In the past few weeks, Gerard and Bas Verkerk have further underlined their status as great favourites for the upcoming one day long distance competition. We have seen excellent racing conditions (high temperatures and a strong headwind) in recent weeks, which gave the pigeons of Verkerk the chance to demonstrate that they are ready for the most important period of the year. The first highlight of 2014 was the teletext flight from Meaux, where team Verkerk had the three fastest pigeons of a total of 32,917 birds. These are the best warm up races of 2014:
12-4 Asse-Zellik against 5,659 pigeons (115 prizes with 223 basketed pigeons) 14th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th, 37th, 43rd (25x top 100) 3-5 Peronne against 36,253 pigeons (163 prizes with 208 pigeons) 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st fastest, in Rayon East 19,537 pigeons; 28 prizes 1:100 17-5 Meaux against 17,204 pigeons (133 prizes with 186 pigeons) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 12th, 14th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th, 32nd, 34th, 38th, 40th, 42nd, 53rd with 30 prijzen 1:100
“The team has been doing great since day one. In the preparatory flight from Meer with 4,150 pigeons in entente, we had 42 pigeons land in just one minute’s time, all finishing in the top 100. We won 159 prizes with 224 basketed pigeons that day”, bas explains. The racing team is raced in total widowhood; only the wounded or injured pigeons stay home during the races. “Our preparation is quite straightforward. Pigeons were paired in mid-January and they all raised youngsters. When the youngsters reached the age of 18 days the hens were moved to the hens’ loft”, Bas continues. All pigeons were treated and vaccinated against paratyphus and vaccinated against the paramyxovirus and the pox. Medical check ups are carried out by De Weerd and Van der Sluis. “The yearlings have been performing remarkably well, even though they have only had the natour races as young birds. One reason could be that we adapted the loft to create a better environment for the pigeons. The roof is now fully insulated and fresh air can only enter the loft from the front side.
The three winners
Bas calls his three winning pigeons his three pixies because they had been released near Disneyland. These are three highly successful hens and his NL13-1239479 Tinker Bell took the win last weekend. She was the fastest from Meaux against 32,917 pigeons, after having beenthe 21st fastest of 36,253 pigeons two weeks earlier. Her sire is Captain Hook (brother Olivia, 1st NPO Tours) and the dam is Bridget You can find the full pedigree of Tinker Bell here.
NL13-1239605 Periwinkle was beaten by a mere second. He was bred from teletext cock Galaxy x Connie, the last daughter of Pavarotti. You can find the full pedigree of Periwinkle here.
The thid Verkerk hen that completed the podium with two seconds down on the winner, is the two year old NL12-1619042 Silvermist. She is a great looking, blue coloured hen and winner of a 13th Chateauroux against 11,572 p., a 36th Sens against 14,517 p. and a 56th Peronne against 19,537 p. She was bred from the great champion Sven x top class hen Olympic Stradivarius. You can find the full pedigree of Silvermist here.
The Verkerk pigeons felt great in last weekend’s weather conditions, which Maarten Huijsmans had noticed as well. He achieved great results in district two, including a first and second against 24,470 pigeons. His two winning pigeons were bred from two different Verkerk pigeons. “It was obviously a great weekend for our pigeons”, said Bas with understatement. Today, he is already looking forward to the first NPO flight of 2014 next Saturday.