• Show Date: 10/12/2022
  • Show Type: Championship Show
  • Judged by: Jill Cross Contact Judge
  • Published Date: 28/07/2023

Ladies Kennel Association

Breed: Saluki

My thanks to the LKA for this appointment and to the exhibitors for such a lovely entry overall where I was really spoilt for choice in some of the classes. I was looking for hounds which were fit for purpose, were elegant, balanced and fitted the closely Breed Standard, those that could move with that fleetness of foot that only Saluki’s can achieve.

My overall impressions were that the breed has some very good hounds of quality, however there were just one or two with poor fronts & lack of infill, weak pasterns which showed up clearly on the move, lack of depth & poor movement; having said that the winners were of quality and some decisions were difficult but it is on the day and I thank everyone for their acceptance of placings with good grace.

PD (6 Entries) Abs: 1

A lovely class of youngsters all at different stages in their development but with time on their side.

1st: Campling’s Classicus Faizan golden/bl fringed red parti of 11 months smart lad, and is so very well balanced throughout. Nice male head with decent amount of stop, oval hazel eye with good expression, backskull & foreface in proportion & very good underjaw, good scissor bite. Lovely length of neck to well-placed shoulder, excelled in front & rear for soundness, slight slope to pastern & good feet, lovely body, depth & strong loin, lightly feathered tail, moved very well in this class just converging nicely with little effort, and holding his outline well.

2nd: Littlechild’s Ravensett Musarra, at just 8 months not quite as mature, very similar in colouring to the first, this one displayed a lovely clean outline, masculine yet elegant in head with slightly less stop, dark eye, good length to his neck to well-placed shoulder, still needs to fill-in slightly but has a good straight front, good for depth & ribbing, strong in loin with good quarters, moved well in the class & showed good promise.

3rd: Coyle’s Wazifi Alkim Adim

PGD (3 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: De Souza & Woodgate’s Luachmhar Jalil, elegant & refined black with tan markings, such an attractive male who was gleaming with condition, lean head of balance, good length of neck, hands flow over his body very well, strong in loin, moderate angulation with good muscle. Still needs time to mature but has appeal, light effortless movement.

2nd: Martin’s Mumtaz Pallas For Stalwart, black/silver markings quite different in look to 1 & of much stronger appearance, male in head slightly stronger in backskull, liked his shoulder placement & strong front, good ribs & depth, good over his topline, good feet, moved reasonably well but would benefit with more conditioning for the show ring.

3rd: Harrison’s Khamsin's Phoenix at Charrioak

LD (2 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: Smithson & Thorsteinson’s, Porsteinn Sunnusteins Safaniyah Jamiil Chisobee, very smartly presented black tri-colour with white/tan markings, strong all through with tremendous muscle tone, lean noble head with dark eye & good expression, strong jaw, good length to his neck into flowing shoulderline, straight front, good pastern & feet, good depth to body although a tad too long maybe, strong loin, moderate quarters, absolutely powered around the ring but with a lightness, deserved his win here.

2nd:DeSouza & Woodgate’s Caryna Taivoa, silver grizzle who I thought would be my winner on first impressions, loved his head, expression & dark eye, neat shoulder, straight front, lovely depth & topline, super strength to his loin, lightly feathered, presented well but just didn’t get the reach I was looking for on the move today and was hesitant on the slippy surface which affected the flow of movement.

OD (13 Entries) Abs: 3

What a class! Really splitting hairs here, all very worthy and a testament of quality to the breed in general.

1st: Copperthwaite’s Ch AlCaliphs Anjal Bey at 8 years old this elegant lightly feathered cream stood out for breed type & quality, put a Saluki in your mind’s eye & you will probably come up with something like this. Elegant yet masculine, lean yet strong, well made throughout, conditioned to perfection, moved as light as a feather with good balanced movement that was lifting, swift & controlled, quite classic – Dog CC

2nd: Harding & Cowley’s Ch Classicus Odysseus at Ashahni, stunningly handsome tallish deer grizzle, again conditioned to perfection with lovely ear fringes, classic type & construction, forehand construction & rear just right, bone, body & ribs just right, lightly feathered, shown in superb condition & again has that extra on the move with soundness & grace combined, Res.CC

