INFC Kings Cup Grand National St Allouestre –
Clubs, Feds & Combines Update
Let me now review the premier race of the old bird racing season in Ireland, now named the Kings Cup Grand National which turned out a great success for Liam McCall of Wicklow who was to win the event for the second time. Despite the regulations for race marking etc we had a very reasonable entry with 495 members sending 2,511 birds just a few short of the race when it was last flown in 2019. Liam had won the Blue Riband event in 2017 (first bird clocked) and this year had the only bird on the day at 6.21pm to lift the Kings Cup for the second time to his loft in Rathnew sitting looking out to sea, what a location.
Liam and Gerti McCall holding “Home Alone” the only bird on the day and the winner of this year’s Kings Cup Grand National with the INFC from France. It was a pleasure for me to verify the winner as clock station manager yesterday, congratulations again from your many friends and the St Leinster Federation committee. Eamonn O’Brien.
“Home Alone” only bird on the day for Liam McCall of Wicklow and wins for the loft the Blue Riband Kings Cup for the second time.
The fantastic loft of Liam McCall in Wicklow, home of two Kings Cup winners.
Fintan Moran from Malahide & District timed two early arrivals on the second day to finish 4th & 10th Open and win the coveted Harkness Rose Bowl for the Best 2 Bird Average. Former Kings Cup winner’s, N Black & Sons timed three arrivals and others who timed two birds included A McAteer & Sons from Ballyholland and Rev T A B Sawyers from Banbridge both Gold Medal winners themselves, and N Grant & Sons from Dublin North County. Just 42 birds were recorded in race time and Joe Doheny was to win a Gold Medal timing his Champion “The Beast” which in 2019 had won the Hall of Fame Diploma.
Harkness Rose Bowl was won by Fintan Moran of Malahide & District, best 2 Bird Average in the Kings Cup. Red Cheq (c) IHU18S-075725 winner of 2nd South Sect & 4th Open INFC Kings Cup Grand Nat Saint Allouestre 495/2511 for Fintan Moran of Malahide & District. Velocity 713 flying 408 Miles.
Cheq Pied (h) IHU19S-063561 winner of 5th South Sect & 10th Open INFC Kings Cup Grand Nat Saint Allouestre 495/2511 for Fintan Moran of Malahide & District. Velocity 588 flying 408 Miles.
Wesley Sawyers from Banbridge holding 21st and 24th Open INFC Kings Cup in 2021.
Some 40 years ago I proposed at the AGM the Gold Medal award for 4 Times in the Kings Cup prizes with the same bird, the first season a bird was able to qualify was in 1982 and I was pleased to be asked to present Gold Medals to G M Kirkpatrick and John McCartan. It looked like something that could be achieved with ease, but that has not been the case, it is a very difficult award to win, and the record shows just 13 award winners in 40 years, it’s a real test achieved by long distance Champions and Joe Doheny wins the first Gold Medal awarded in the South Section.
Mid Antrim Combine – Tough Kings Cup
The Irish National Flying Club held their Kings Cup Grand National race from St. Allouestre in France on Thursday 8th July. The birds were released in a light westerly wind at 6.30am. The race turned out a real endurance test with only 42 game birds making it to their lofts over the course of three-day event. Of the 42 arrivals only three of them were recorded in the Mid Antrim Combine and the best of these was timed by Stewart Brothers of Randalstown who clocked at 13.50pm on the second day. Their 3-year-old dark chequer hen sitting on eggs due to hatch had 501 miles fly to the lofts situated at The Grange just a few miles outside Randalstown. The winning hen had 4 inland races and 1st Talbenny and was then well tossed before being sent to the Kings Cup. This Lambrecht hen was purchased in a kit of young birds from Jackie Steele of Rasharkin in 2018 and is bred from Jackie's No1 pair. The sire is the "38 Cock" he is sire of 1st Open NIPA Mullingar for Bertie Blair of Ballymena & Dist and is also sire of Jackie's own "Isla" 3 x 1st Section B as a young bird in 2018. A full sister to the "38 Cock" bred 1st Open NIPA Fermoy for J & M Milliken of Rasharkin. The dam of the Kings Cup hen is "27" and she is also the dam of "Isla" The Stewart Brothers partnership consisting of 69-year-old Ian and his 66-year-old brother Eric have had many top National results over the years including the winning of two Hall of Fames with the INFC in 2006 and 2009 along with 9th & 10th Open Penzance YB National and 10th Open Penzance Old Hens National in 2010. Their best position in the INFC Kings Cup prior to this season was 15th Open in 1999. This seasons 7th North Section and 13th Open INFC result just betters it and I'm sure many more top results will follow for the brothers.
