Always on the lookout for new bloodlines we could not ignore the whispers around Belgium and the Netherlands in the early years of the Millennium about the super results of Anton Reynaert and his daughter Hilde from Passendale in West Flanders.
Mike Ganus, Peter Colijn and myself visited Anton and Hilde Reynaert in the Autumn of 2004 and although nothing was available from De Figo’ or his parents I did buy a 2003 yearling cock from their race team bred from De Keizer a brother of Figo and this yearling cock hit the Bulls Eye for us straight away.
We could only place our name down on a waiting list for future direct children of ‘De Figo’ but could only order two a year so we placed a recurring order for two every year starting as soon as possible the year after in 2004.
Over time this resulted in a fine cross section of the ‘Figo’ bloodline and although not all were great (that is normal) some to out to be great and one in particular a 2006 late bred ‘Outlaw’ was head and shoulders ahead of the others and he became one of the very best cocks ever to breed with us at Syndicate Lofts.
The faith in this bloodline was later confirmed in no small way by the world renowned Dutch flier Kees Bosua winning 1st & 2nd NATIONAL from ‘LE MANS’ 2005 against 99.104 pigeons …and with two fastest pigeons out of 120.936 participating pigeons winning the first prize with ‘De Kerkduifje’ and also in 2005 her full brother ‘Kannibaal’ won 1st Olympiade Ace Pigeon All Round in Porto. These two real supers were bred from ‘De Kleine Figo’ a 2002 bred full brother to ‘De Figo’. The impressive thing was Kees Bosua already had super pigeons and for a new line to make such a difference it had to be very special.
It was also a bit of luck that we actually had ‘Outlaw’ breeding with us in the first place. This was the time that Premier Stud was being established and they also wanted some directs from ‘Figo’ to compliment their fine team of Kees Bosua pigeons, however obtaining them was not so easy as we had found out. I met my good friend Brian Bolton who was sourcing the birds for ‘Mr Sparks the owner of Premier Stud and Brian knew from Father and Daughter Reynaert that I had my name down for two children of ‘Figo’ for that year , and Brian asked if I would let them buy one of my two. As Brian is a friend I agreed that they could select the cock and I would take the hen.
Brian subsequently visited the Reynaert’s when the nest pair was ready and selected the cock as agreed and I had the hen. It turned out they were nest mate cocks so we both had cocks. The nest mate to ‘Outlaw’ also went on to become a sensational breeder at Premier Stud and was named ‘Opera House’.
It seamed that almost every other month the ‘Figo’ line was proving to be of exceptional breeding value and non was less striking than BE08-3172902 ‘De Super Prins’ of Gino Clique one of the best middle distance pigeons ever raced in Belgium winning 2nd National Ace KBDB himself and responsible for a golden line of National Ace winning offspring and once again having the incredible ‘Figo’ bloodline in its full glory inbred all through his pedigree.
We originally paired ‘Outlaw’ to children of ‘Drum’ and his first mate was ‘Kirsty’ the nest sister of ‘Genie’ and in their first nest bred NL08-3857218 ‘Lewis’ and he won 14th Dutch National Ace Middle Distance of the Netherlands with his record of results: *9th NPO Sezanne 18.733 b *45th NPO Creil 14.323 b *96th NPO Sens 19.395 b *116th NPO Creil 11.056 b *167th NPO Pithiviers 11.790 b *162nd NPO Chateauroux 6.717 b *1st Sezanne 324 b ~ 1st Fed 1296 b ~ 6th Combine 4376 b *1st Creil 293 b ~ 1st Fed 860 b ~ 3rd Combine 3511 b *1st Creil 289 b ~ 4th Fed 1193 b ~ 17th Combine 4719 b *1st Creil 281 b ~ 3rd Fed 1011 b ~ 50th Combine 1736 b *2nd Creil 268 b ~ 8th Fed 834 b ~ 27th Combine 3320 b *3rd Sens 286 b ~ 11th Fed 986 b ~ 21st Combine 4337 b *3rd Creil 261 b ~ 10th Fed 1087 b ~ 17th Combine 4351 b *4th Morlincourt 414 b ~ 14th Fed 1637 b ~ 50th Combine 6767 b *4th Creil 307 b ~ 8th Fed 938 b ~ 39th Combine 4019 b *4th Pithiviers 172 b ~ 10th Fed 681 b ~ 30th Combine 2592 b *7th Sens 240 b ~ 13th Fed 1095 b ~ 51st Combine 3506 b *9th Creil 247 b ~ 34th Fed 962 b *9th Sens 374 b ~ 16th Fed 1342 b ~ 41st Combine 5173 b *10th Nijvel 485 b ~ 34th Fed 1513 b *12th Creil 573 b ~ 20th Fed 2250 b ~ 26th Combine 8157 b.
Not a bad start!! And ‘Lewis’ went on to be a very useful breeder as well with good winners still reported through his offspring …in fact Dean Cartmell of Worcester won 1st Heart of England Federations Frome Race in July 2022 against 1453 birds by 55 ypm with a cock that had already taken 16 club cards and 10 x fed top 10 cards , bred from a daughter of ‘Lewis’.
Then we coupled ‘Outlaw’ to daughters of ‘The Young Couple’ and then it really started … I can use many superlatives to describe the winners that came from them like ‘Hit The Bullseye’ or ‘Hit The Jackpot’… but it does not nearly describe the winners at every level down to six and seven generation’s and over fifteen years later …..’Foxy Lady’…’Foxy Girl’ …’Renegade’ …’Pensylvania 65000′ of Garry Inkley’..’The Mad Hatter Hen’ of Mark Gilbert… ‘Bandit’…’The Bonny Hen’ a real super breeding hen and dam of amongst many others ‘Basil ‘The Racing Machine’ ..the famous pair ‘Outlaw x Rowen’… ‘Lady King’ winner of: *3rd NPO Mantes La Jolie 4.354b (1st Club 261b) (2nd Sect. 1.104b) *54th Nat.NPO Orleans 14.392b (6th Fed 945b)(17th Sect. 3.421b) *86th Nat.NPO Bourges 10.590b (1st Club 134b) (21st Sect. 2.245b) *124th National NPO Argenton 8.338 b (39th Sect 1.804b) *215th Nat.NPO Sezanne 18.733b (23rd Sect 1.296b)*22nd St.Quentin 6.876b *26th St.Quentin 1.811b*39th St.Quentin 7.254b …The ‘Mata Hari Hen’…and many, many more that we have no hope of documenting accurately and in fact the results are way more successful today so many generations and so many years later…evidence of a true pre potent breeding line.
Some bloodlines are successful for crossing but most of the time they are not, however we have retained some prime specimens and some truly incredible individuals to retain this DNA as close to the source as possible.
It is now time to move the line forward with a new cross to give us another 10 to 15 years and we are 100% certain this will be by using children of the Thomas 6 (Grandson Romario) now owned by Mike Ganus and becoming a world breeder very quickly when he is paired to daughters of Romario.
This bloodline is derived from ‘Mattens’ x ‘Sissi’ and ‘Josef’ , again both very potent lines over many years at the highest level and totally compatible with the ‘Outlaw’ and ‘Young Couple’ genes. We can only thank Mike for his skill and ability in his selection process for picking out these individuals.
Anticipation of more winners…why we love this great sport!