J GILLESPIE & SONS WIN ST.MALO
11th July 2019
The East Down Combine’s Final Old Bird race of the year was the St. Malo Old Bird Derby and again this year this proved a very testing race and as with last year’s race there were only 8 recorded returns in race time . Winning this year was Ballynahinch’s Jim Gillespie & sons with a Yearling Cock . This partnership has been enjoying a great spell of racing especially from the French races for the week after St.Malo they won 5th open in the INFC King’s Cup race from St . Allouestre .
The St.Malo winner of 1st Open 1st West Section of this EDC Old Bird Derby is a dark cheq yearling cock who was racing roundabout and is out of a Davy Coulter cock and a hen bought at Blackpool . This was not this cock’s first time across the water this year and just a couple of weeks before going to St.Malo he had flown the INFC Yearling National from Sennen Cove in Cornwall . Jim Gillespie’s Young birds are not darkened and so get about 4 races as youngsters . As old birds they are loft flown for an hour each day and are fed on a regular mixture only . Very many Congratulations to Jim Gillespie and sons on not only this win but also their King’s Cup result .
The 2nd bird in the result belongs to the Ballylesson partnership of H Ballantyne & son ,Gary having taken over racing from his late father Herbie Ballantyne .
In 3rd place was one of the most consistent EDC Lofts from this race over the last number of years that of the Portavogie Father & son partnership of Jim &Ronnie Young who were last year’s winner s of this race as they were in 2017 and whose record is outstanding over these past 4 years in fact not only these last 4 years but over the last 10 years when they have been in the prizes in 8 of these races but the last 4 have been phenomenal .2016 2nd ,2017 1st (only 2 combine birds in race time ) 2018 1st again and this with a yearling ( only 8 Combine birds in race time ) and now 3rd in 2019 .
The Ballylesson partnership of K & B McConaghie & son were in 4th place with the Downpatrick Premier partnership of J Linden & son 5th . Two birds into Annsborough were next to Pritchard Bros and Gallagher Bros ( who were 5th in this race last year ) and it was back to Portavogie for the last recorded arrival which was to Ambrose & Kelly .
I will have further details next week on some of these very game birds home from this event the full result of which was ;
East Down Combine
28/06/2019 St Malo OB Derby
64 Members Sent: 233 Birds in a Light Southerly Wind
Pos Name Club Velocity Section Pool Total Grand Total
1 W1 J Gillespie & Sons Ballynahinch HPS 832.345 a n £24.72 £144.72
2 W2 H. Ballantyne & Son Ballylesson HPS 685.575 £0.00 £85.00
3 E1 J & R Young Portavogie 548.745 ab n ABC N £454.31 £549.30
4 W3 K & B McConaghie & Son Ballylesson HPS 520.119 ab n AB £145.91 £205.91
5 E2 J.Linden & Son Downpatrick Premier 506.838 A £21.21 £86.21
6 E3 Pritchard Bros Annsborough HPS 473.069 ab n ABC N £284.14 £329.14
7 E4 Gallagher Bros Annsborough HPS 448.940 ab ABC N £197.08 £237.08
8 E5 Ambrose & Kelly Portavogie 289.666 ab ABC £122.64 £157.64
East Down2bird News
St Malo 28/6/19
Which saw 4 of the birds timed take the 2 bird places these being ;
1st H Ballantyne & Son 685
2nd J&R Young 548
3rd K&B Mc Conaghie & Son 520
4th Ambrose & Kelly 289
The next Combine race is scheduled for July 20th when this years youngsters start their season with the opening race from Navan .