Anthony Maes's victory has a lot in common with Rino Verheye's first prize from last week: Anthony started keeping pigeons in Waregem in 2007 as well, and what is even more remarkable is that both fanciers get a lot of help from their partners: Chantal has played quite an important role in Anthony's success story over the past decade. He is a busy and successful businessman running a fruit wholesale, so he does not have much time to look after his pigeons on a regular basis. This is where Chantal comes in.
The husband-wife combination quickly became one of the rising stars in the province of West Flanders thanks to some notable achievements, and they continued to deliver with several provincial first prizes and a 1st + 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB in 2015. The team did even better in 2016, as supercrack Sero Sero (3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2015) won a 1st National Argenton of 9,228 olds, along with three provincial first prizes.
Anthony would need to have a truly exceptional 2017 season if he wants to improve upon his results from the previous years. And yet, he and Chantal managed to claim their first important win in what was only the second provincial classic of the season on 20th of May. It was actually a double win, a provincial first prize yearlings and old birds, won by a doubled one year old hen called Cartouche. We take a look at the team's overall performance in Tours:
Tours Prov 6,720 olds: 1-107-199-276-518-1851 (6/10) Tours Prov 3,353 yearlings: 1-127-295-356-638 (5/10)
They took 11 prizes with 22 nominated pigeons, including 8 prizes of at least per 10. A job well done!
A triumphant Cartouche
All the attention went to the outstanding blue coloured hen Cartouche, winner of an impressive double provincial win.
1st Prov Tours 6,720 olds 1st Prov Tours 3,353 yearlings 1st Arras 118 p. 2nd Brionne 309 p. 20th Pontoise 316 p. 37th Clermont 696 p. 40th Fontenay 544 p. 43rd Clermont 363 p. 47th Pontoise 526 p. 53rd Clermont 317 p. 73rd Pontoise 567 p.
Sire: Rapido BE09-5000788/09
He was an excellent racing bird and winner of a 2nd Prov. Bourges 775 p. and a 2nd Prov. Poitiers 1,183 p., and he developed into an exceptional breeding bird later on. He is the sire of Cartouche, and of several other prize winners as well:
BE13-3046222 Triple Two: 6 x top 50 Prov. of about 3,000 p. BE13-3002893 De Vechter: 21e Provincial Fontenay 9,261 p. 36e Provincial Chateauroux 3,078 p. 46e Provincial Montlucon 1,167 p. 18e Provincial Chateauroux 1,441 p. BE15-3007027 Het Touriske: 5th Provincial Tours 5,313 p. 12th Provincial Bourges 750 p. 9th Fontenay 325 p. 66th Provincial Tours 6,083 p. BE14-095 (als jong 8 pr.) 8th Fontenay 736 p. 31st Provincial Chateauroux 4,003 p. 26th Provincial Argenton 4,732 p. BE15-3007117 Pursang: 1st Clermont 187 p. 2nd Fontenay 191 p. 9th Pontoise 150 p. 4th Fontenay 119 p. 6th Fontenay 248 p.
Rapido is also the grandfather of Jerommeke (Luc Delaere): 1st Provincial Ace Pigeon KBDB Longer Middle Distsance 2016, winner of a 3rd Prov. Tours 6,720 p. this weekend.
Dam: Superke 211 BE11-3046211
She is an own nest sister of Katy and the dam of Sero Sero, winner of a 1st Nat. Argenton 9,228 p. in 2016 and the title of 3rd Prov. Ace Pigeon Longer Middle Distance KBDB 2015. Superke 211 has quite a few prizes on her palmares as well, including an 11-12-14-22-99th provincial against an average of 2,500 pigeons. She originates from this loft's stock sire: she is bred from Superkweker BE05-3072806 (a son of a 1st Prov. Chateauroux 7,206 p.) x Sonja BE04-3144238 (an excellent breeding hen of Charles Matthijs).
Click here for the pedigree of double provincial winner Cartouche
They have their first big win of 2017 under their belt, and we would not be surprised to see them win several more top prizes this season, given the potential of the fancier and his pigeon breed. Their first big challenge will be the opening classic on the national racing calendar from Bourges. The team will be eager for another win. Congratulations!