The winner of the race from Hokkaido Mori - Japan (700 km)
His winning pigeon had shown to be in excellent form, having won top prizes in the weeks prior to this race:
The BE15-4254646 originates from Etienne's old top lines, which are the foundation of the Meirlaen pigeon breed. She is in fact the result of a crossing of two inbred pigeons.
Sire: Grandson Cor BE12-4278301
An inbred pigeon to two 1st Nat. Ace Pigeons Extreme Long Distance KBDB: he comes from a pairing of 'grandson x daughter' of Cor (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2008) and Perpignanlady (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance KBDB 2009). He is also partly related to Odylon of Solange De Cuyper, one of the most successful Barcelona pigeons ever. Odylon won a 5-11-32 Nat. Barcelona, he was best Barcelona pigeon over 3 seasons, and he won the title of Gouden Vleugel.
Dam: Extreme Fenomeen BE11-4312113
An inbred hen of stock pigeon '612 Brother Marseille', which was paired to her own granddaughter. In other words she is a direct daughter of 612 Brother Marseille, which is a full brother of supercrack Marseille, a half brother of Monar (1st Intnat. Narbonne), and the sire of Fenomeen (best long distance pigeon of Belgium over 5 races in 2010). Her dam is Feno 290 BE10-4325290, a direct daughter of Fenomeen, which we mentioned earlier on (he is a son of 612 Brother Marseille).
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A new top reference for the Meirlaen pigeon breed
This is the second major victory abroad for the Meirlaen breed in one year's time, after having also won a 1st Intnat. St. Vincent Hens in 2015 (for Geoff & Catherine Cooper from the UK). This victory shows once again that the Meirlaen pigeons can really excel in the most difficult races (over a long distance, and with speeds of 1200 m/min or lower), not only in Europe but in Japan as well. Congratulations!