A report on the Irish National Flying Club young bird race from Penzance on 6th September 2017

Three hundred and eighty members sent two thousand, two hundred and fifty-one birds to the Irish National Flying Club young bird race from Penzance. They were liberated into a light westerly wind. The following is a report on the final race result.

Jeff Greenaway

First north section and first open was won by Jeff Greenaway of Dromore on a velocity of 1055ypm, flying a distance of 295 miles and winning £465, the J M K McGugan Perpetual Cup and the De-Scheermaeker Trophy for the best two bird average. Jeff had three birds in the top ten of the result, also scoring third and eighth positions. As a result he is likely to be confirmed as the winner of the Jarvis Cup for best average from Skibbereen and Penzance, although this is yet to calculated. He may also be the verified winner of the Harker's Trophy for best average Sennen Cove yearling national and Penzance young bird national. The winning pigeon is a blue tip hen that was sent to the race being driven to nest by her cock. The hen's bloodlines are Van Reet x Soontjen and it is the same way bred as Wesley Sawyer's friendship national winner in 2016. The sire is a son of his best breeder Unlucky, whilst the dam is a daughter of an excellent racing hen that was second open from NIPA young hen's national and the following week was second open from Fermoy.

Aiden McAteer

Second north section and second open was won by A McAteer and Sons from Ballyholland on a velocity of 1048ypm over a distance of 281 miles and winning £1,302. The partners timed a blue bar cock sent to the racing looking at his hen. The dam is the friendship national winner Dromcove Olympic Gold which comes from the best bloodlines of Mick Conlon of Banbridge and Alan Darragh of Cullybackey. The Conlon pigeons are bred down from Grove Hill Gold, whist the Darragh bloodlines go back to Achievement. On the sire's side the grandsire contains similar bloodlines.

As already mentioned Jeff Greenaway was also third north section and third open on a velocity of 1041ypm, winning £272. Jeff's timer this time was a chequer cock sent to the race sitting ten day eggs. The breeding is Mark Gilbert on both the sire and the dam's side, with the sire being a grandson of New Laureat.

Fourth north section and fourth open was won by D McClelland of Ballyclare on a velocity of 1034.59ypm over a distance of 320 miles and winning £1087. David timed a pigeon that he bought from the Grattan Brothers of Eastway.

Albert Lockhart

Fith north section and fifth open went to Mackey and Lockhart of Ballylesson on a velocity of 1034.06 over a distance of 306 miles and winning £452. Albert Lockhart now flies on his own but keeps the name of the late Billy Mackey on as a mark of respect. Albert timed a game hen sent racing to the perch, Its breeding is Soontjen from birds he obtained from clubmate Alec Crawford.

Johnston Eagleson

J Eagleson and Sons of Ballymena were sixth north section and sixth open on a velocity of 1024ypm over a distance of 329 miles and winning £474. The partners timed a chequer hen sent to the race sitting eggs. This young hen was bred by Jackie Steele of Rasharkin off a direct Lanbrecht cock. It is a full sister to the loft's famous 02 cock, a previous winner of the Mid Antrim Combine's old bird of the year and also bred down from Danny Dixon's Heartbreaker.

Glen Buckley & Son, Johnny

Seventh north section and seventh open was won by Glen Buckley and Son, Johnny of Annaghmore on a velocity of 1019ypm over a distance of 301 miles and winning £686. The partners timed a blue cock sent to the race looking at his hen. The sire came from Ad Schaerlaecaens, whilst the dam is from their own Soontjen bloodlines.

Back to Jeff Greenaway for eighth north section and eighth open on 1018ypm, winning £110. This was a chequer hen, the dam of which is bred down from Mark Gilbert's Starlight and Euro Diamond.

Gerry Quinn

Ninth north section and ninth open was won by C and G Quinn of Drumnavaddy on a velocity of 1017ypm over 297 miles and winning £85. The partners timed a blue bar cock sent to the race flying to a perch. It is bred down from Hunter, whose sire came from their own family, whilst the dam was a gift from Jim Butler of Banbridge.

Raymond & Robert McCracken

Completing the top ten and in tenth north section we have the McCracken Brothers of Banbridge on a velocity of 1009ypm over a distance of 294 miles and winning £85. The sire of the tenth open winner contains their old Krauth and Jeff Greenaway bloodlines, whilst the dam is pure Greenaway.

That completes the report on the final result of the Irish National Flying Club race from Penzance.