Qual­i­fi­ca­tion

Shooting Gazette - - Pointers and setters gundogs -

To qual­ify for the cham­pi­onship, com­peti­tors must have won a first or sec­ond award in open stakes or a first award in an open breed stake since Au­gust 9, 2014. The win­ner and run­ner-up in the 2014 and 2015 cham­pion stakes and the win­ner of the 2016 Ken­nel Club Puppy Derby Stake are also en­ti­tled to run, as is the 2015 win­ner of the Ir­ish Cham­pi­onship for point­ers and set­ters. This year, 47 dogs qual­i­fied for the top event, which in­cluded 10 late qual­i­fiers, com­pris­ing five English set­ters, three point­ers and two Ir­ish set­ters. Two Ir­ish­men – Gerry Devine and Al­lan Neill – cre­ated his­tory this year by be­ing the first han­dlers to pi­lot eight dogs each in the cham­pi­onship.

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