LD 9
In the final analysis it was my preference for 1’s overall symmetry, head properties and fluid movement that swung in his favour.
1 Smith's Mistily's Golden Flash Over Melverly (imp)
I was very much taken with this very attractive l/w/t whose head, size, substance and balance appealed particularly. Excels in front and rear angulations. Deftly, but steadily handled which definitely helped to show off his effortless, reaching movement, which clinched it for me. He was not far away in the final challenge.
2 Topliss' Peasblossom Escape to Beresford
This dark liver kind headed dog of substance and quality, with well boned legs and feet, also had a lot going for him in all round conformation. The winner has the edge on balance for me and although he had to give way to 1 today, I have little doubt his day in the sun is not far away. .
3 Cokell's Trimere Transition to Carlyquinn JW
4 Happs' Jorobaden Alderniti of Emianna JW
5 Fosters' Petranella Bombay Bad Boy for Shanoah

OD 8
There is no argument that these are two exemplary ambassadors of the Breed both exuding the essence of true breed type overall and with precious little to separate them. The Breed is fortunate indeed to have them both, judging thus far by their huge successes both in and out of the Ring. I expect their long term contribution to the Breed to be significant and just reward for many years of shrewd breeding programmes.
The 3rd placed dog is worthy too of praise for excellent breed points
1 Corbetts Sh Ch Trimere Thriller Reserve C.C.
2 Mitchells' Sh Ch Barecho Hold Your Horses to Peasblossom JW (imp Swe)
1 has for my tastes the preferred skull and eye shape over 2, but there is no denying the lovely dark eye with melting expression of 2 that has to be appreciated. 1 also has the edge for me on overall balance of length of back to leg. Both have sufficient depth of body and substance to complement their structure. Both performed soundly on the move, although, on the day, for some reason 2 appeared to stride out less steadily, although freely.. I suspect that a bigger ring might be of more benefit.
1 was awarded the Reserve CC, merely because the CC came up top trumps on the day in the challenge in the movement and showmanship stakes.
3 Guys' Sh Ch Calvdale False Arrest
4 Topliss' Petranella Perfick Choice for Beresford
5 Tracz Meadowdale Alabama Slammer at Acregate ShCM

VD 4
Always nice to see ‘old friends’ enjoying their day out!
1 Calverts' Sh Ch Calvdale Softly Softly
What a pleasure to find that this dog’s appearance belies his age, as he still maintains quality attributes as in his younger days. Ever the ultimate showman, and presented as usual in his best bib and tucker by his skilful owner/breeder. He did not look out of place in the challenge, but in the end youth must out. A credit to his owner/breeder. BEST VETERAN
2 Young's Shelcasrie Flash Sh CM
This rangy, well boned dog, although not quite in the same league as 1, does present a nice outline in stance. He has an appealing head and expression and also carries his years well. Well presented in good coat and condition and a credit in all departments to his owner.
3 Whitley's Shipden Will Hay

JCM Stakes Open Dog 4
1 Tracz Meadowdale Alabama Slammer at Acregate ShCM
There is much to commend this dark liver coated dog, from his kindly dark expressive eyes and deep strong body, to the proud manner in which he steps out across the Ring. I would prefer more length of neck and better return of upper arm, qualities which held him back in a competitive Open Class, but he well deserved his placing here and he is a dog of exemplary temperament to be proud of.
2 Harris' Waterswarren Back to Black at Coastaglow
3 Whitley's Shipden Will Hay
4 Drinkall's Mompesson Tribute to Esscroft

1 Woolhouse Cherisham Outlaw
Deserved his placing here, Liked his free movement and I commend his owner for her presentation and handling to show what a lovely character he is.
2 Bashforths' Alanea Warrior of Jorobaden
A free moving dog, but, as with 1, not up to the standard of competition earlier in the day and I would like to have seen him put a bit more into to his movement. His owner does him proud and he can likely do his share of winning.
3 Wilsons' Shipden Authorized at Sawspring