Stewart Bros of Randalstown (Eric left with Ian) with their 1st Mid Antrim Combine in the Kings Cup.
Next best in the Combine was top National flyer Martin Graham of Ballymena & District clocking at 16.31pm on the second day after the 504 miles fly to his superb lofts on the Old Cullybackey Road. Martin hen which has been named "Wee Fiona" finished 12th North Section and 19th Open National, and also wins the Robin Duddy Extreme Distance Trophy for Saint Allouestre O.B. Furthest flying member in the King’s Cup open prizes. Martin's national record grows each season and only a week ago he was placed 50th, 100th & 110th Open in the NIPA St Malo OB National. He's had countless Top 20 National positions with his top wins being 1st Open INFC Sennen Cove Yearling National with “Denman” in 2018, 1st Open NIPA Skibbereen OB Inland National in 2004 and 2nd Open NIPA Lamballe OB Derby in 2003. Martin timed a 2-year-old chequer pied hen sitting 17 days on eggs due to the delay in race marking for the Kings Cup. Breeding on the sire's side is a son of Ronnie Williamson's "Golden Wonder" when paired to Martin's famous bird "The Big Hen" while the dam is a daughter of "The Big Hen" this making Martin's bird a double granddaughter of "The Big Hen" The Breeding of "The Big Hen" is Norman Thompson (Walkinshaw) crossed with one of Martin's original Van Wildemeersch cocks and she is now responsible for 59 (Fifty-Nine) NIPA & INFC National prize-winners for Martin. Another top result and his best Kings Cup finish to date.
Martin Graham from Ballymena & District holding “Wee Fiona” 19th Open in the Kings Cup.
The only other fancier to time an arrival in the Combine was Robert Alexander of Ballymena & District who timed his 4-year-old dark pied hen at 11.07am on the third morning flying 504 miles. The hen had just paired up 2 days before basketing and was having, it's first ever channel race. Sire is an old Kenyon cock from William McKillen (Ballymena & Dist at the time). This cock contains all the old bloodlines of the famous Smyth Brothers of Ballymena who were twice 1st Open in INFC National races. The dam is bred down from stock obtained from another top distance loft Harry McCloy of Cullybackey, racing the famous old bloodlines of the Reid Bros. The hen finished 21st North Section and 30th Open National and is Robert's best performance to date. Very well done all three of you keeping the flag flying for the Mid Antrim area. Mervyn Eagleson PO.
Robert Alexander had the second bird home into Ballymena from the seasons very difficult Kings Cup race from St Allouestre in France flying over 500 miles.
INFC Kings Cup Grand Nat St Allouestre 495/2511 race sponsored by Frazers Animal Feeds – L McCall Wicklow South Road 934, Capper Bros Bondhill 783, T McClean Annaghmore 739, F Moran Malahide & Dist 713, John Greenaway Bondhill 712, Burns Bros Comber Social 694, P Smith & Son Stillorgan 673, S & N Lester Laurelvale 635, P Lambert Arklow United RPC 588, F Moran Malahide & Dist 588, D McElhone Eastway 586, J Sharkey Castlebellingham 585, Stewart Bros Randalstown 585, Massey & Duffy Newtown Kilpedder 567, A McAteer & Sons Ballyholland 566, J McMaw Carrick Social 558, A Thompson Ballyclare 540, C McArdle & Sons Banbridge 533, Martin Graham Ballymena 532, Sean McLoughlin Crossgar 527.
