"From now on I pick my races no more than a week in advance", Marcel says. It tells us something about his current situation as a fancier. Marcel started with an entirely new breeding and racing team in 2014, to try and achieve new goals. "The first step is to breed many pigeons and to discover the most talented ones, simply by racing them very often. We basket them every single week instead of focusing on a number of one day long distance races, as I used to be doing. I did not have a very good start though, because I was losing too many pigeons in the 2014 young birds' season. However, I ended 2015 with a good group of youngsters that can now show their potential as one year olds in 2016. And they have been doing very well in recent weeks."
Solid results in May
The young birds of Team Sangers were particularly successful throughout the month of May. The current team of breeders consists of descendants from the most talented pigeons from previous generations. Marcel is now in the process of trying to find out which of these pigeons has actually bred successful descendants. The Sangers loft used to have nothing but top class breeders in its collection. "Making a fresh start sounds simple but it's not. So I decided not to hurry anything. I will continue to put my pigeons to the test, to try and find the most talented breeders. The following step is to focus on the next generation of youngsters, and to continue to raise the bar."
The team has been doing great in recent weeks, so their top result from Soissons was not really a surprise. Still, you can take nothing for granted in pigeon racing. We take a look at their best results over the past three weeks:
7 May Quievrain 263 km 2nd-10th-17th-27th against 1,378 p. 14 May Laon 338 km 5th-6th-7th-etc. against 377 p. 21 May Soissons 364 km 1st-3rd-9th-21st-22nd etc. against 1,743 p.
Lily wins a 1st against 1,733 p.
The winner in CC De Ijssel was the one year old hen NL15-1421103 Lily. "She is a great looking hen with a magnficent eye", says Marcel. And she has a solid pedigree as well: her sire is Hayabusa Son, a son of the outstanding Hayabusa King, winner of six first prizes in major races. The dam of Lily is Gone Wild, a direct Alwin Petrie bred from his super class hen Gigi. Gigi won two first Teletext prizes and she represented The Netherlands in the Europe Cup. You can find the full pedigree here.
Hayabusa Son; sire of Lily
Gone Wild; dam of Lily
Lilly was closely followed by NL14-1662709 Favorite, which claimed a third prize against 1,733 pigeons. This blue coloured cock had already won several early prizes in 2015 and 2016. He is a crossing of Sangers x Daan Besseling: his sire comes from Stipo, the last son of De Superkweker (winner of a 2nd NPO Bourges 7,584 pigeons) and of the exceptional hen Buddahari, 1st Ace Pigeon Northern Union against over 34,000 pigeons. These pigeons have excelled in the extreme long distance. The dam is a full sister of Euro Marseille, the only Dutch pigeon ever to be clocked from Marseille on the day of the release, at 10:44 pm. This was in 2012. Click here for the full pedigree.