2020 Racing Season

After a delayed start to the season it was good to be back racing again on 7th June. Racing 119 miles from Tullamore with the EDC the birds started with a bang putting in a fine performance under the conditions

In the Killyleagh Club 11 members sent 244 birds and the hens were 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th

The cocks went to the Cloughey Club and were 1st, 2nd and 6th against 153 birds

We ended up 15th East Section (99 members sent 2961 birds) and 24th, 30th, 32nd, 38th and 39th Open (161 members sent 4,682 birds)

The 1st bird home to the lofts was a yearling direct son of “DREAM RODE”. What a breeder this is turning out to be! We only bred from him for the 1st time in 2019 but he’s already bred winners with FOUR different hens including a 1st Open NIPA winner against 4,810 birds

Some start for the son of “BROER GOEDE RODE” x “KITTEL SAFYRA”

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13th June 2020

A really diffcult day’s racing. We were only at 119 miles and yet the Combine winner is less than 1100 ypm. It’s a race where the birds did their very best despite the conditions on offer

In the Cloughey Club the cocks were 1st, 3rd and 4th against 221 birds.

In the Killyleagh Club the hens were 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th against 263 birds

At Section level (approx 3,000 birds) we are 1st, 7th, 8th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 29th and 30th (8 in the top 30)

At Combine level we are 5th, 17th, 18th, 32nd, 34th and 39th Open (6 birds in the top 40 of the Open – the only loft to do so)

The first bird home that wins the Club and the Section is a yearling cock that’s actually building himself a nice little CV. As a YB last season he was 12th Open NIPA against 4,810 birds (beaten by 10 loftmates)

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20th June 2020

Moving on to the 153 miles mark. Again we split the team

The cocks went to Cloughey and were 1st there

The hens went to Killyleagh and came away with 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th against 220 birds.

At Section level we were 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th against 2,739 birds. This was a belting effort by the birds because we never expected to feature at all on a wind that gave us little to no hope really

28th June 2020

After last week’s race the birds did not come out of the race as we would normally expect so we sent a vastly reduced team to Mallow

In Killyleagh we were 1st, 3rd and 4th Club which we were content enough with given the fact that the birds have had a troubled week this week

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Next week up saw us across the water at Talbenny

In the Cloughey Club at Talbenny we were 1st and 3rd Club on a really testing race

We also competed in the NIPA Skibereen National where we put up a fantastic effort on the day – our bird battling against the odds to win

2nd Section F, 9th Open NIPA with 419 members sending 4236 birds

11th July saw us competing in the Derek Wishart Classic

Killyleagh : 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th

9th, 10th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 26th, 27th and 28th Section

15th, 16th, 24th, 25th, 34th, 37th, 38th and 39th Open

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18th July Penzance

Killyleagh : 1st Club

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Onto the YB season

1st YB race from Navan

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Club

2nd YB Race from Navan

1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th club Cloughey

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th club Killyleagh

14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 24th East Section 3,172 birds

14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 24th Open 4,797 birds

1st YB race from Tullamore (8th August)

1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Club Cloughey

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Club Killyleagh

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th East Section 2,781 birds

18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Open 4,783 birds

2nd race from Tullamore