Critique – Whippet Club Championship Show 1st April 2017


Judge: Sue Gillespie

A big thank you to the committee for inviting me to judge at their Championship show. It was an honour to be able to go over so many quality dogs. I would like to thank all who entered under me, giving me such a lovely entry. Two challenging classes were Post Graduate and Limit, many quality dogs leaving the ring unplaced. A big word of thanks to my stewards who kept the ring running efficiently. I hope my critiques will reflect that I was looking for dogs with all the attributes of a whippet, that were well balanced, without exaggerations. I was in total agreement with my co-judge on all the final placings.

SV 7-9 yrs (10,1a)

  1. Home & Fisher-Home’s Bescott Lessons Dreamer Of Jasarat. Smokey fawn of 7½ years, classic type, elegant and very well balanced with no exaggerations, lovely outline, good front, deep brisket, still showing a correct  topline , good bend of stifle and low set hocks,  moved with ease, correct coming and going, BVD.
  2. Wood’s Ch Ardencote What A Cracker. Another quality veteran of 9 years, slightly stronger build than 1,  good front, good depth and length of body, just missing the rise over his loins, moved very well.
  3. Harper’s Huntinghill Mr Cool At Janiste.

SV 10+yrs (8,2a)

  1. Russell’s Ch Willingwisp Star Trooper. Strongly built fawn & white, good masculine head and reach of neck, good topline, length and depth of body, still moving out well for his 10½ years.
  2. Reece’s Watchword Aragon. 11½  year old elegant blue, very good overall balance. Lovely head and expression. Long neck, good lay of shoulder, slightly rounded over croup, good bone and neat feet, excellent mover.
  3. Shepherd’s Buebezi Cahoots With Oxana.

MP (13,2a)

  1. Wheeler’s Mythic Balder Des Plaines Des Bruyeres. Lots to like about this brindle puppy of 8 months, good balance of elegance and masculinity . Good head, long neck into well laid shoulders , lovely topline and correct flow over his croup. Good depth of brisket and spring of rib for his age, good bone and tight feet, well developed second thigh, low set hocks, excellent movement, keeping a correct topline on the move.
  2. Howgate & Hull’s Palmik Whisper Again. Brindle/white of 8 months, rangier in type to 1, standing over a lot of ground, attractive head, long neck, well laid shoulders, great length of body, would have liked a more defined tuck up which will come with maturity, moved well in profile but just flattening his topline
  3. Russell’s Barmoll Banoffee Toffee.

P (8,1a)

  1. Shepherd’s Citycroft Sundae With Oxana. Fawn/white trim, almost 12 months old, soundly built, pleasing size, excellent bone all through, masculine head with kind expression, good front, long neck, flowing topline over good length of loin into strong hindquarters, good bend of stifle, low set hocks, deep brisket with curvy tuck up, elbows neat against his brisket, neat feet and correct spring of pasterns, moved with drive in profile, true coming and going BPD.
  2. Palmik Whisper Again
  3. James’s Drakesoak Rum Punch

J (17,2a)

  1. Smith’s Collooney Swing Time. Brindle/white trim of excellent type, would like his head to be more elegant, lovely outline with curves in the right places, good bone and substance, well laid shoulders, good return of upperarm, good front fill in, good length & depth of body, used himself well on the move to show a free and easy movement.
  2. Wayman & Wayman’s Crème Anglaise One More Knight At Scarletfair. This red fawn parti colour is of a more compact type than 1, very pleasing size, well balanced all round, very typical head, good underjaw, long, nicely arched neck, deep brisket, sufficient length of loin, strong hindquarters, well developed second thigh and low set hocks, once settled he showed correct and clean movement.
  3. Tope’s Falconcrag Class Act For Dewerstone

Y (13,1a)

  1. Marston-Pollock’s Falconcrag Another Class. Fawn of good breed type, masculine head of good proportions, strong neck into well placed shoulders, good front with nice fill in, flowing topline, showing gentle curve over loin, correct over croup, good depth and length of body, powerful hindquarters without exaggerations, using himself so well on the move to show a long low stride, true coming & going. RDCC.
  2. Richard’s Richclass Simply Magic. Elegant brindle/white, slightly higher on the leg than 1, masculine head with beautiful eye & expression, long elegant neck into flowing topline, just dropping away over his croup, very deep brisket, good bone and feet, hind quarters well developed, good bend of stifle, good free mover all round.
  3. Russell’s Palmik Depeche Mode.

