This explains why veterinary surgeon Karlo Van Rompaey (35) named his latest national winner Hattrick. He clocked his winning pigeon at 15:07’57”, having covered 463.459km with a velocity of 1259.57 m/min. Hattrick turned out to be the fastest of a total of 60,041 pigeons. He had been successful in the preparatory provincial races from Gien and Sourdun, after having also won a prize in the races from Chateauroux and Montluçon earlier this season. We take a look at his palmares:
1st Nat Bourges 14,449 YL 1st Fastest from Bourges against 60,041 p. 25th Sourdun 1,398 p. 28th Reims 1,213 p. 58th Prov Montluçon 1,733 p.
Sire: Dirty Brother BE10-5025578
A full brother of Dirty Dancing (2nd Prov. Orleans 9,383 p.), Dirty Diana (2nd Prov. Chateauroux 1,962 p.) and 7th S/Nat. Chateauroux 9,026 p. He is a son of Dirty Blauwe BE07-5116243 x Dirty Mama BE05-5162133.
Dam: Leonica BE12-5057101
Comes from the lines of Verreckt-Ariën of Leonidas BE10-5110061, winner of a 2nd Prov. Bourges 2,890 p., 4th S-Nat. Vierzon 2,450 p., 6th Prov. Argenton 1,259 p. (from stock pair Leon 096-96 x Beauty Dikke 036-07) x Super Daughter Moluca BE10-51110032 (daughter of the two superior first prize winners Goede Blauwen 078-02 x Moluca 006-07).
Click here for the full pedigree of Hattrick
Karlo’s racing pigeons were apparently in good shape: the national winner had a small blood blister on his chest bone, which insiders consider to be a sign of excellent form.
It is remarkable that the hen that won the national first prize from bourges I earlier this year was bred from a cock of Verreckt-Ariën that was paired to Karlo’s old breed. Hattrick originates from exactly the opposite combination. It goes without saying that the pigeons of the old Verreckt-Ariën combination combine really well with Karlo’s breed, since they have given two national winners in 2015 alone.
We can say that Karlo is quite fond of the national race from Bourges II, which many longer middle distance fanciers consider to be the most important classic of the season. Bourges is their Barcelona. Karlo went to Bourges with a team of no less than 82 pigeons.
They performed as follows:
Bourges Prov. 2,047 yearlings: 1-17-62-136-187-191-235-267-297-307-346-358-374-398… (18/48) National 14,449 yearlings: 1… Bourges Prov. 1,347 olds: 9-10-36-48-92-103-157-195-204-205-277-286-304 (13/26) Bourges Prov. 3,425 young birds: 21-428-549 (3/10)
Karlo won a national first prize from Bourges 2005, and he has now added an additional two national first prizes from Bourges in 2015.
He has won quite a number of top 10 prizes at national level:
1st Nat. Bourges 14,449 p. (fastest of 60,041 p.) 1st Nat. Bourges 18,864 p. 1st Nat. Bourges 9,896 p. 2nd Nat. La Souterraine 4,698 p. 3rd Nat. Chateauroux 12,071 p. 3rd Nat. Chateauroux 6,005 p. 4th Nat. Bourges 13,588 p. 4th Nat Argenton 9,970 p. 4th Nat Chateauroux 6,005 p. 8th Nat. Gueret 15,007 p. 9th Nat. Argenton 7,691 p. 9th Nat. Chateauroux 5,884 p. 10th Nat. Chateauroux 6,005 p.
Those interested in the history behind this loft, the Karlo Van Rompaey pigeon breed and his most important racing birds, can reread the report that was published on PIPA earlier on (click here). He has an impressive collection of top prizes and prize winners, including two national victories and two national winners. Impressive!