Labrador Retriever Specialty Best in Show - 7
No1 All Breeds Top Dog Australia 1996, 1998 (Runner Up 1999)
"I didn't think that choosing the best retriever that I'd been over would be quite so hard, but it was a tussle, and in the end I've opted for an Australian dog belonging to G. Spagnolo in NSW, Gr Ch Driftway Regal Oak. I judged him at the first National Labrador Specialty held in May 2000. The moment he came into the ring, I knew that here was my BIS winner unless there was superlative bitch out there who could beat him. A yellow dog of medium size with great balance and presence, he was supurbly constructed from all angles, not overdone in any area and carrying just the right amount of weight for me - he was also one of the most toned animals I'd been over. Movement was a joy to watch, true coming and going, with great reach and drive on good legs and feet, in good coat that had the correct hard feel to it. My second would have been Mrs J Charlton's great yellow labrador bitch, Sh Ch Croftspa Hazelnut of Foxrush". Mrs Carole Coode (Warringah, UK) extracted from DOGWORLD, Retriever Showcase Sept' 17, 2004.