M (13,2a)

  1. Palmik Whisper Again.
  2. Trouten’s Runnel Run For Fun. Fawn of excellent type, looking mature for his age, good balance in angulations front and rear, kind expression, strong neck, good deep brisket & length of body, correct topline and tuck up, good spring of rib, good bone & pasterns, good second thigh and bend of stifle, moved well all-round.
  3. Cahill & Timberlake’s Enolacans Antonio Banderas At Chipperlake.

N (8,1a)

  1. Cartwright’s Hawk Moth At Rearsbylea. Nicely balanced brindle/white dog, good masculine head, long neck into lovely topline, excellent angulations fore and rear, good bone and feet, deep brisket and long breast bone, well defined tuck up, good bend of stifle and second thigh, moved correctly all round.
  2. Third’s Windfly Onner Blue Moon. Not a big dog but through and through masculine,  this blue boy has a pleasing head and expression, elegant neck, straight correct front with good fill in, tight feet and good slope of pasterns, good depth and length of body, correct fall over croup into well muscled hindquarters, gracefull mover.
  3. Ellam & Robinson’s Tarward Jaguar.


  1. Crème Anglaise One More Knight At Scarletfair.
  2. Hawk Moth At Rearsbylea.
  3. Rishworth’s Richclass King Of Kings.

PG (18,1a)

So many quality dogs in this class

  1. Tope’s Bryarose Theseus At Dewerstone. Handsome brindle of excellent breed type, no exaggerations, shown in good hard condition, so well balanced front and rear, masculine head and expression, correct front assembly and front fill in, good bone, pasterns and feet, lovely topline with nice rise over the loin, excellent depth of brisket and tuck up, strong hindquarters, used well on the move, moved out well in profile, just going slightly narrow behind.
  2. Reece & Tonkin’s Danluke Disco Dancer At Gabledene. Another quality dog, slightly bigger and heavier mould than 1 but by no means course, a lot of my comments for the class winner apply to this fawn boy who has a lovely head, soft brown eyes, good pigment, good under jaw, well balanced angulations, strong neck into lovely topline , well developed hindquarters, moved freely and with purpose.
  3. Dillon’s Danluke Ladyboy at Runforest.

ML (16,3a)

  1. Holland’s Elmanash Man O’War. Fawn/white dog of excellent type, good combination of elegance and masculinity giving a lovely outline, good balance in height & body length, good head, strong under jaw, long clean neck into well laid shoulders, correct straight front, good front fill in, good bone & feet, great depth of brisket, shapely topline into strong hindquarters, well developed second thigh, moved out well, true coming and going.
  2. Wayman’s Speymalt Northern Star. Another elegant fawn/white dog, good masculine head and expression, slightly heavy in neck, good deep brisket and length of body, good front, bone & feet, strong hindquarters & second thigh, good bend of stifle, moved with ease, correct all round.
  3. Scholes’s Craigavad Once In A Lifetime

L (20,5a)

Again so many quality dogs in this class, wish I’d had more cards to award.

