And yet there was some bad news as well. Marcel explains: "Paul is very ill and has had a first chemotherapy session. I would like to dedicate this result to him." It makes it hard for Marcel to enjoy this victory to the full. "Paul on the other hand could not be happier. He is a true optimist, and even though he is facing some very tough times, he continues to motivate us to get the most out of our team! Our great results in recent weeks are partly to Paul's credit. We have achieved a lot together but it is the specific circumstances that make this victory feel even better."
Sangers-Ung and Brian Sangers, who races under his own name, are having a great season. Brian and Chantal do most of the work, with Marcel observing and advising the team. They are getting very good results across the board, and they are podium contenders in the national ace pigeon competition De Allerbeste, both in the middle distance and with the yearlings. Marcel's old collection of super class breeders has reached a whole new level especially thanks to the introduction of Dirk Van Den Bulck pigeons. Click here to reread our report from last year.
It is this very combination that is doing great in the natour competition as well; this team's level of performance speaks to the imagination. Here is a look back on the two overwhelming results in the firs two natour races:
19-8 Isnes (212 km) Club 442 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-8th-12th-14th-15th-16th-17th-18th-19th-21st-22nd-26th-etc. (58/118) Region 5,079 p.: 3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-8th-10th-15th-18th-19th-20th-21st-22nd-23rd-25th-26th-31st-40th (94/118) 26-8 Chimay (269 km) Regio 5,433 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th-18th-21st-22nd-26th-36th-45th-46th-48th- 50th-etc. (77/116) Overall release 10,239 p.: 1st-2nd-3rd-4th-5th-6th-7th fastest
Sangers-Ung and Brian Sangers basket all their youngsters for the natour competition, along with some of their favourite old birds. "We think the young birds' competition in its current form is getting out of style. Our pigeons lose many feathers every season, and that keeps them from breeding. The natour competition is in August, which is apparantly a much better time to race youngsters. In fact, we think it is better for everyone to complete the old birds' races first before focusing on the young birds' competition. I hope things are about to change at national level."
1st fastest Chimay 10,239 p.
The victory - or should we say split victory, since two pigeons arrived home within a single second - goes to NL14-1662647 Katinca. She is a great looking hen that was closely inbred to Superkweker.
Sire: Super Blue, a youngster of Stipo, winner of a 2nd NPO Bourges 7,584 p. and a 2nd Meer 7,134 p. and the last son of stock breeder De Superkweker. The dam is Buddahari, 1st Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Northern Union of 34,294 p. in 2010.
Dam: Suprise, bred from Time Gun (a son Superkweker), winner of a 4th NPO Orleans 7,784 p. He was paired to The Red Inbred, a daughter of De Superkweker x his best breeding daughter Mealy 715, the dam of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon One Day Long Distance Eagle Eye.
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2nd fastest Chimay 10,239 p.
The other pigeon to finish within a single second is the young blue coloured NL17-1826248 Fransa.
Sire: Skittel, a Van Den Bulck cock straight from Kittel, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint 2013 with the lowest coefficient ever. He was paired to New Golden Lady, 1st of 1,080 p. and a top breeder in Grobbendonk.
Dam: Gone Wild, also the dam of Lily, winner of a 1st Soissons 1,154 p. She comes from fellow fancier Alwin Petrie, bred from his top class hen Gigi, Europe Cup pigeon and 2 x teletext middle distance.
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3rd fastest Chimay 10,239 p.
Another young bird arrived home just one second after the winner, claiming a third prize. It was young bird NL17-1826283, another descendant of the Sangers x Van Den Bulck success formula.
Sire: Dejavu, a talented son of Fast As Lightning x Miss Geniality, two great racing birds of Sangers x Koopman and an excellent breeding pair. They also bred Fast Red, the winner of a 1st NPO Chateaudun 6,026 p. and a 7th-7th-23rd NPO, and Red Fox, the winner of a 1st Duffel 9,173 p.
Dam: Senza, Van Den Bulck from stock breeder Broer Goede Rode x top class hen Golden Leo 9999. Senza is a half sister of such legendary pigeons as Blauwe Beer and Moeder Olympic Rosita (and thus a grandmother Kittel), and related to the Supersprint dynasty and the Sagan dynasty.
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The other top 10 finishers in Chimay 10,239 p.
