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First win of 2019 for Rik Cools (Ruiselede, BE): 1st & 3rd prov. Châteauroux

Last year, Rik Cools basketed 35 pigeons for Châteauroux. As many as 32 of them were able to claim an interprovincial top prize, including a 1st and 2nd of 2,714 old birds.

Rik also competed in this year's race from Châteauroux, and he managed to claim another first prize in the old birds' race: a 1st Prov. Châteauroux against 3,231 pigeons!

Rik Cools has covered quite a lot of mileage as a fancier. Marieke, Molleke, Carla, Lady Messi and Christa are just a few of the great stars that have lived in this loft. This is a very strong pigeon breed that is run by a highly experienced fancier who keeps only his very best birds on board. His approach has led to great results in races ranging from 400 to 600km. And he delivered again in last week's race from Châteauroux, claiming a first prize of 3,231 old birds, as well as a 3rd place of 3,472 yearlings.

1st prov. Châteauroux old birds

It was racing bird BE17-3048383 that added another victory to Rik's impressive palmares, taking the win with a velocity of 1936.97 m/min. This hen is a daughter of Son Bolleke x Brother Marieke, paired to a full sister of a 2nd prov. Chateauroux. In other words, we were not surprised that this bird has what it takes to take the lead in a race. Click here for her full pedigree.

BE17-3048383, 1st prov. Châteauroux old birds

3rd prov. Châteauroux yearlings

Fellow racing bird BE18-3035123 was almost just as successful as her teammate; she earned a podium spot as 3rd prov. of 3,472 yearlings. And her pedigree is quite something as well. She is related to Bambino from her father's side, and he has an 8th nat. Châteauroux on his palmares. She is also related to Gerarda of Chris Debacker from her mother's side. Click here for the full pedigree.

You can tell that Rik has had a splendid start to the new racing season. We look forward to see what else the champions of team Cools have in store for us!