GAVIN AND SARA ROBERTSON, AVALON KENNELS, OXFORDSHIRE
Simon Parsons writes in his Beyond the Dog House page following Magic Mike's new breed record!
Where better to achieve a breed CC record than at the parent club championship show?
That was done last weekend at the Basset Griffon Vendéen Club where the Petit Ch Soletrader Magic Mike won his 29th under Alan Curry and went on to best in show from Val Jackson.
He thereby went one CC ahead of his dam Ch Soletrader Peek A Boo and her dam Ch Soletrader My Aphrodisiac who both won 28 CCs.
Even though there a couple of shows still to go, it’s hardly a secret that Mike will end up as a very comfortable Top Dog all breeds under both the Our Dogs system and the group league compiled by this page.
Like his dam ‘Jilly’ and granddam ‘Dizzy’ he was bred by Sara and Gavin Robertson, and is owned by Sara with Wendy Doherty from Canada (who also co-owned Jilly during her show career).
He is that rare bird, a general championship show BIS winner bred from two other BIS winners.
Jilly was Top Dog in 2012 and won eight BIS awards including Crufts’ 13.
Her first litter, by her grandsire Ch Soletrader Dunc ‘n Disordely, produced a group show BIS winner, Ch Soletrader Annie Mac.
Next, she was mated to Ch/Int/Dutch/Dan/Fin Ch Boom Chicago van Tum Tum’s Vriendjes (Int/Dutch/Lux/Dan/Fin Ch Caramel Apple van Tum Tum’s Vriendjes ex Vivace van Tum Tum’s Vriendjes), owned by the Huikeshoven family in the Netherlands, who Gavin and Sara felt would complement Jilly.
He has two lines back to Jilly’s sire Ch/Dutch Ch Cappuccino van Tum Tum’s Vriendjes who in turn has two Soletrader parents. Boom Chicago was BIS at Paignton in 2015.
From this came Magic Mike and his sister Ch Soletrader Rita Ora.
At his second championship show, Three Counties 2016, he qualified for the Eukanuba/Dog World Pup of the Year final under John Thirlwell. He was BOB at Windsor without CCs and shortlisted in the group.
His first CC came at East of England under Eddie Webster where he won the group under Dianna Spavin, his second at his next show, Bournemouth, under Jenny Startup, and his title the following week at Welsh Kennel Club, judge Sue Pocock.
His first BIS came at Belfast judged by Stuart Plane and he also won the Eukanuba champion stakes heat under Peter Jolley.
He was therefore among the competitors at the POTY and champions finals held on the same day, and won them both! Judges were Geoff Corish for POTY and Bill Browne-Cole and David Guy for the champions.
That year he won three more BIS at East of England (Anne Macdonald), Darlington (Paul Harding) and South Wales (Tom Johnston).
This year he won at Manchester (Valerie Foss), WELKS (Hans van den Berg), Scottish Kennel Club May (Stuart Mallard), Bath (Ernie Paterson), Border Union (Jeff Luscott), Leeds (Patsy Hollings), Bournemouth (Liz Cartledge), SKC August (David Guy) and Richmond (Geoff Corish), giving him a total of 13 BIS, the record for a hound.
He also has two group show BIS.
Among his progeny is Ir Ch Soletrader Buddy Holly, BOB at Crufts 2018 and winner of several BIS in Ireland.