Tommy McClean of Annaghmore holding the hen that was 3rd open Kings Cup and shortly after that photo was taken, he clocked a blue w/f cock to win 1st open in the INFC Friendship National.
John Greenaway from Bondhill well placed again in a major race from France. See photo supplied by John, Blue cock on my right was 5th Open and 3rd North Section Kings Cup St Allouestre winning £874, which is a direct son of my Gold Medal winner “Iron Man” INFC 2013. His ‘Millennium Lady’ is the same lines, it won St Malo with the NIPA in 2000. Blue Checker in my left was 20th Open and 18th North Section Lambelle Friendship Nat bred down from the racer’s.
“Iron Man '' won the Gold Medal & Diploma for John Greenaway of Bondhill Social.
INFC South Section St Allouestre 156/551 - L McCall Wicklow South Road 934, F Moran Malahide & Dist 713, P Smith & Son Stillorgan 673, P Lambert Arklow United RPC 588, F Moran Malahide & Dist 588, J Sharkey Castlebellingham 585, Massey & Duffy Newtown Kilpedder 567, D Corrigan Boyne Valley 510, G O’Reilly Malahide & Dist 295, N Grant & Sons Dublin North County 287.
INFC North Section St Allouestre 339/1904 - Capper Bros Bondhill 783, T McClean Annaghmore 739, John Greenaway Bondhill 712, Burns Bros Comber Social 694, S & N Lester Laurelvale 635, D McElhone Eastway 586, Stewart Bros Randalstown 585, A McAteer & Sons Ballyholland 566, J McMaw Carrick Social 558, A Thompson Ballyclare 540, C McArdle & Sons Banbridge 533, Martin Graham Ballymena 532, Sean McLoughlin Crossgar 527, Rev T A B Sawyers & Son Banbridge 508, S & W English Lisburn & District 500, N Black & Son Dromara 496, N Black & Son 489, John Trimble & Grandson Annalong 464.
W R Capper of Bondhill Social, best in the NIPA and recent Kings Cup positions of 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Open INFC.
Muckamore Starion St Allouestre – D McElhone Eastway 588, Stewart Bros Randalstown 585, J McMaw Carrick Social 558, A Thompson Ballyclare 540, Martin Graham Ballymena 532, Robert Alexander Ballymena 368.
NIPA (INFC) St Allouestre Kings Cup St Allouestre - Capper Bros Bondhill 783, T McClean Annaghmore 739, John Greenaway Bondhill 712, S & N Lester Laurelvale 635, D McElhone Eastway 586, Stewart Bros Randalstown 585, A McAteer & Sons Ballyholland 566, J McMaw Carrick Social 558, A Thompson Ballyclare 540, C McArdle & Sons Banbridge 533, Martin Graham Ballymena 532, Rev T A B Sawyers & Son Banbridge 523, Rev T A B Sawyers & Son 508, S & W English Lisburn & District 500, N Black & Son Dromara 496, N Black & Son 489, R Alexander Ballymena 368, Mark Maguire & Son Millvale 347, N Black & Son 339, W Catherwood & Sons Harmony 325, Tadhg Kelly Coalisland 315, A Cherry Annaghmore 278, A McAteer & Sons Ballyholland 277.
S & N Lester had the only bird home in Laurelvale, another loft with an excellent record from France.
(INFC Grand National King’s Cup) – East Down Combine Saint Allouestre. Burns Bros Comber Social HPS 6th INFC 4th North Sect 1st EDC Vel 694.97, Sean Mc Loughlin Crossgar HPS 20th INFC 13th North Sect 2nd EDC Vel 527.22, J Trimble & G/Son Zack Annalong HPS 28th INFC 20th North Sect 3rd EDC Vel 464.40, Gordon Bros & Sons Killyleagh Central HPS 38th INFC 27th North Sect 4th EDC Vel 280.48 Congratulations to Burns Bros (Paddy) on winning the EDC from Saint Allouestre.
