Maurice wins £1,000 in big race

MAURICE Wilkinson of the Wilton Cross HPS has netted himself around £1,000 after topping the NIPA in the premier race of the old bird season.

His two year old hen was two yards ahead of A. McAteer and son, Newry, having flown from St Malo, France, a distance of 448 miles.

The hen was sitting 14 days having flown Roscarbery Nat, the Skibbereen Nat and the five bird Fermoy.

Sire is a grandson of Maurice’s King’s Cup winner ‘Mowo’ and dam an Eddie McKnight and Ron Williamson cross.

Wilton Cross, St Malo, M. Wilkinson, 1455, T. Fitzpatrick, 1184, M. Wilkinson, 1061, Cooper and McGrath, 1028, S. Loughran and son, 1004, G. Douglas, 927.

Wilton Cross, Penzance Classic, C. and J. Ferris, 1354, G. Douglas, 1333, C. and J. Ferris, 1223, G. Douglas, 1197, C. and J. Ferris, 1191, G. Douglas, 1184, D. Carville and son, 1174, McCarron Bros, 1168, Toland and Lynch, 1162, S. Loughran and son, 1124, M. Wilkinson, 1092, Cooper and McGrath, 1061.

Penzance, C. and J. Ferris, 1354 abcd, G. Douglas, 1333, C. and J. Ferris, 1223, G. Douglas, 1197, C. and J. Ferris, 1191, G. Douglas, 1184 nom, D. Carville and son, 1174, McCarron Bros, 1168, Toland and Lynch, 1162, S. Loughran and son, 1124, M. Wilkinson, 1092, Cooper and McGrath, 1061.

The £50 nom in the Penzance race and Penzance Classic was won by K. Henderson, Lurgan Social, ring no. GB09L00243, vel 1380.

The £50 nom in the St Malo OB National was won by M. Wilkinson, Wilton cross, ring no. GB10X20438, vel 1455.

Meanwhile in Corcreeny and District the McMullen partnership was a good winner with a Red Ash cock which also won First Talbenny and has flown all four channel races.

It was backed up by two other loft mates in the prize list.

Corcreeney, Penzance Classic, G. S. McMullen, 1358, 1294, M. McDonald, 1211, R. Adamson, 1191, G. S. McMullen, 1188, S. S. Cairns, 1187, G. S. McMullen, 1173, R. Adamson, 1162.

Lurgan Social, Ppenzance Classic, Kevin Henderson, 1380, J. Douglas and son, 1320, B. McNeice and son, 1236, D. and B. Lyness, 1224, B. McNeice and son, 1221, 1217.

Kevin Henderson was third open in the Classic.

Penzance, Kevin Henderson, 1380, J. Douglas and son, 1320, Sean Curran, 1310, B. McNeice and son, 1236, D. and B. Lyness, 1224, B. McNeice and son, 1221.

St Malo Old Bird National, Kevin Henderson, 1351, J. Douglas and son, B. McNeice and son.

Lurgan Amateur, St Malo, B. Carson and son, 941.

Gilford and District RPS, Penzance, T. Greenaway, 1338, 1294, C. and R. Moffett, 1267, A. Fitzpatrick and A. Hyde, 1173, P. Hoy and son, 1167, 1115, C. and R. Moffett, 1113, 1098, T. Greenaway, 1094, J. and D. Breen, 1041.

Gilford, St Malo, J. and D. Breen, 1182, Adamson and Anderson, 1111, D. Campbell.

Beechpark Social RPS, St Malo, S. and J. McCullough, 1302, G. McEvoy, 1293, S. and J. McCullough, 1252, R. Bothwell, 1050, B. Carson and son, 941, C. Reynolds, 611, Dando and Bennett, 604, D. Mawhinney and son, 560.

Two bird club, S. and J. McCullough, 1302, G. McEvoy, 1293, S. and J. McCullough, 1252.

Northern Ireland Middle Route: The 2012 young bird race programme will operate on the following dates: July 21 (Mullingar); July 28 (Tullamore); August 4 (Roscrea); August 11 (Clonmel); August 18 (Clonmel); August 25 (Mallow); September 1 (Rosscarberry). Marking will take place each Friday and Tuesday from July 20 between 7-10 o’clock at the Northern Ireland Middle Route centre (58 Kinnego Road, Loughgall). Carriage: 25 pence per bird; trainers: 25 pence per bird; midweek races: 25 pence per bird. All fanciers welcome and for further information contact 07895874504.