  1. Allen’s Zoraden Gingerbread Latte. This shaded fawn shows his quality on the move, light footed and powerfull, correct for size, masculine head, good reach of neck into well laid shoulders, excellent balance of angulations, straight correct front, well sprung ribs, good bone & substance all through, nice slope of pasterns, good neat feet, lovely topline with gentle rise over loin, correct over croup, well developed hindquarters and second thigh, great bend of stifle. Pushed hard for RDCC.
  2. Wood’s Ardencote Star Gazer. This fawn/white trim is another of excellent breed type, very well balanced fore and rear, good masculine head with a kind expression, good neck, correct front, I’d have liked a bit more slope of pasterns, good body length and depth of brisket, shapely hindquarters, super condition, moved with drive, true coming and going.
  3. Andrew’s Citycroft One Small Step For Sharmus.

O (10,1a)

  1. Whitehead’s Ch Citycroft High Society. Masculine and elegant fawn, beautifully balanced in height/length, lovely for size, everything in the right place with no exaggerations, good head, long neck flows smoothly over a lovely topline into well muscled hindquarters, excellent front assembly & fill in, good bone & feet, deep brisket leading to a lovely tuck up, strong second thigh and good turn of stifle, well let down hocks, moved with ease showing great reach and drive, DCC, RBIS.
  2. Marston-Pollock’s Montventure Valentino Of Falconcrag. Brindle, presenting an overall balanced profile when stacked, good head & neck, good front, good bone & substance, great depth and length of ribbing, good over loin & croup into sweeping hindquarters using them well on the move, true coming and going.
  3. Smith’s Collooney Jayhawk

OR/LC (8,2a)

  1. Webber’s Dark Wing. Black dog shown in gleaming, hard condition, super for size, stands over a lot of ground, masculine head & expression, stacked with his head high which gives the impression of having a short neck, balanced angulations, good spring of pasterns, strong over gently arched loin, good deep brisket, well muscled hindquarters showing a good bend of stifle & low set hocks, using them very well on the move.
  2. Osborne’s Softouch Ever So Clever At Derohan. Fawn, slightly higher on the leg than 1, nicely balanced showing a pleasing profile picture, with curves in all the right places, masculine head with kind expression, great body length and depth, good bone & tight feet, super hard condition, very sound on the move all round.
  3. Saxby’s Nattah Knight Gawaine With Sandspring


Judge: Kevan Ellis

Many thanks to the officers and committee at The Whippet Club to judge Bitches at their prestigious championship show and thank them for their hospitality. Also, thanks to my very able stewards who kept proceedings flowing. Pleased that myself and co Judge Sue Gillespie were able to agree on our principal winners.

Many thanks to all the exhibitors who entered their lovely dogs, I very much appreciated it.

S.V.B 7-9 years 14 (4)

  1. Becquet & Darby Bescott Snowdrop Lady. Elegant fawn/white bitch, lovely feminine head, good neck, correct shoulders, well angulated front and rear, correct topline, very fluid correct movement which gained her BVB and BVIS, well done.
  2. Oliver’s Ch Tannis Bay Sophie’s Choice with Spyanfly. Quality Brindle bitch, excellent overall construction, moved well holding her topline, good muscletone.
  3. Holland’s Elmanash Allegra.

S.V.B 10 years + 7 (1)

  1. Defaye’s Janelyn Deetec Delta at Fedaye JW Sh CM. Brindle bitch, good overall balanced construction, lovely head, eye, correct shoulders, moved very well.
  2. Neale’s Stormalong Black Narcissus. Lovely condition Black bitch, correct size, good body proportion with correct front fill.
  3. Vaughan’s Shirotae Silken Lady

M.P.B 15 (2)

Initially difficult class to assess, some real babies at different stages of development

  1. Head’s Demerlay Venus de Milo. Attractive quality fawn, lovely size, Elegant all through, moved well.
  2. Robertson’s Twiggen New Leaf. Pretty brindle, good overall construction, lovely neck to good shoulders and topline, moved steadily, correct fore and aft.
  3. Third’s Gorewater Jura Joy

P.B. 10 (1)

