Marc De Cock (Temse, BE): for whom only the best is good enough

Marc De Cock has been, and still is, a renowned name in (inter)national pigeon sport. Despite his busy professional life, pigeon sport is a passion in which he continuously aims for the absolute best.

It is no secret that Marc invests heavily in pigeons. A strategy which brought him to the top and has kept him there for years. In the ongoing search for better, only the best is good enough. Aelbrecht, Limbourg, Vandenabeele, Van de Wouwer, Hooymans, Van Den Bulck...you name it. All these bloodlines still lead to successes today. 

As a business man, Marc was one of the first to strengthen his loft with the newest bloodlines. It has led to a strong foundation on which the De Cock colony is built. This has led to fantastic achievements on his own lofts in Temse as well as on other lofts all around the world. 

Before we look back on the 2022 racing season, we would like to give a quick overview of the biggest highlights on the lofts in Temse of the past years. With super racers Bold Eagle, Top Son Bold Eagle, Rockefeller and Double Remco as figureheads. Highly impressive! 

1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Allround 2018 – Rockefeller
2nd Olympiad pigeon Cat. C 2017 – Bold Eagle
2nd Nat. Long Distance Pigeon 5 races PIPA Ranking 2020 - Top Son Bold Eagle
2nd Nat. General Champion KBDB 2018
3rd Nat. Long Distance Pigeon 9 races PIPA Ranking ’20-’21 – Top Son Bold Eagle
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance 2015 – Johan 275
4th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance 2019 – Double Remco
4th Nat. Long Distance Pigeon 8 races PIPA Ranking ’20-’21 – Top Son Bold Eagle
5th Nat. Champion KBDB Long Distance Old birds 2021
5th Nat. Long Distance Pigeon 6 & 7 races PIPA Ranking ’20-’21 – Top Son Bold Eagle
5th Nat. General Champion KBDB 2021
6th Nat. Long Distance Pigeon 5 races PIPA Ranking ’20-’21 – Top Son Bold Eagle
7th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB allround 2021 – Iron Lady
13th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance 2016 – Bold Eagle
15th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance 2021 – Ferrari, brother Rockefeller
15th Nat. Champion KBDB Long Distance Yearlings 2021

Season 2022

Marc come closest to a new national victory on Tulle II this season. His Bold Tully (BE20-4224429) won 2nd National Tulle against 4,185 old birds. However, Bold Tully took both the Provincial and Zonal victories. 

Marc with Bold Tully, 2nd Nat. Tulle.

Bold Tully is a granddaughter to superstar Bold Eagle on father's side. We also find the line of BAK17 from Marcel Aelbrecht on this side of the family. 

Mother is a daughter of Mister Tulle (who in turn is a son of New Eagle Eye) and a daughter of Superkweker 801. At the time, Mister Tulle was paired to a granddaughter of that same New Eagle Eye, and thus intentional inbreeding to this super pigeon. 

Wing Bold Tully

We find the proven base bloodlines of Marc De Cock's colony back in the newest star, Bold Tully. 

Besides the 2nd National Tulle Old birds that Marc won, the 6th National Tulle against 4,993 Yearlings also descends from his pigeons. Guy Van Huynegem from Brussegem won this national top results, which was good for the 1st Provincial against 527 p. This pigeon largely comes from the same bloodlines as Bold Tully, as we also find Bold Eagle and Superbreeder 801 in the pedigree of Guy his Bold 751. This time these lines were crossed with Gaston Van de Wouwer and Gaby Vandenabeele. 

Father, similar to Bold Tully, is a son of Bold Eagle: Son Bold Eagle (BE17-4240762). Bold Eagle was paired to BE14-6306617 an inbred granddaughter of the legendary Kaasboer of Gaston Van de Wouwer. 

Mother is Granddaughter Superbreeder 801 (BE19-4232248), she is a half sister to Tilly of Jos Thoné, winner of 1st Nat. Tulle against 6,101 p. (and fastest of 13,423 p.) She is also a granddaughter of Fyther, 1st National Agen 5,507 p. of Gaby Vandenabeele.

On Argenton both 9th and 10th National was won against 2,276 pigeons. 

Granddaughter Mister Tulle (BE21-4221140) is the hen which won 9th National Argenton against 2,276 p. She is bred from crossing the bloodlines of New Eagle Eye and Gaston Van de Wouwer. New Eagle Eye can be found multiple times in the pedigree of her father: Tully 389 (BE20-4026389). Tully 389 is a double grandson of New Eagle Eye who was paired even paired to his own granddaughter. 

Mother is BE20-6188156, a daughter of Norry and Herna, both direct Van de Wouwer pigeons form the best lines of Kaasboer from Gaston, but also Geerinckx and Vandenabeele bloodlines are mixed in. 

10th National Argenton 2,276 p. was won by Miss Harry (BE21-4050934).

As her name suggests, this super racer is related to Harry of Jan Hooymans. Mother is a granddaughter of New Harry, and daughter to Brother Harry, a full brother of Harry himself. 

Father is the 280-20 of Marc, a great racer with some magnificent national results on amongst others Narbonne, Agen and Bourges. The 280-20 is a cross between pigeon from Freddy De Jaeger (Blue Wonder line) and R&L Buyl (Golden 025).

Marc also had pigeon high up the national results list on Montélimar. Granddaughter Superbreeder 801 (BE20-4026281) won 28th National Montélimar against 3,387 p.