East Coast Federation (Dublin) St Allouestre INFC - 1 F Moran Malahide & District 713.47, 2 P Smith & Son Stillorgan 673.32, 3 F Moran Malahide & District 588.04, 4 J Sharkey Castlebellingham 585.86, 5 D Corrigan Boyne Valley 510.26, 6 G O'Reilly Malahide & District 295.11, 7 J Doheny Malahide & District 280.48.
Irish South Road Federation St Allouestre – N Grant & Sons Dublin North County 287, N Grant & Sons 262.
East Antrim Combined St Allouestre - Davy McElhone Eastway 588, Jeff McMaw Carrick Social 558, Arnold Thompson Ballyclare 540.
Jeff McMaw (r) receiving his NIPA Bronze France Diploma from Carrick Soc secretary George Robinson from a few years back.
Mid Antrim Combine St Allouestre - Stewart Bros Randalstown 585, Martin Graham Ballymena 532, Robert Alexander Ballymena 368.
INFC Clubs Saint Allouestre Kings Cup
Wicklow South Road – Liam McCall 934.
Bondhill – Capper Bros 783, John Greenaway 712.
Annaghmore – Tom McClean 739, A Cherry 278. Brilliant Tommy great days racing, Tommy's 3rd Open Kings Cup hen was bred by Eamon Quigley in Inch Island Donegal. Tommy phoned me this morning to tell me he says that's this hen’s 3rd time out of France brilliant Tommy well done again. Eamon Quigley.
Malahide & District – Fintan Moran 713, Fintan Moran 588, Gerry O’Reilly 295, Joe Doheny 280.
Comber Social – Burns Bros 694. Paddy Burns of Burns Brothers holding his arrival from this year’s Kings Cup. She was timed at 8.58am second morning from an entry of four pigeons. She is a Granddaughter of his great hen Dolly. This loft has won many prizes from France over the years only sending a small entry in all races. His most recent top positions have been 3rd Open Friendship National 2016, 8th Open Kings Cup 2017, 3rd Open East Down Combine St Malo 2020. Congratulations to Burns Bros (Paddy) on winning the EDC from Saint Allouestre this year.
Stillorgan – P Smith & Son 673.
Laurelvale – S & N Lester 635.
Arklow United RPC – Pat Lambert 588.
Eastway – Davy McElhone 586.
Castlebellingham – J Sharkey 585.
Randalstown HPS – Stewart Bros 585.
Newtown Kilpedder – Massey & Duffy 567.
Ballyholland – A McAteer & Sons 566, 277.
Carrick Social – Jeff McMaw 558.
Ballyclare & District – Arnold Thompson 540.
The Hall of Fame winner for Arnold Thompson of Ballyclare & District.
Banbridge – C McArdle & Sons 533, Rev T A B Sawyers & Son 523, 508.
Ballymena & District HPS – Martin Graham 532, Robert Alexander 368.
Crossgar HPS – Sean McLoughlin 527.
Drumnavaddy Invitation - Rev T A B Sawyers & Son 523, 508.
Edgarstown – Paul Dunlop 518. Well done Paul the only man to time in the club from a very hard race his winner has the best of Paul’s old distance lines tracing back to his OB Derby winner in 1991 Paul’s record from these races are second to none.
Paul Dunlop had the only bird home in the Portadown based Edgarstown HPS.
Boyne Valley – D Corrigan 510.
Lisburn & District – S & W English 500.
Dromara – N Black & Son 496, 489, 339.
Annalong – John Trimble & Grandson 464.
Bray Invitation – James Cullen 425.
Millvale – Mark Maguire & Son 347.
Newry & District H.P.S - Mark pictured below holding his prize bird being the only bird timed in Race Time in Newry & District timing at 10:03am on the 3rd day. This pigeon has multiple open positions for Mark and is down from the Maguire Family distance bloodlines. Well Done Mark Maguire & Son.
Mark Maguire & Son timed early on the 3rd day to record the only bird home in both Millvale and Newry & District.
Harmony HPS – W Catherwood & Sons 325.
Coalisland & District – Tadhg Kelly 315.Dublin North County – N Grant & Sons 287, 262.Killyleagh Central – Gordon Bros & Sons 286.HOMER. Willie Reynolds – Press Officer INFC
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