Another super result for Martin Graham from Saint Allouestre Kings Cup clocking two birds on the third morning at 8.45 and 9.19 to win 1st & 2nd Ballymena & Dist and 1st & 2nd Mid Antrim Combine flying 504 miles.
The first bird timed was a blue yearling cock sent sitting 12 days on eggs. This cock was Martins first bird timed from Penzance two weeks previous winning 3rd club, 30th section and 172nd open in the Classic event.
Martin said the Penzance race brought the cock in to great form prompting him to send it to the National.
Sire is "Treble One" a son of the "Big Hen" and dam is a daughter of Danny Dixon's YB INFC winner "Dixie Chick" Martins second bird which is closely related to the first one is a two year old blue cock sent sitting 16 days on eggs.
It flew Bude as a yearling and was earmarked from the start of the season for the Kings Cup.
Sire is from the no.1 stock hen the Big Hen when paired to a cock he purchased from Ronnie Williamson which was off his Golden Pair. Dam is a daughter of Golden Boy when paired to a daughter of Norma which is the dam of the Big Hen.
This result comes fresh from his 1st Open INFC Sennen Cove Yearling National win a few weeks ago with Denman. Mervyn Eagleson PO.
Muckamore Station St Allouestre – R J Elliott Ballymoney 595, Lynch Bros Ballycarry & Dist 587, Jimmy Burrows Eastway 585, Noel Lusty Muckamore 584, Jeff McMaw Carrick Social RPC 512, D & R Turkington Doagh & Dist 481, R Johnston 423, M Graham Ballymena 411, M Graham Ballymena 405, R Little 399.
Mid Antrim Combine St Allouestre – Martin Graham Ballymena & Dist 411, Martin Graham Ballymena 405. Yet another big result for Martin Graham, recording the only two arrivals in the MAC in the Grand Nat for St Allouestre coming on top of his 1st MAC in the earlier Yearling Nat from Sennen Cove.
Well deserved for the Ace Ballymena loft who over recent years has dominated in the INFC events at Ballymena & District, this run of results is the best ever.
A big effort by the fancier himself and a small family of birds that are scoring at the extreme distance.