Father of this Montélimar racer is Son Superbreeder 801 (BE12-4311028) who is also father to Provincial Lady, who is good for amongst others the following top results: 

2nd Prov. Blois 3,800 p.
7th Prov. Vierzon 7,369 p.
24th Prov. Orléans 2,642 p.
31st Nat. Argenton 11,823 p.
60th Prov. Bourges 6,736 p.

Mother is Sister Athalia (BE15-4101866), just as Athalia (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance Yearlings KBDB) she is bred from Only brother Matador (BE11-4311340) of Rufin & Luc Buyl and Ronsijntje (BE08-4347575) from Jo Ronsijn.

Young birds

There were several new talents in Marc his 2022 young bird team. These pigeons which will undoubtedly stand in the spotlights in the coming years. 

Iron Rocky (BE22-4025380) is one of these pigeons. This young cock won amongst others the following in his first racing season: 

6th Toury 401 p.
9th Orléans 509 p. – 174th Prov. 7,205 p.
12th Bourges 378 p. – 65th Nat. Zone 3,848 p. – 355th Nat. 23,847 p.

Iron Rocky is a grandson of Rockefeller (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Allround KBDB 2018) and the earlier mentioned Son Superbreeder 801. 

Father is Son Rockefeller (BE21-4050858) bred from Rockefeller and Remco Libourne (BE19-4232275). The hen Remco Libourne was bred from Double Remco (4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2019) and Miss Libourne.

Another young talent is Kittel Harry 399 (BE22-4025399), who was crowned 2nd Superstar Allround. Kittel Harry 399 won amongst others the following prizes: 

4th Toury 401 p.
6th Bourges 378 p. – 124th Nat. 23,847 p.
4th Argenton 168 p. – 143th Nat. 13,393 p.
16th Argenton 437 p. – 1,263th Nat. 22,869 p.
29th Noyon 979 p.
33rd Noyon 1,541 p.

Like his name suggests, this young star is a cross between Van den Bulck x Hooymans. Father is Grandson Olympic Kittel (BE20-6110300). Olympic Kittel himself became 7th Olympiad pigeon Cat. F 2016. In his pedigree are several other top bloodlines of Van den Bulck. 

Mother is Perfect Favourite (NL20-1609489) granddaughter of both Harry and Beauty Harry (a son of Harry and father of New Harry). 

The last young bird we will introduce is Bold Favourite (BE22-4025383). This hen won: 

1st Toury 401 p.
1st Orléans 346 p. – 10th Prov. 7,093 p.
946th Nat. Bourges 23,847 p.

Bold Favourite is also half sister to Bold 751 who we mentioned earlier as winner of 1st Prov. Tulle 527 p. and 6th Nat. Tulle 4,993 p. 

Their father is Son Bold Eagle 762, son of Bold Eagle and Inbreeding Kaasboer (BE14-6306617).

Mother of Bold Favourite is Miss Perfect Eagle (BE19-4045161), good for a 93rd Nat. Argenton 23,258 p. herself. She is a daughter of New Eagle Eye x Sister Bold Eagle. Again the same proven super bloodlines of loft De Cock...

References

Every year, fantastic results are achieved by pigeons from Marc De Cock. No surprise that we received a long list of references. Battling the masses doesn't only happen on the accommodation in Temse. Please enjoy several exceptional performances by De Cock pigeons on other lofts: 

1st Nat. Chateauroux 20,800 p. (Kristiaan Hennes)
1st Nat. Tulle 13,426 p. (Jos Thoné)
1st Nat. Jarnac 5,117 p. (Gert Noels)
1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Allround (Eddy & Maarten Leutenez)
1st Olympiad pigeon Middle Distance 2019 (Gevaert-Lannoo)
1st Prov. Tulle / 6th Nat. 4,993 p. (Van Huynegem Guy)
1st Nat. Zone C Argenton 1,004 p. (Team Bart Bassez)
1st Nat. Zone C Argenton 1,563 p. (Bart & Lorenz Bassez)
1st Nat. Zone Limoges 2,946 p. / 3rd Nat. 6,275 p. (Family 3D)
1st Nat. Zone Vierzon 6,153 p. / 6th Nat. 20,964 p. (Family 3D)
1st Nat. Zone Gueret 2,775 p. / 8th Nat. 8,493 p. (Family 3D)
1st Nat. Zone Montauban 1,996 p. (Family 3D)
2nd Nat. Bourges 19,133 p. (Family 3D)
2nd Ace Pigeon One loft Race Sevilla '20 (Krzysztof Bury)
3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Allround (Eddy & Maarten Leutenez)
3rd Best Jarnac pigeon 2015-2016 (Gert Noels)
7th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Allround (Eddy & Maarten Leutenez)
8th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance (Eddy & Maarten Leutenez)
12th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Long Distance (Hok FBI Antwerp)

Philosophy

The stock that Marc built is continuously developed and strengthened by new super bloodlines. It is a philosophy which brought Marc De Cock to the top of international pigeon sport. 

It is the same philosophy which ensures that he is still amongst the best today. Provincial, zonal and national victories and ace pigeon titles,...he has won it all and is planning to continue doing so in the future. Many fanciers have profited and shared success thanks to Marc his investments and breeding strategy. A successful foundation crossed with super bloodlines, this is what lead to success. 

Under the right circumstances, fantastic results are achieved in Temse. This was the case in 2022 and it won't be any different in 2023!