• Date: 11/10/2019
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judge: Jonathan Daltrey Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 18/10/2019

South Wales Kennel Association

Breed: Retriever (Labrador)

SOUTH WALES CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2019

LABRADOR RETRIEVERS

It was a memorable and fabulous day for me judging this charming breed with such kind and willing dogs that really do have a rare bond with their handlers and really enjoy their day in the show ring. Today there was a small numerical, but high quality entry where I felt that the bitches definitely had the edge over the males. I found many beautiful and typical heads and movement was generally much better than I have judged before. Tails and temperaments were exceptional, as was the continuous rounds of friendly applause after each class. I did feel, however, that coats, especially coat texture, needs looking at, as well as cleanliness. Many thanks to my stewards and to those exhibitors who chose to support me. I really did enjoy my day with you.

MINOR PUPPY DOG (2,1)

1. FLYENPYG SNOUT TO DECLARE (C M SMITH). Here was a good start to the day with a chocolate baby who has a very appealing head and eye which isn’t overdone and is totally balanced. This balance matched with his overall shape where he is compact and well-bodied for his tender age. He used his tail well on the move. He went away true using his excellent feet and pads to drive off. In profile action he just seemed a touch unsettled but has time on his side.

PUPPY DOG (7,3)

1. ANUEDIS MAN ON THE MOON [ATC AW01114ITA] (MR S T & MRS C PRAETZAS). Despite not being in his best jacket, he was a clear winner for me and show great promise for the future. A classical head shape here and he has a really wonderful dark eye. He is totally balanced in outline and is of good breed type with a lovely otter tail. He has the very best of feet, was well-muscled and really does have the most accurate and cleanest driving action going away. I liked him a lot and hope that he continues to mature on the right lines and I expect that he will have a rosy career in the ring.

2. POTTERSPINEY SILAS (MRS E YOUNG) Here was another promising youngster with a great shaped head but although very appealing, just not quite the same clean eye of the winner. I can only explain that he looked like he was wearing a touch of eye-liner, but this is only one small point at this stage in his career. He is just a fraction longer-cast but is still very balanced and has great flow in outline. I liked his attitude on the move, if perhaps not quite as steady at this stage as the winner.

3. FLYENPYG SNOUT TO DECLARE (C M SMITH).

JUNIOR DOG (2)

1. HARPITTS TRUE SPIRIT (MR M T & MISS S M BAKER & JUDD). I preferred the weight and flowing outline of this winner. He has a really great forehand, well-laid shoulders and that long and well-angulated upper arm. His movement was spot-on and he really drives away using his well-muscled quarters to advantage. He also has the most perfect expression, if today he was a touch proud of his tail at this juvenile stage in his career.

2. DAISYPATCH JELLY TOT (MRS H M & MR D CHAPMAN). Another good one here with a quite superb head shape and eye. Although well-proportioned on the stack, I just felt that he was carrying a tad too much weight which affected his movement, which although ultra-true was a touch sluggish.

GRADUATE DOG (5,1)

1. MAFIA LAB'S TABOO WEBSTER AT BALLADOOLE JW (MISS K DRUGGAN). A different head type here but pleasing in balance and with a dark expressive eye. I particularly liked his flowing outline, great shoulders and firm top-line. He really used himself on the move, if a touch proud of his tail.

2. DAISYPATCH JELLY TOT (MRS H M & MR D CHAPMAN).

3. HARPITTS MINNIE MACK JW (MR M T & MISS S M BAKER & JUDD)

POST GRADUATE DOG (5)

1. HALSHIMOOR PITCH BATTLE AT SHANORRELL JW (MR & MRS M & MISS L & MR & MRS D RAWLINSON & BALSHAW). Heading an excellent class, this young dog really did appeal to me today. I loved his masculine head, which is so balanced and with no hint of coarseness. He has such a keen expression and has great presence and personality. He has superb flow from head to tail and is so free and very accurate coming and going and he used his superbly muscled quarters to real advantage covering the ground with positive forward reach and great propulsion. He was in tip-top, hard condition with a good textured coat and he has a strong top-line. He also has a perfect tail-set and a lovely otter tail which he uses to advantage. I was delighted to award him what I am now told is his first CC after several reserve Challenge Certificates this season. I do hope that he continues his winning ways and makes it to the top. In the challenge for Best of Breed, he was determined to play the joker and unfortunately paid the price.

2. LLANSTINAN LOUIS LEWIS BOWSTONES (MRS A M BRITTON). Another quite stunning youngster here, screaming breed type and so close up in the competition. I loved him too, particularly his outstanding head and perfect eye. He carries himself well and is full of quality. He was just that little bit less animated but I am positive that these two will have real battles going forward. I was delighted to award him the Reserve Certificate, not his first, I also now gather. I am sure that he too will go on to great things in the breed.

3. LINJOR RIGSBY JW (L HARVEY-MAJOR)

LIMIT DOG (7,1)

1. A SENSE OF PLEASURE'S EL TORO AT BALLADOOLE JW (IMP DEU) (MISS K DRUGGAN). This dog headed a class of very mixed movers. He scored for me in breed type and for size with an excellent top-line, tail-set and otter tail itself. He also has the perfect feet with great pads. He moved perfectly true coming and in side-gait if a touch closer than ideal going away.

