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 .


Clifford Browne 



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