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Marc De Cock (Temse, BE) discovers new talent pool with the bloodlines of Rockefeller and Johan 275 (VIDEO)

Marc De Cock has had an extensive career as a pigeon fancier, having raced for quite a number of years. Several talented pigeons have made an appearance in the beautiful lofts in Temse, including his two recent sensations Rockefeller and Johan 275, who have clearly left their mark on the De Cock pigeon family.

Why not let Marc introduce us to his latest champions? In the following video Marc shows us both Rockefeller and his parents, and he explains why they have been of crucial importance to this team.

Rockefeller: 1st Nat. ace pigeon all-round KBDB 2018

Rockefeller ended a difficult 2018 season as National Ace Pigeon all-round KBDB 2018. This was a terrific result, and he promptly became Marc's favourite bird. The all-round competition consists of two prizes in the national longer middle distance, two prizes in the national long distance and one prize in the extreme long distance, which means an international race. It can be quite a challenge to have one and the same pigeon excel in five different races or competitions in a single season!

Click here for Rockefeller's pedigree.

Rockefeller was almost destined to become a special bird. As Marc explains in the video, Rockefeller made himself noticed in his very first races as a young bird. And he does have some fantastic origins as well, which gave him a considerable advantage compared to many other pigeons: both his sire and his dam were pigeons with an impressive track record. These two birds were paired together, and that really put them in another league. We take a closer look at Rockefeller's parents.

Sire Rockefeller: breeding bird with a proven record

The sire of Rockefeller is BE11-4118895, himself a full brother of Super Ace. Super Ace became a 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2014 for Raf Bijl. And Super Ace did great in the PIPA Ranking that season as well:

2nd best old bird across all Belgian one day long distance races with 4 prizes
3rd best old bird across all Belgian one day long distance races with 5 prizes

Sire Rockefeller was first and foremost a breeding bird. And he has quite a list of references; the sire of Rockefeller is also the sire of the following prize winners:

- Miss Chateauroux

1st Prov. Chateauroux 3,206 young birds and 55th Nat. 17,269 pigeons
2nd Noyon 391 young birds

Click here for her pedigree.

- Mr. Libourne

29th Nat. zone Libourne 997 pigeons and 111th Nat. 3,950 pigeons

- Lady De Cock

1st Nat. zone Argenton 1,004 pigeons and 77th Nat. 19,592 pigeons

- ‘069/2015’

40th Nat. zone Brive 2,810 pigeons and 154th Nat. Brive 5,929 pigeons in 2016
68th Nat. zone Brive 2,439 pigeons and 582nd Nat. 9,132 pigeons in 2017
60th Prov. Narbonne 730 pigeons and 562. Nat. 4,272 pigeons in 2017

Click here for the pedigree of Rockefeller's sire.

The dam of Rockefeller: daughter Gazpacho of N. & F. Norman

The dam of Rockefeller is BE15-3148748, a daughter of Gazpacho of Nicolas & Filip Norman. Gazpacho became a 1st Olympiad Pigeon in the marathon in Budapest in 2015, and he was also 4th Prov. Ace Pigeon long distance. Gazpacho is himself a crossing of Aelbrecht x Norman.

When breeding the dam of Rockefeller, Gazpacho was paired to a daughter of Abraham. Abraham was in turn a full brother of Florian, which became the sire and grandfather of two Olympiad Pigeons and of a 4th, 5th and 12th National Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB. Besides, he also became the sire of the winner of the 1 Million Dollar Race South Africa 2008. In other words, the dam of Rockefeller stems from the best lines of Norman, combined with a touch of Aelbrecht.

Click here for the full pedigree of the dam of Rockefeller.

Johan 275

Johan 275, BE12-4313275, claimed a first prize in the prestigious PIPA-ranking for best old birds across all Belgian one day long distance races with 5 prizes in 2015. He took this well-deserved title thanks to a 2nd Prov. Brive of 2,120 old birds and a 3rd Prov. Tulle of 1,321 old birds.

Johan 275 also added the title of 1st Prov. and 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2015 to his palmares that season. This champion has won four first prizes over the course of his racing career: Vierzon, Cahors, Brive and Jarnac.

The parents of Johan 275 are a grandson of Armstrong of Verreckt-Ariën (through J & J Baeck) and Fantasy (which stems from Deno-Herbots).

Click here for his pedigree.

Johan 275 is also the sire of some other talented racing birds:

- 182/2017 was a 1st Ace Pigeon long distance in Sint-Gillis in 2018
- 176/2017 has won a 14th Nat. zone Angoulême of 1,718 p. and a 26th Prov. Châteauroux of 5,209 p.
- 326/2017 has won a 25th Nat. zone Angouleme 1,718 p. and a 39rd Prov. Orléans 853 p.

Meanwhile, Johan 275 also became the grandfather of a 2nd Ace Pigeon and of the 7th pigeon in the final of the Grand Prix Thailand OL 2018.

The right genes

As you can tell, Marc De Cock has bred several gifted birds from the bloodlines of Rockefeller and Johan 275. We would not be surprised to see their descendants claim many more top results in future seasons. And perhaps, the team from Temse will welcome another breeder one day that proves just as talented as Rockefeller or Johan 275. They clearly have a lot of top quality genes in their lofts, so anything's possible!