2. SANDYLANDS OVER THE MOON TO LUDALOR J W (MRS TOOTH). Another lovely type with a great head. A sound mover but I felt that he was carrying just a tad too much weight and was the consummate ‘fidget’ and hard to really get to grips with.

3. POTTERSPINEY HIDALGO (MRS E YOUNG)

OPEN DOG (11,6)

1. CARPENNY PRIMO (MRS P CARPANINI). I am going to use that old adage here….’this dog really took my eye’….for he surely did! He simply screams ‘look at me’ and has that wonderful flowing outline which is borne out by his near perfect construction with lovely angles fore and aft. In hard condition, he moved true in all directions and holds his top-line (which won him the class) over an equally exciting dog in second spot. In good jacket of the correct texture, he was close up in my book for top honours, he really did impress me a lot.

2. INT CH DOLBIA TANGERINE [ATC AU01588PRT] (DR P & S-L HERMANUTZ). Until the winner appeared, I really thought this dog was my winner as he too has great quality and a truly mesmerising head and expression. He was presented and handled to perfection and is a great mover who cannot be ignored. He just wasn’t quite as firm in top-line as the winner but he appealed immensely in many, many ways.

3. POTTERSPINEY RICHOCHET (MRS E YOUNG)

VETERAN DOG (2,1)

1. INT/UK/LCD/VDH/DRC/NL/B/LUX/HR/AT CH BLACKSUGAR LUIS MULITJCH (MR S T & MRS C PRAETZAS). A GOOD SHAPE TO THIS DOG. He holds a very good top-line, has excellent depth of fore-chest and perfect feet. I liked his classic head shape too. On the move he was just that little bit closer than ideal going away but showed animation and some ground coverage.

GOOD CITIZEN DOG SCHEME (DOG) (2,1)

1. FLYENPYG PORKY PIG JW (C M SMITH). Reserve in the good Post Graduate class, he has a pleasing head and expression, holds a good top-line and moved away with precision and style. He was not in his best jacket today and appeared on the stack just a touch out in front for me.

MINOR PUPPY BITCH (4,1)

1. LINJOR SANSA (L-HARVEY-MAJOR). My notes say: ‘F.A.B.’ and fabulous she most definitely was today. At her very first show she marched into the ring commanding to be looked at and then she put on the performance of a seasoned professional. Not often do you see such a baby with the ‘wow’ factor in bucket loads, but I did, most definitely, today. She is ultra-feminine, ultra- compact, wonderfully put together and her movement was faultless. Judging her on the day, as should always be the case, and although pushed hard by the older Puppy Bitch and the Puppy dog in the challenge, I had absolutely no hesitation and I was delighted to award her BPIB, well done!

2. KEENINSPIRES MOON AND STARS (MRS S PERKINS). Another wonderful feminine head here and another ultra-true mover. She has a super body, just a touch longer cast, but maintaining her balance, I predict another rosy future for this exciting future prospect.

3. FLYENPYG SNOUT BUT THE BEST (C M SMITH)

PUPPY BITCH (7,1)

1. CHYANHAL TREVOSE OF TREWINNARD (MRS L J KENT). What a lovely head shape and superb eye to this youngster who has everything in exactly the right place. She has a lovely front assembly, a very good top-line and a very good tail and super tight and well-padded feet. She is not the flashiest of bitches but she won this class on front action over another extremely appealing bitch that initially I really did think was my winner. She is another youngster with what I predict will be a rosy future.

2. FOXRUSH TIME AND AGAIN (MRS J CHARLTON). This yellow baby, on first impression, really did hit me between the eyes. She is so full of breed type and has perhaps one of the best female heads that I have seen. Well balanced in her mature body, she moved away with great propulsion but alas lost this class with her untidy front action which was a great pity.

3. SERENGOCH'S CHEVROLET (AI) (MISS K L JONES)

JUNIOR BITCH (6,1)

1. WARRINGAH'S WIRRABARA AT TIMOURON (MRS C & MR D ALLEN). Despite this being a very good class, this young black bitch was for me a clear winner. The ‘fore-hand’ of the day here, which she really uses to easily eat up the ground on the move. I really liked her head shape and her dark and intelligent eye. She has great feet, a firm top-line, excellent body proportions, very good otter tail and perfect tail-set. Her coat and coat texture were text-book. She was so very balanced, so accurate and stylish on the move that I had no hesitation in awarding her the Reserve Certificate in very strong company.

2. DAISYPATCH TUTTI FRUTTI (MRS H M & MR D CHAPMAN). Another very good youngster with another very feminine and correct head. She has a lovely flow of neck into well-laid shoulders and was ultra-true on the move. I felt that she was carrying enough weight for my taste.

3. TRENDLEWOOD DAY DREAMING (MISS R & MRS J MILLS)

YEARLING BITCH (7,1)

1. CARPENNY PHILLY (MRS P CARPANINI). This juvenile really scored for me for super type and wonderful flow, and I am not surprised to now learn that she is a daughter of my Open Dog winner, and many similar remarks apply. Ultra-feminine and in super condition, she has a lovely head, top-line, tail and excellent feet. I considered her for top honours.