  1. Home & Fisher-home Citycroft Crème Caramel of Jasarat. Exquisite Fawn who filled the brief, balanced strength and elegance, pretty head, she has that gentle curving line from head through sweeping neck into clean shoulders along back with rise over loin, smooth over croup down to hocks, matched by correct front with deep brisket and beautiful sweeping underline. Handled beautifully to demonstrate her lovely movement with reach and drive. Loved her, well done. CC BIS BPIS
  2. Oliver’s Spyanfly She’s a Swinger. Another quality puppy, lovely head, neck and shoulders to correct topline, good front, correct bone, feet and powerful quarters used well on move.
  3. Whitaker – Crosby Cobyco Could Be The Last at Mulcair

J.B. 16 (4)

  1. Hill’s Shimmeree Black Satin. Gleaming black bitch, liked her for her type, correct size, graceful neck, good shoulders, topline, bone and feet. Correct curvy underline.
  2. Wood’s Ardencote Aiming High. Lovely balanced fawn bitch, correct head, good neck to correct topline correct front, good bone, well muscled quarters, moved very well.
  3. Marston-Pollock & Mawson’s Falconcrag High Class

Y.B 9 (2)

  1. Julian’s Blondessa Be Happy. Pretty feminine fawn bitch, correct size, lovely head and eye, correct front with good depth, good feet, correct topline and curvy underline, moved well.
  2. Glasspool & Manners Ipanema Mockingjay over Mannerpool. Excellent fawn, good overall conformation, good head, neck, well layed shoulders, correct front fill, moved really well.
  3. Spencer’s Chelridge Lady Guinevere

M.B 11 (4)

  1. Head’s Demerlay Luck Be A Lady. Elegant fawn bitch, nice head, ears, lovely length neck to clean shoulders, good upper arm, bone and feet. Good quarters used well on move RBPB
  2. Williamson’s Windfly One Perfect Day. Attractive Black Bitch, lovely balanced outline, alert expression, correct front fill, good topline and underline, excellent condition moved well.
  3. Third’s Gorewater Jura Joy

N.B 8 (3)

  1. Hill’s Shimmeree Black Satin 1st JB.
  2. Whitaker-Crosby Cobyco Could Be The Last at Mulcair. Attractive brindle, lovely head, neck and shoulders, good bone and feet, excellent condition, moved with ease.
  3. Handley & Mill’s Lawleymoon First Love.

V.G.B 6 (1)

  1. Home and Fisher-home Citycroft Crème Caramel at Jasarat 1st PB CC BIS.
  2. Bray Collooney Cotton Candy. Fawn bitch, pretty head, nice ears, good neck to well layed shoulders, good topline and quarters, moving well with drive.
  3. Handley & Mill’s Lawleymoon First Love.

P.G.B 14 (4)

  1. Boughton-White Impanema Girl on Fire. Elegant Fawn bitch, attractive head, eye, graceful neck, well layed shoulders, good topline well angulated rear, moved very well.
  2. Candler’s Thesperia Charis at Maidenbower. Classic fawn, lovely size, pretty head, correct upper arm and shoulders, good bone and feet, correct topline and underline, moved well.
  3. Holland’s Rearsbylea Ebonita for Elmanash

M.L.B 10 (5)

  1. Wignall’s Starswift Siouxsie Sioux. Lovely balanced fawn bitch, correct size, good head, neck and shoulders, good bone and feet, moved well.
  2. Vaughan’s Shirotae Gin Sinq. Quality fawn bitch, lovely head and expression, good neck & shoulders, good bone and feet, moving well.
  3. Bray’s Cyangrange Madame Mutt

L.B 17

This was by far the strongest overall class of the day, full of quality bitches, I was spoilt for choice and many had to go cardless.

