Beating thousands of other dogs, Rios (Ch Qirmizi Ovation), a
Saluki from Grästorp, Sweden, won Best in Group for Hounds today
and qualified for the final of Crufts.
Rios, two years old, will now compete for the prestigious title of
Best in Show tomorrow (Sunday March 8th) against just six other
dogs at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in
Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days
of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the
world of dogs.
Nicklas Eriksson and Rios will be returning to the Genting Arena -
the main arena at the NEC - tomorrow evening for the highly
anticipated Crufts 2015 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way
through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the
arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on
Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.
Proud owner, Nicklas Erikkson, said: "This is a great feeling, to
win a big one like this. Crufts is the biggest and most
important dog show in the world so to make it this far is important
"Tomorrow we will chill out and sleep in to make sure we're all
ready for Best in Show in the evening."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Congratulations to
Rios for winning Best in Group today. Crufts celebrates
healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond
between dogs and their owners and we really saw this tonight. Rios
is such a wonderful dog who clearly loves being in the show ring
and has a great relationship with his handler.
"Rios and Nicklas should be very proud of reaching the Best in
Show final - it's an incredible achievement and not one many get to
experience. We wish them all the best for tomorrow."
For more information visit www.crufts.org.uk or go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2015/
for free downloadable images from Crufts 2015.