2. TRENDLEWOOD DAY DREAMING (MISS R & MRS J MILLS). Third in the previous good class, she appeals in different ways to the winner. Just a touch stronger in expression, she has great flow in outline and is a very true mover and was handled to advantage.

3. WILLOWRUSH KERSEY DUSK AT SERENJAR (MRS F H JONES)

GRADUATE BITCH (13,1)

1. ALLENIE'S TAMPA BAY D'ORTA (MR A C & MRS L ALLEN & HESS). This bitch headed a really good class numerically and quality-wise. I liked this winner for type, head and outline. She is very well-bodied, and she holds a firm top-line. Her heads is feminine, typical and has no coarseness. She was handled to perfection and moved with accuracy and precision.

2. TESSHOLLY'S JESSICA JW (MISS MJ MORGAN). This bitch wasn’t, on first perusal for me, I thought, going to figure in the placing. She is however, incredibly well put together and on detailed inspection, she pleased me in many ways. A different and more substantially made type, she is correct in so many departments. Her head is classical and she moved so very soundly and true in all directions. In good jacket, she held herself well and took a good second spot here.

3. HARROP LADY BLACKSTAR (MRS M J GREENWOOD)

POST GRADUATE BITCH (10,6)

1. TREWINNARD PICCADILLY (MRS L J KENT). My notes say: ‘wow, what a head!, for this one really does send shivers up and down one’s spine. I thought that she was absolutely beautiful, so very feminine and so unexaggerated. She has a wonderful outline and she is a picture of total balance. She moved with completely true action, she held her top-line, has a perfect tail, tail-set and carriage and looks like she’s entering her ‘prime’. It’s not often that you find exactly what you’re looking for, but today I did and for me, she fits the breed standard so very well, that I was delighted to award her the Bitch Challenge Certificate, her first, I am told, along with Best of Breed. I was even more delighted to be told that she too is a daughter of the lovely Open Dog winner.

2. BOWSTONES WINDCHIME (MRS A M BRITTON). Another very exciting one here. I loved her head, expression and total balance. She is well-ribbed, compact and has excellent feet. She moved at a steady pace and was accurate in every direction. Close up to the winner, I expect that she will have a very good future ahead.

3. LEMBAS FAITH AT SERENJAR (MRS F H JONES).

LIMIT BITCH (10,1)

1. CLASSICAL ACT AT FOXRUSH JW (MRS J CHARLTON). I really liked the compact and balanced outline of this bitch. She has a super head, feminine and typical and a soft and intelligent dark eye. She flows well from head to tail and moved well enough to win this class where I thought that she and the second stood away.

2. WARRINGAH'S GULWARRA JW (MR D COODE). A truly great forehand on this slightly rangier bitch. She really extends on the move and she too impressed for head, balance and type. She was accurate, handled sympathetically and was close up to the winner.

3. CHADFRITH AZULEJOS (MR F & MRS J M AUTEY)

OPEN BITCH ((10,1)

1. SH CH ARROWMOY FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK FARNFIELD (IKC) (MR R A S STAFFORD JP). I am delighted to see that this bitch has fulfilled the very early promise that I spotted at her first weekend of showing when I chose her BOB and then awarded her the adult and puppy Gundog Groups. She has a really great head and a lovely expression, is really well-coupled, and was carrying just the right amount of weight. She holds a strong top-line, has a good otter tail, moves with reach and drive and is in hard, well-muscled condition. She was close up for the main awards.

2. LEMBAS CRACKLING ROSIE JW ((MR C J & MRS C E MILLS). Here was another exceptional head with a super dark and expressive eye. She has the perfect top-line, an excellent tail and fantastic feet. Her outline is easy and free-flowing and she has good depth and moves ultra- true and with style. She pushed the winner all the way. I liked her a lot.

3. WARRINGAH'S GURLEY JW (MR D COODE).

VETERAN BITCH (2)

1. RICHBOURNE SIGNATURE TUNE OF TIAJA (MRS J A WALLACE). A very stylish 10 year old who must have been quite something in her prime. I loved her for breed type. She is classically feminine and has a lovely head and a superb eye colour and expression. She moved true and with precision.

2. LINJOR MAGNOLIA AT JAYBEC (MISS R & MRS J MILLS). Here was another very good bitch who was very unlucky to meet the older one is such good form. I just didn’t think that she had quite the fluidity of front action of the winner but she holds a good outline both stood and on the move.

GOOD CITIZEN DOG SCHEME (BITCH) (3)

1. KILMAINHAM SAOIRSE OF QUINTE (MR J & MRS L STATTS). A lovely head and outline. Holding a strong top-line this bitch really extended on the move to take the class.

2. LUNARPET SWEET HONEYSUCKLE (MR P J & MRS J A WHITE). Another good head to this bitch that ticks many of the boxes, moving true, I felt that today she couldn’t quite match the winner for front extension.

3. FLYENPYG SNOUT BUT THE BEST (C M SMITH)

JONATHAN B DALTREY (JUDGE)