André Roodhooft (Pulderbos, BE): 1st Nat. La Souterraine - 9,469 olds & 9 x top 100!

The king of Antwerp strikes again, this time from the national release site in La Souterraine. He not only claimed the national first prize old birds, André also had as many as 9 pigeons in the national top 100. This is quite an impressive result for the team from Pulderbos!

We can always expect exceptional results when writing about André Roodhooft and his - no doubt about that - team of champions. We talked about racing bird 276 (BE18-6230276) just two weeks ago; this pigeon already has four national top 100 places to his name in the national longer middle distance in two years' time, having won a 7th-10th-23rd-85th-...

But today's article is about their exceptional result in last weekend's La Souterraine. André had basketed 17 old birds and 23 yearlings, and as many as 9 of them finished in the national top 100! The results are nothing short of impressive:

  • 9,469 old birds: 1st-10th-27th-28th-58th-76th-174th-272nd-299th-341st-364th-539th-585th-823rd-... (16/17), including 6 pigeons per 100 and 14 pigeons per 10!
  • 15,939 yearlings: 17th-95th-100th-407th-554th-605th-692nd-782nd-885th-920th-926th-1185th-1321st-1378th-... (20/23), with 3 pigeons per 100 and 14 pigeons per 10.

They had as many as 28 pigeons with a national prize per ten on 40 basketed birds. Dazzling numbers.

Besides, racing bird 276 finished in 585th place national of 9,469 pigeons, claiming yet another excellent result per 10.

New Tom - BE18-6230263 - 1st Nat. La Souterraine (9,469 old birds)

The national winner in La Souterraine is New Tom, a great looking racing cock with an excellent palmares. We take a look at his list of achievements so far:

  • 1st Nat. La Souterraine - 9,469 pigeons
  • 20th prov. Argenton - 2,579 pigeons
  • 46th prov. Issoudun - 2,147 pigeons
  • 236th Nat. Bourges - 23,195 pigeons
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The sire is a successful breeder from the renowned Tom bloodline of André Roodhooft: he originates from stock breeder 691/05, a full brother of Tom (1st Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp 2006 / 2nd Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp 2005 - sire of Olympiad Pigeon Belgium's Best and of 't Gueretje, winner of a 1st Nat. Gueret), and brother of Nestpender (another 1st Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp).

The dam is a direct Dirk Van Dijck from a son of Di Caprio (Leo Heremans) x a grandchild De Leeuw (Marcel Wouters).

And that sums up a few of of the best bloodlines you can find in Pulderbos.

Pedigree New Tom (BE18-6230263) - 1st Nat. La Souterraine

The other 8 top 100 finishers deserve a mention as well:

BE18-6230003 - 10th Nat. La Souterraine - 9,469 old birds

An outstanding racing hen! She was 7th best Ace Pigeon PIPA Ranking in 2019 (7 races). She is a granddaughter of the successful racing bird and stock breeder Tom from her father's side. In other words, the sire is also a half brother of Belgium's Best and a full brother of Gueretje (1st Nat. Gueret).

The dam is a crossing of the best bloodlines of Engels (from the old line 231) x Hofkens (line of Ace 130).

BE18-6230013 - 27th Nat. La Souterraine - 9,469 old birds

This talented racing bird, and winner of a 27th Nat. La Souterraine, originates from the same parents as national winner New Tom! In other words, he originates from the renowned lines of Tom (through stock breeder 691/05) x Di Caprio/De Leeuw (Heremans x Wouters).

BE18-6230356 - 28th Nat. La Souterraine - 9,469 old birds

This racing cock is a full brother of a 2nd Nat. Chateauroux (12,855 pigeons). The sire is top breeder 130/06 (2nd Ace Pigeon Union Antwerp 2006) Engels x Hofkes (through Nelles Van De Pol).

The dam is an inbred granddaughter of stock breeder Tom (son x sister).

BE18-6230257 - 58th Nat. La Souterraine - 9,469 old birds

This hen is a daughter of Belgium's Best (Olympiad pigeon Budapest yearlings 2015 / 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2014). Her sire is a half brother of stock breeder Tom.

BE18-6230332 - 76th Nat. La Souterraine - 9,469 old birds

This is another grandson of top breeder Tom. The dam is Sandra (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2015) of Hofkens x Diels.

BE19-6073019 - 17th Nat. La Souterraine - 15,939 yearlings

This talented racing bird is also a grandson of top breeder Tom (from his mother's side). The sire (through Nelle Van De Pol) is a crossing of the Oude bloodline 231 Engels x the line of Tom (Hofkens).

BE19-6073171 - 95th Nat. La Souterraine - 15,939 yearlings

A 100% Hofkens (through Nelles Van De Pol). The sire is a brother of a 1st Nat. La Souterraine 2014 (18,591 young birds). The dam was an 18th Ace Pigeon PIPA ranking (7 Nat. races longer middle distance) and 1st Ace Pigeon long distance club 2001 (longer middle distance 2019).

BE19-6073118 - 100th Nat. La Souterraine - 15,939 yearlings

The sire comes from a half brother of Tom x a hen of the old Marseille bloodline of De Rauw-Sablon / Marcel Aelbrecht.

The dam is a 100% Leo Heremans (through Verreyckt-Meeusen).

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André Roodhooft in his lofts, holding his national winner New Tom

André Roodhooft is really having a great season, winning national top results one after another. We were occasionally lost for words when trying to describe his achievements, especially last weekend. And we have been equally impressed with the legacy of his already legendary breeding bird Tom, whose bloodline can be found in 8 of the 9 top 100 finishers in La Souterraine. This is clearly an exceptional strain. It goes without saying that André's season is already a great success across the board, and that after just a few weeks of racing.