His two most recent victories are obviously not his first important feats in pigeon racing. Still, Marcel is very proud of his latest wins, especially since his winning hen Kathy is the result of a new breeding strategy: Sangers x Van Den Bulck. In fact, his winning pigeon in Isnes on 21 April, the winner from Chalons en Champagne on 4th of June, and all three podium prize winners from Epernay on 11th of June originate from a crossing of Inteelt Superkweker Sangers x a full sister of Van Den Bulck's Kittel. Here are the numbers:
Chalons & Champagne 03-06-2017 Club 296 pigeons: 1-5-7-10-11-14-16-17-19-21-23-24-25-30-31-32 etc - 33 prizes with 58 pigeons District 1115 pigeons: 1-12-19-24-25-32-38-42-45-48-61-62-64-75-76-78 etc 29 prizes with 29 pigeons Region 3282 pigeons: 1-14-24-31-32-42-51-58-61-67 Etc - 27 prizes with 58 pigeons Epernay 11-06-2017 Club 250 pigeons: 1-2-3-6-13-14-15-16-17-22-etc - 19 prizes with 31 pigeons District 1178 pigeons: 1-2-3-17-32-33-34-35-36-44- etc - 19 prizes with 31 pigeons Region 3400 pigeons: 3-4-10-41-72-73-74-75-76 etc - 23 prizes with 31 pigeons
Van Den Bulck
His results in 2017 clearly indicate that Marcel still has an eye for talent. "I am well aware of the potential of my own pigeon family, the Super Kweker dynasty. This pigeon was the stock breeder that I got from Peter van Osch when it was still a youngster. I owe a lot to this pigeon: he has been a magnificent breeder and he is still alive, even at 22. I combined this bloodline with the best pigeons of Bertie Camphuis and Gerard Koopman, and this became the foundation for my pigeon breed. However, I was looking for a breath of fresh air in my loft, and I ended up with the pigeons of Dirk Van Den Bulck. There are basically no better sprint pigeons in Belgium in recent years; they have been setting numerous new records. Flanders Collection is the owner of all the legendary pigeons of this Belgian superstar and they were interested in an exchange, which enabled me to introduce these lines in my own collection. I now have a fine group of Kittel descendants in my breeding loft."
"I was really impressed when I saw the Van Den Bulck pigeons for the first time. They are really strong birds with wonderful eyes, a strong body, and soft feathers. They really feel perfect. Dirk Van Den Bulck competes in the sprint and the middle distance but I think they are suited for the one day long distance as well, if they are well prepared. Last week we won a 2nd place in the first NPO race from Gien over 556 km against 705 pigeons with NL16-1259608, and a 15th NPO of 4,697 pigeons. This was a 50% Van Den Bulck pigeon: the line of New Kittel paired to the line of our Super Kweker." The fact that his victory from Chalons En Champagne is based on the old Sangers breed paired to Van Den Bulck as well, shows that Marcel is on the right track for the future. "This pigeon was in such a rush that she was dazed when she landed on the board, wondering what had just happened. It reminded me a bit of my first NPO victory from Chateauroux 2000 with Eagle Eye, which arrived home with great speed as well, as if chased by the devil." One week later, Marcel wins a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize from Epernay with descendants of Super Kweker Sangers x Kittel Van Den Bulck as well. A successful new combination is born.
The winning hen from Chalons En Champagne is NL16-1259580 Kathy, a one year old hen raced in total widowhood, just like all of Marcel's racing birds. These are the results from Chalons En Champagne:
1st club 296 pigeons 1st District 1,115 pigeons 1e region 3,282 pigeons Fastest 5,940 pigeons
Kathy won 4 prizes in 5 races as a young bird, including a 53rd Asse Zellik 5,659 p., an 86th Duffel 5,274 p., an 89th Menen 3,151 p. and a 168th Laon 2,673 p. She has already won 7 prizes in 8 races this season, including a 15th Isnes 6,380 p., a 32nd Chimay 2,066 p., a 40th Vervins 1,984 p., and a 49th Vervins 1,324 p. Click here for Kathy's pedigree.
Kathy is a daughter of potentially one of Marcel's new top pairs: NL08-1172426 Old Gold x NL15-4264261 Gold Dust. He bred just two rounds of youngsters from this pair in 2016, and 3 of those 4 youngsters have proven to be quite capable. These are the other two:
- NL16-1259579 Kitty see pedigree A full sister of Kathy 1st Isnes 1,984 p. in 2017 - NL16-1259635 Kiki see pedigree A full sister of Kathy & Kitty. Marcel thinks she is the best of the three sisters She won 8 prizes in 10 races as a young bird 12th Laon 2,673 p. 43rd Asse Zellik 1,189 p. She won 7 prizes in 8 races as a yearling 2nd Epernay 1,178 p. behind loft mate 10th Vervins 1,994 p. 15th Vervins 1,324 p. 31st Quievrain 6,814 p. 32nd Chalons 3,282 p. 35th Chimay 2,066 p. 73rd Epernay 1,717 p. 93rd Isnes 1,984 p. 5th pigeon champion sprint District De IJssel 2017 4th pigeon champion sprint District De IJssel 2017 (intermediate)
NL08-1172426 Old Gold was obtained in Peter van Osch's auction after his passing. Marcel: "I owe a lot to Peter. I got some valuable advice and he also gave me Super Kweker, my team's stock breeder. After his passing his entire collection was offered for sale, so I obtained a few additional pigeons. They all come from Peter's number one star Asduif 43, the sire of my Super Kweker." Old Gold comes from a brother of my Super Kweker paired to a half sister of Asduif 43 (from Sire Asduif 43 x Daughter 712 Camphuis, a great racing bird). This is an example of excellent inbreeding to Super Kweker Marcel Sangers, one of the best breeders ever in The Netherlands. Click here for an overview of his most famous descendants.
