Stefaan Lambrechts (Nijlen, BE) strikes again in Melun

Showing your cards (achieving great results, to be more precise) on a regular basis, that is what real champions do. Last weekend Stefaan Lambrechts felt like producing another fabulous result: he won a 1.-2.-9.-11.-12-... in Melun against 2,581 young birds.

In anticipation of the next national race, the entire racing team (no less than 173 birds) was basketed for a middle distance race from Melun, where a total of 2,581 young birds were basketed for the main competition in Union Antwerp. The race was a big success for the champion from Nijlen. See for yourself:

Melun (31/08) - 315 km - 2.581 jonge duiven

1.-2.-9.-11.-12.-13.-13.-13.-16.-17.-20.-23.-39.-40.-41.-54.-60.-61.-64.-66.-69.-70.- 71.-73.-76.-82.-84.-97.-97.-101.-104.-128.-130.-131.-134.-155.-159.-163.-164.-168.- 169.-191.-200.-202.-227.-229.-230.-234.-241.-248.-249.-254.-255.-... (105/173)

As many as 53 pigeons won a prize per ten, while 12 pigeons claimed a prize per 100. No less than 31 pigeons arrived home in just ten minutes' time. Interestingly enough, the team's 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th were among the first seven to arrive home. An eye for talent?

The familiar bloodlines at the forefront

The main bloodlines of Stefaan Lambrechts's pigeon family have developed a worldwide reputation. Over the years, such names like Lincia, Venus, top pair Blauwe Gert x Van Loockduivin and Super 188 (a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB) have been synonymous for top quality birds and great champions. And the team's best performing birds from last weekend are related to those same bloodlines as well, which goes to show that this invaluable pigeon family is still one of the leading breeds. We browse through some of their best results:

New Jaguar '004' (BE20-6014004) -1st place Melun - 2,581 young birds

New Jaguar '250' (BE20-6014250) - 2nd place Melun - 2,581 young birds

These are the gold and silver medal winners: the '004', which also claimed a 652nd Nat. Bourges of 28,551 young birds, and the '250', winner of a 76th Nat. Bourges of 28,551 young birds.

Believe it or not, these two champions have the same parents:

Sire: a direct Sylvain Verhestraeten from his star Jaguar 004 (1st Olympiad Pigeon Brussels 2017 / 5th Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2016), paired to one of Stefaan's own bloodlines, namely a daughter of Super 188 (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2013).

Dam: an inbred daughter to top class hen Ynthe (paired to her sire). Ynthe was 9th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2015 and she is a fantastic breeding hen. For instance, she is grandmother of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018, Venus.

BE20-6014047 - 9th place Melun - 2,581 young birds

This racing bird also won a 65th Nat. Zone of 9,844 pigeons / 203rd Nat. of 28,551 young birds in last week's race from Bourges.

Sire: a direct son of Super 188 (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2013) paired to Blauwe As, a great pigeon of Dirk Van Den Bulck (Broer Goede Rode x 40000 Duivin). This prestigious bloodline also bred such world class birds like Linicia (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2015), Olympic Kittel, Kittel and Rosita.

Dam: a direct Wim Storms with a 4th Nat. Chateauroux of 2,858 pigeons to her name. Her sire is a grandchild of the iconic Blauwe Gert, the stock breeder for Stefaan Lambrechts. Among his descendants are Olympic Kittel, Rosita, the dam of Kittel and Greipel, and many others.

BE20-6014123 - 11th place Melun - 2,581 young birds

Sire: a direct son of top class hen Lincia, 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2015 (1st-1st-1st-2rd-3rd-... from Souppes). Lincia was paired to a sire of another renowned pigeon: Super 188 (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2013)

Dam: a direct De Weerdt Pigeons (Breda, NL) and granddaughter of the world famous Rudy of Gaby Vandenabeele.

BE20-6014126 - 12th place Melun - 2,581 young birds

This pigeon also won an 85th Nat. Zone Bourges - 9,844 pigeons / 259th Nat. Zone Bourges - 28,551 pigeons

Sire: a brother of Vroom (9th Nat. Ace Pigeon T.B.T.B. 2012) and grandfather of Fanny, 1st prov. Blois of 6,907 pigeons for Chris Debacker

Dam: a daughter of Tornado (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2014 - 1.-1.-1.-1.-3.-... Noyon)

BE20-6014338 - 13th place Melun - 2,581 young birds

Also winner of a 70th Nat. Zone Bourges - 9,844 pigeons / 211th Nat. - 28,551 pigeons.

Sire: Late Vale (Dirk Van Den Bulck), a renowned breeder and sire/grandfather of Goed Rood 2.0 (Dutch sprint champion - 7th PIPA Ranking sprint 2018) and 856/19, an 11th Nat. Ace Pigeon longer middle distance KBDB 2019.

Dam: Nicole (Luc Vervoort, Hallaar), a great racing and breeding hen. She is the dam of 778/18 (4th best pigeon PIPA Ranking - 7 nat. races) and 356/19 (44th Nat. Chateauroux 22,545 pigeons etc.)

BE20-6014029 - 13th (Eq) place Melun - 2,581 young birds

Also winner of a 31st Nat. Bourges - 28,551 young birds

Sire: 697/15, a renowned breeder and the sire of a 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018

Dam: 926/13 - a direct Smoorenburg Smulders. She and 697/15 are also the parents of a 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018

BE20-6014307 - 13th (Eq) place Melun - 2,581 young birds

Sire: Son of a 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018 (hence a grandson of 697/15).

Dam: A daughter of top class hen Venus (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018). Venus was basketed for no more than 4 races, in which she became 6th prov. Chevrainvilliers of 5,584 pigeons, 10th prov. Chevrainvilliers of 5,197 pigeons, 3rd Melun of 548 pigeons and 4th Melun of 1,563 pigeons.

BE20-6014242 - 16th place Melun - 2,581 young birds

Sire: from a great pairing: Tornado (3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon sprint KBDB 2014 - 100% Karel Laenen) x Super 188 (2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2013)

Dam: Inbred daughter of Lincia (1st Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2015), paired to her sire.

BE20-6014511 - 17th place Melun - 2,581 young birds

Sire: a son of the world famous stock pair Blauwe Gert x Van Loock duivin. Other famous descendants are Olympic Kittel, Rosita, dam Kittel & Greipel, etc.

Dam: 407/17, a 7th Nat. Ace Pigeon shorter middle distance KBDB 2018.

Lincia, which again features prominently in the pedigrees of these champions
Blauwe Gert continues to live up to his name as stock breeder
Venus shows her talents not only as a racing but also as a breeding bird

This list of achievements is another telling example. There is still plenty to come from the golden bloodlines of the invaluable breeding loft of Stefaan Lambrechts. Last weekend we saw some very talented birds taking the race from Melun into their own hands. Perhaps, one of these prize winners might be a worthy successor to Lincia, Venus, Super 188 or even Blauwe Gert or Van Loock-duivin one day.