4th fastest: NL17-1826306 Franca: from Skittel (son Kittel VD Bulck) x Gone Wild (daughter Gigi Petrie)
5th fastest: NL16-1259522 Coco: from Feelgood (grandson Lancelot Petrie) x Painted Eye (grandchild Pigem/Golden Crown/Fast As Lightning/Edani)
6th fastest: NL17-1826289 Black Hawk: from Dark Gem (son Tornado Lambrechts) x Surin (daughter Kittel VD Bulck)
7th fastest: NL17-1826182 Sandocan: from Super Blue (son Stipo x Buddahari) x Sofie (sister Olymp. Rosita VD Bulck)
Kiki, a new champion
There are two races still to come but Marcel can already look back on a great season. Several of his pigeons showed their potential but is was racing hen NL16-1259635 Kiki in particular that really excelled this year. She is a daughter of Old Gold (inbred Superkweker) x Gold Dust (a full sister of Kittel). Kikki has been among the fastest Sangers pigeons throughout the season, claiming a top placing in numerous competitions. Time for an overview:
1st prov. ace pigeon GOU general sprint (on 27th august) 4th nat. ace pigeon middle distance ‘De Allerbeste’ (on 27th august) 4th nat. yearling ace pigeon ‘De Allerbeste’ (on 27th August) 4th prov. GOU ace pigeon middle distance 1st ace pigeon region 4 general sprint (on 27th August) 1st ace pigeon region 4 middle distance 1st ace pigeon district general sprint (on 27th August) 1st ace pigeon district middle distance 5th ace pigeon district sprint
Kiki's sisters have shown to have great potential as well:
1st Isnes 1,984 p. in 2017 (Kitty) 1st Chalons-en-Champagne 5940 p. in 2017 (Kathy)
A look at the best races of Sangers in 2017
Hapert 08-04-2017 Club 454 pigeons: 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-19 etc 83 pigeons - 39 prizes District 983 pigeons: 4-5-6-7-8-11-13-14-15-16-17 etc 83 pigeons - 39 prizes Isnes 22-04-2017 Club 510 pigeons: 1-2-3-5-6-7-8-9-10-12-15-17-19-20 etc 77 pigeons - 48 prizes District 1984 pigeons: 1-2-3-7-10-11-12-13-14-17-22-26-32-33-34 etc 77 pigeons - 56 prizes Chimay 06-05-2017 Club 496 pigeons: 2-3-4-6-8-9-10-13-14-15-16-19-21-22 etc 87 pigeons - 46 prizes District 2066 pigeons: 6-8-9-13-16-18-27-30-32-33-35-39 etc 78 pigeons - 47 prizes Vervins 20-05-2017 Club 464 pigeons: 5-10-12-13-14-15-17-18-25-26-27-28 etc 74 mee 47 prijzen Kring 1994 pigeons: 10-24-26-27-29-30-40-41-60-61-62-64-86-88-89-91-92- 93-97 etc 74 mee 56 prijzen 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 58 pigeons - 33 prizes Kring 1115 pigeons: 1-12-19-24-25-32-38-42-45-48-61-62-64-75-76-78 etc 58 pigeons - 29 prizes Regio: 3282 pigeons: 1-14-24-31-32-42-51-58-61-67 Etc 58 pigeons - 27 prizes Epernay 11-06-2017 Club 250 pigeons: 1-2-3-6-13-14-15-16-17-22-etc 31 pigeons - 19 prizes Kring 1178 pigeons: 1-2-3-17-32-33-34-35-36-44- etc 31 pigeons - 19 prizes Regio 3400 pigeons: 3-4-10-41-72-73-74-75-76 etc 31 pigeons - 23 prizes Nanteuil 17-06-2017 Club 256 pigeons: 1-5-7-8-10-11-16-17-18-20-etc. 40 pigeons - 22 prizes District 967 pigeons: 4-12-22-23-26-27-37-38-41-43-48-etc. 40 pigeons - 26 prizes Region 2,784 pigeons: 5-19-33-34-42-43-60-61-66-72-82-etc. 40 pigeons - 28 prizes And 6th Teletext Province 8 against 10,186 p. Isnes 19-08-2017 Club 442 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-8-12-14-15-16-17-18-19-21-22-26-etc. 118 pigeons - 56 prizes District 1,814 pigeons: 3-4-5-6-7-8-10-15-18-19-20-21-22-23-25-26-31-etc. 118 pigeons - 89 prizes Region 5,079 pigeons: 3-4-5-6-7-8-10-15-18-19-20-21-22-23-25-26-31-40-etc. 118 pigeons - 94 prizes Chimay 26-08-2017 Club 404 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-15-16-17-18-19-22-26-27-28-29-30-31-32-33-etc. 116 pigeons - 50 prizes District 1,798 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-17-20-21-22-23-27-33-34-36-37-38-39-etc. 116 pigeons - 77 prizes Region 5,433 pigeons: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-18-21-22-26-36-45-46-48-50-etc. 116 pigeons - 77 prizes Overall release 10,239 pigeons : 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 fastest