3rd: Campling’s Ch Classicus Octavius

VD/B (3 Entries) Abs: 0

A lovely class

1st: Garratt & Oakey’s, Ch Caryna Neferti JW Sh.CM, most beautiful elegant cream, feminine with good pigment, supple neck of strength to perfectly laid shoulder, good fill-in front elbows held well, correct for bone, good feet, deep brisket, lovely strength to loin & well angled quarters, low set tail, lightly feathered, moves like a dream with easy light strokes across the ring, was close to the top awards. Best Veteran 

2nd: Davies & Harrison’s Charrioak Sheerzam JW cream of very similar proportions & look to 1 & very good in neck, shoulder, front assembly, lovely depth, angled quarters, moved well here, elegant all through, a nice bitch, couldn’t believe she was 9!

3rd: Haddon’s Ch Amal Hayati Ohdedar El Azizi Fuadi Of Ilsham TAF

PB (6 Entries) Abs: 1

Class of promising youngsters.

1st: Sanders Parker’s Classicus Felicitas, very pretty & appealing red/white parti with a quality & balance to her head, dark oval eye giving good expression, perfect balance to body, excels in front & rear, superbly conditioned, moved effortlessly across the ring with perfect foot placement. She is litter sister to the puppy dog winner; how proud this breeder must be. Best Puppy

2nd: Cole’s Wazifi Aletta Ablaa elegant cream of finer appearance & at a different stage of development still needing to drop & fill-in but has good neck & shoulder placement & is a good overall shape, quarters are good & she has all the basic essentials & just needs a bit more time. Has good gait and was handled well.

3rd: Warner & Hetherington’s Flytesfield Eowyn At Savuka

JB (2 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: Smithson & Thorsteinson’s Porsteinn Silvershadow Zelda Odi Et Amo Elessar, well bodied chocolate well up to size but has good balance, lean in head, reachy neck & good front, excellent depth, good topline & quarters, was a bit ragged moving towards but had a reasonable lightness & length of stride, handled well.

PGB (5 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: Corden’s Caryna Nadyenka for Gemgwynad black/silver markings, elegant bitch with lean & balanced head, slight stop, stands well over her front, good feet & depth of body, topline & muscle tone were good, moved well enough here & was sound.

2nd: Phillips Luachmhar Jala appealing black with tan markings, most attractive head & far off expression, good length of foreface, reachy neck nicely placed shoulder, slightly weaker in pastern, has good depth of brisket & flows nicely over her topline, moderately angled quarters, movement could be improved but at her first Ch. Show I believe so well done.

3rd: Duddell & Johnston Canerikie Chiqutita

LB (7 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: Williams Luachmhar Jadira Kasaque black/silver exquisitely elegant young lady, nicely sized, another who stands well over her front, has lovely depth to brisket, feels good through her body, nicely toned loin, sweeping over to her quarters easily, lightly feathered, moved around with little effort & lightness & was handled to advantage, Res. CC

2nd: Garratt & Oakey’s Caryna Esperanza, quality cream whose conformation & movement cannot be denied, has everything in the right place, great for topline & underline, does everything that is asked of her, one to be proud of that’s for sure, would just prefer a fraction less of her all through, shown in tip top condition & moved with precision & lightness.

3rd: Phillips Luachmhar Jamilah

OB (4 Entries) Abs: 1

1st: Sanders Parker’s Ch Classicus Olympia grizzle/parti of classic shape & balance, most beautiful lean head & good expression, lovely length of neck to super shoulder-line & excellent front construction, good depth to brisket, excellent in topline & underline, moderate quarters which were well toned in first & second thigh, tail set low and held well, lightly feathered, shown in perfect bloom, sound as a pound with light effortless movement flowing nicely. Bitch CC & BOB

2nd: Davies Ch Classicus Alchemy for Charrioak JW lovely type lightly feathered black with tan markings, quality & classic for look and shape, balanced well throughout, liked her very much, of slightly finer mould has light stride flowing well around the ring, presented very well.

3rd: Ireson, Dann & Farris’s Ch Jazalle Aneeqa

GCB (1 Entries) Abs: 0

1st: Corden’s Caryna Nadyenka For Gemgwynad – critique as PGB

Jill Cross (Gilari)