former Kings Cup winner and has won the Friendship Nat twice, from Fourgeres in 2002 and Portland in 2006.
Muckamore Centre Quimper – Calderwood & Waite Shankill 1147, L & S O’Neill & Sons Larne & Dist 1124, Calderwood & Waite 1099, A Darragh Cullybackey 1093, D J Thompson Muckamore 894, A Darragh 847, A Darragh 731, J Scott Crumlin 723, K Carolan Coalisland 717, Speirs & Campbell Cookstown 681, A Thompson Ballyclare 671, R Duddy Ballyclare 669, V Montgomery Kingsmoss 660, A Darragh 566, F Simpson Doagh & Dist 564, B Morgan Coalisland 559, A Darragh 558, McConville Bros Crumlin 557, D Dixon Rasharkin 509, A Darragh 503.
Borough of Ballymena Quimper - A Darragh Cullybackey 1093, A Darragh 847, A Darragh 731, A Darragh 566, A Darragh 558, D Dixon Rasharkin & Dist 509, A Darragh 503.
Clubs will soon be collecting the £10 entries for the YB Gold Ring Races which will be NIPA Talbenny and INFC Skibbereen. Four rings maximum per loft for the member clubs in Mid Antrim Combine.