Paddy in Tipp-top form as Ahoghill loft claim Mid-Antrim win

For the fifth race of the young bird season the NIPA released in Clonmel, Co Tipperary on Saturday at 11.00am in a north wind.

It turned out a fairly steady race with good returns, best locally was Paddy McManus of Ahoghill who records velocity 1199 and had a top card. He records 1st Mid Antrim Combine 114/2,921 ahead of B Swann & Son and Surgenor Bros in Kells, McFall & McManus in New Antrim and Danny Dixon in Rasharkin.

Ahoghill Flying Club 15/374 – Young McManus & Sons 1199, D Lowry & Sons 1176, Young McManus & Sons 1176, 1174, 1159, J Smyth & Son 1143, 1143, C Young 1141, J Orr & Son 1137, J Smyth & Son 1133.

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Kells & District 13/257 – B Swann & Son 1192, Surgenor Bros 1190, H Boyd 1183, 1175, T & M Morrow 1169, Surgenor Bros 1152, 1137, McFarlane & Agnew 1136, 1129, Gregg Bros 1123. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – H Boyd 1183, Surgenor Bros 1152. YB Knock-Out Cup won by Surgenor Bros. Gold Minute (22) won by Henry Turkington.

New Antrim Amalgamated 8/210 – McFall & McManus 1190, 1188, 1174, 1164, 1161, D Jackson & Son 1142, M/M F Clarke 1133, R McFall & Son 1109, C Moore 1098, T Picken & Son 1090.

Ballymena & District 12/215 – M Graham 1177, W & J Smyth 1152, 1142, G Barr 1128, Blair & Rankin 1120, M/M M Sempey 1103, B O’Rawe 1087, G Barr 1079, Richmond Bros 1079, M/M M Sempey 1072.

Cullybackey HPS 18/572 – A Darragh 1173, S Steele 1173, A Darragh 1168, J & J Greer 1164, Scott & Spratt 1164, Reid Bros & McCloy 1157, Scott & Spratt 1155, D Robinson 1152, Reid Bros & McCloy 1148, Russell Bros 1144.

Randalstown HPS 9/301 – S Millar 1173, 1160, 1157, 1134, J McNeill 1124, T McMillan 1124, S Millar 1121, S Murphy 1115.

Harryville HPS 16/491 – R H Clements 1173, K & K Kernohan & Sons 1156, J Millar & Son 1156, L Mullan 1153, 1153, R H Clements 1147, R Service & Son 1147, L Mullan 1146, W McIlveen & Son 1145, J Millar & Son 1144.

Broughshane & District 13/263 – A Purvis 1159, G Connolly 1141, 1140, J & N Simpson 1139, 1134, D Houston & Son 1133, A Purvis 1125, D Houston & Son 1124.