NL15-4264261 Gold Dust comes from the Flanders Collection loft, and she is a full sister of Kittel, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB 2013 with the highest coefficent in the KBDB's history. She is a 100% Dirk Van Den Bulck from Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita. The dam of two highly successful pigeons in 2017, Gold Dust is without doubt the most important Van Den Bulck descendant in Marcel Sangers's loft, which also includes:
4 youngsters of Kittel, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB sprint 2013 with lowest coefficient ever
3 youngsters of Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita, the parents of Kittel
2 youngsters of Greipel, 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB & brother Kittel
1 youngster of New Kittel, Subsitute Olympiad Pigeon & brother Kittel
2 youngsters of Broer Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita, 2 stock breeders
2 youngsters of ‘Broer Goede Rode x Golden Leo 999, with excellent descendants
2 youngsters of Olympiade Koppel, parents of Olympiad Pigeon Olympic Rosita, the dam of Kittel
1st-2nd-3rd Epernay 1,178 pigeons
Marcel delivered another great performance in the week after Chalons En Champagne, again with a pigeon bred from Super Kweker x Van Den Bulck. The first prize in District De Ijssel was won by Kira, followed by the aforementioned Kiki. The two pigeons had a five minutes lead over third prize winner Katja, another of Marcel's racing birds. In fact, the first and third prize winners are full sisters! This was a very successful race indeed:
1st Epernay 1,178 p: NL16-1259596 Kira see pedigree Sire: Super Red, bred from son x daughter of De Superkweker Dam: Angelina, a full sister of Kittel Dirk Van Den Bulck 2nd Epernay 1,178 p.: NL16-1259635 Kiki see pedigree Sire: Old Gold, from brother x aunt of Super Kweker Dam: Gold Dust, a full sister of Kittel Dirk Van Den Bulck 3rd Epernay 1,178 p: NL16-1259512 Katja see pedigree Sire: Super Red, bred from son x daughter of Super Kweker Dam: Angelina, a full sister of Kittel Dirk Van Den Bulck
The pairing NL12-1296636 Super Red x BE15-4100451 Angelina is another Sangers x Van Den Bulck combination that has bred two champions in their first year of breeding.
Super Red comes from Maximus, a successful racing bird bred directly from Super Kweker x The Red Inbred, which in turn comes from Super Kweker x his talented daughter Mealy 715.
Angelina is a full sister of Kittel of Van Den Bulck, from top pair Goede Rode x Olympic Rosita
An overview of the best races of Sangers in 2017
Hapert 08-04-17 Club 454 pigeons: 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-19 etc - 39 prizes with 83 pigeons Kring 983 pigeons: 4-5-6-7-8-11-13-14-15-16-17 etc - 39 prizes with 83 pigeons Isnes 22-04-17 Club 510 pigeons: 1-2-3-5-6-7-8-9-10-12-15-17-19-20 etc - 48 prizes with 77 pigeons Kring 1984 pigeons: 1-2-3-7-10-11-12-13-14-17-22-26-32-33-34 etc - 56 prizes with 77 pigeons Chimay 06-05-2017 Club 496 pigeons: 2-3-4-6-8-9-10-13-14-15-16-19-21-22 etc - 46 prizes with 87 pigeons Kring 2066 pigeons: 6-8-9-13-16-18-27-30-32-33-35-39 etc - 47 prizes with 78 pigeons Vervins 20-05-17 Club 464 pigeons: 5-10-12-13-14-15-17-18-25-26-27-28 etc - 47 prizes with 74 pigeons District 1994 pigeons: 10-24-26-27-29-30-40-41-60-61-62-64-86-88-89-91-92-93-97 etc - 56 prizes with 74 pigeons Chalons & Champagne 03-06-2017 Club 296 pigeons: 1-5-7-10-11-14-16-17-19-21-23-24-25-30-31-32 etc - 33 prizes with 58 pigeons District 1115 pigeons: 1-12-19-24-25-32-38-42-45-48-61-62-64-75-76-78 etc - 29 prizes with 58 pigeons Region 3282 pigeons: 1-14-24-31-32-42-51-58-61-67 Etc - 27 prizes with 58 pigeons Epernay 11-06-2017 Club 250 pigeons: 1-2-3-6-13-14-15-16-17-22-etc - 19 prizes with 31 pigeons Kring 1178 pigeons: 1-2-3-17-32-33-34-35-36-44- etc - 19 prizes with 31 pigeons Regio 3400 pigeons: 3-4-10-41-72-73-74-75-76 etc - 23 prizes with 31 pigeons Championships up until now: 2nd Not nominated sprint 2nd Not nominated & 4th Nominated sprint 3rd Not nominated one day long distance 5th Not nominated & 5th Nominated middle distance Pigeon championships: 5th Sprint pigeon NL 16-1259635 10th Sprint pigeon BE 15-4100296 1st Middle Distance pigeon NL 16-1259625 8th Middle Distance pigeon NL 16-1259635 2nd One Day Long Distance pigeon NL 16-1259608 8th One Day long Distance pigeon NL 16-1259905 4th Sprint pigeon NL 16-1259635 8th Sprint pigeon BE 15-4100296 9th Sprint pigeon NL 16-1259580