  1. Whyle’s Marvidara Maid of Honour. This beautifully balanced fawn bitch never stopped showing each time I looked she was looking back. Pretty head, elegant neck to well layed shoulders, correct front, bone and feet, good depth brisket and underline, correct topline held on move, well muscled quarters, moving freely, well handled.
  2. Meakin’s Oakbark Miss Bossy Boots. Another quality fawn who I really liked, lovely head and eye, beautiful neck to well layed shoulders, good front and depth correct topline, well muscled quarters in excellent condition.
  3. Bayley’s Whisterfield As If By Magic JW Sh CM

O.B 10 (3)

  1. Lempereurs Ch Blue Spring’s Jivenchy. Very elegant quality fawn bitch, feminine head, good length neck, clean shoulders, correct topline held on move, good bone and feet, in top condition, moved with drive.
  2. Howgate & Hull’s Ch Palmik En Vogue JW Sh CM. Another quality, worthy champion and similar remark apply, very close decision.
  3. Whitaker-Crosby’s Mulcair Meerkat Marble JW Sh CM

O.B Racing/Lure Coursing 8 (3)

  1. Glasspool & Manner’s Ipanema Mockingjay over Mannerpool 2nd VB.
  2. Webber’s Derohan Attraction. Brindle bitch, elegant head and neck, good feet and pasterns, excellent condition, good muscle tone, moved very well.
  3. Third’s Tango Time of Bruntsfield

Special Awards

Judge: Helen Johnston

Grateful thanks to the Whippet Club and all exhibitors for affording me this wonderful opportunity. It was a joy to judge so many quality whippets and also a challenging experience as the entry in both classes was very diverse and strong. I truly wish I could have awarded first to more exhibits and room on my sofa too!

My winners all excelled in breed type, size and movement and importantly were presented in good condition.

Special Award Yearling Dog or Bitch (23,10)

  1. Bray’s Collooney Cotton Candy. Correct sized, curvy and beautifully balanced red fawn/white trim bitch, super breed type, presented in excellent condition and on top show form today. Good head with strong foreface and jaw, kind dark eye, broad flat skull, would prefer finer ear texture. Excellent construction, flat bone, spring of pastern, elbows well tucked under, super fill and depth of chest, correct top and underline and width throughout which she displays on the move too. Effortless mover, stunning in profile and so true coming and going which won her the class. Judged her as a minor puppy and still love her.
  2. Tope’s Falconcrag Class Act For Dewerstone. Pale fawn masculine but very elegant dog who exudes quality and breed type. I was so excited to judge him as he is right up my street! Excellent shape, size, construction, flows from nose to tail, another with correct pasterns, feet, bone and good width and depth. I feel much can be said about the quality of a dog from their head and his is perfect in my eyes, I was hypnotized. Very sound and light mover, beautiful in profile, just not quite as accurate as first coming and going but I really was splitting hairs. Sympathetically handled and in presented in immaculate condition. Really admired him.
  3. Perkins Silkridge Whispering Grass. Very pretty and elegant brindle/white trim bitch who was unlucky to meet 1 and 2 today. Perfect for size and shape and moved well. Much to admire and my guilty pleasure in this class, will watch her progress with interest.

Special Award Open Dog Or Bitch (23,2)

A difficult class; puppies, adults and veterans in same class.

  1. Bray’s Cyangrange Giocomo Delfino. Red fawn/white trim 4 year old bitch who I have awarded best of breed to before. Today I have never seen her show as well and she was presented in superb condition; she begged to win the class in very strong competition. For me she fits the breed standard; I love her for size, shape, construction, elegance and on the move she is just beautiful. Displays excellent low and long front extension, holds her topline, strong driving hindquarters and is true coming and going. We are blessed with so many good bitches in our breed but I really hope this girl gets her deserved break.
  2. Winkley-Balmer’s Crosscop April Showers. Golden fawn 4 year old bitch, another I have awarded best of breed to before and another close decision. Superb breed type, flowing curvy lines, good size and construction, very elegant and she loves to move! She also displays beautiful profile action and is true coming and going. Today 1 was on better form and I preferred 1s hindquarters and croup.
  3. Allen’s Zoraden Gingerbread Latte JW. Impressive and very correct masculine red/black masked/white trim male. Sound mover, well- constructed, a pleasure to judge.

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