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Birmingham National 15 Judge
AIREDALE BIRMINGHAM NATIONAL 15
Judge: Mr Andrew H Brace
BEST OF BREED : 6854 JACKSON, Mrs O K & SWASH Mrs M Jokyl Simply Red
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AIREDALE JUDGE BIRMINGHAM NATIONAL 15
I found awarding CCs in the breed for the first time something of a challenge. I well remember stewarding for Mrs Halford at Olympia when the breed was packed with upstanding males who were on their toes vying for supremacy. Obviously today there are nothing like the numbers there were in those days but I found several dogs who had excellent physical qualities to be a little dull & flat in their attitude. That said, I was well pleased with my winners.
1 Jackson & Swash’s Jokyl Truly Noble, 7 months well grown & full of promise. Quality head, keen eye, excellent overall balance, well angulated front & rear, nicely ribbed, firm backline. Elegant neck, promising coat. Moves true behind, just needs to tighten in front. Shows a lot of promise. BP.
1 Callon & Callon-Winn’s Sonorra Christmas Cracker from Russtam, beautifully balanced & all of a piece, 15 months & very much on his toes. Excellent head & expression with well set & carried ears, keen eye & good strength of muzzle. Very well coupled with good length of neck, firm backline & straight front. Moderately angulated throughout but sometimes can straighten a little behind. Correct coat texture well presented. Moves well behind but needs to collect his front. He was the male on the day who gave me the most impressive overall picture, hence his first CC;
2 Lee’s Stargus Black Sabre, 14 months & although a bigger framed dog than 1 not quite as well bodied at the moment. The eye & expression of 1 had a little more appeal but he makes a very striking overall picture when set up. Again needs to tighten in front but he has wonderful style in profile & uses his rear well. Excellent coat quality & steady character;
3 Burkin’s Nedella Flash Opal.
1 Hampton & Hall’s Muliebrity Symphony, just out of Junior so not fully mature & needing a little more bodyweight but he is a very correctly made dog. Excellent head profile, if a little cheeky, very well coupled with good bone & rib, pleasing coat texture, moved freely in profile.
A very difficult class.
1 Lee’s Autograph Warrior for Stargus, coat texture could be harsher & he could be a little more settled on the move but he was really on his toes, has lots of attitude, a very pleasing head & expression, is good to go over, very well balanced, short coupled with a striking outline that he never loses;
2 Gray’s Oaksteaire The Maestro at Grayaire, another who was on his toes & made the best of himself. Very well balanced head, not as firm in topline as 1 or as well let down behind. Moved reasonably well;
3 Collins’ Colldale The Hero.
1 Gregg’s Ch/Ir/Int Ch Bambusa Most Noble, upstanding & all male with a natural stallion bearing. Quality head, powerful elegant neck, firm backline, plenty of angulation & used it on the move. Coat could have been in better shape & I found the CC winner to be that but more compact but still won the class comfortably. RCC;
2 Jackson & Swash’s Jokyl The Party Line, could have pushed much harder if he’d had more attitude & projected himself better. Excellent head type, very well put together, nicely bodied & excellent coat. Not quite the croup & tailset of 1 & could be a little tidier in front;
3 Vickers’ Catch Me If You Can at Jodean.
1 Brown’s Jokyl Noble Princess for Oceanaire, 7 months, excellent overall type, well balanced head with well set & carried ears, but eye could be a little neater. Excellent outline, good angles front & back, promising coat, moved quite well.
1 Lee’s Basidale Blythe Spirit of Stargus, 17 months, full of quality, very appealing head & expression, powerful, cleanly arched neck, good bone & rib, ample angulation, in good coat well presented, moved with style. Just needs to mature & then should coast through to her title. RCC;
2 Morris’ Nedella Flame Opal, just out of Puppy & giving a lot away in age. Good basic head type, promising coat but not as firm in topline as 1 or as dropped into her rear, moved quite well.
1 Hampton & Hall’s Muliebrity Harmony, very smart youngster with lots of quality. Lovely head & expression, excellent balance of outline, fit & hard. Well set tail, moderate angulation, moved with animation, just needs to settle in front. Promising coat;
2 Eastall’s Brisline Born In The USA for Daedal, very handsome bitch, loved her forehand but just wish her tail wasn’t so tight as it detracts from the overall picture. Beautiful head & expression, really well bodied, quality coat beautifully presented & moved steadily;
3 Haly’s Vivavick Tittletattle.
1 Keay’s Jaymitch Jaunty Panachon, very balanced & one of the best movers in the entry, being so much truer coming on than most. Clean skull, typical expression, well boned & ribbed, sensibly presented;
2 Gregg’s Bambusa Silk Ribbons, more necky & streamlined than 1 & has lots to like, a little cheekier than 1 but otherwise the head pleases. Very correctly angulated, well boned & ribbed, topline a little softer than 1 & she needs to tighten in front. Could have cooperated more on the move;
3 Collins’ Colldale Hope And Glory.
1 Jackson & Swash’s Jokyl Simply Red, not a dramatic kind of bitch but so very correct in every respect, feminine head, keen expression, beautifully clean outline, so well balanced with optimum angulation front & back, well bodied with good ribbing & in excellent coat. Stood her ground & moved steadily. Won her first CC & BOB comfortably & should title with ease.
ANDREW H BRACE