Dave, a Boxer from Banbury, Oxfordshire won the Working Best in Group title at Crufts 2019 today (Friday 8 March), qualifying him for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.
Dave (CH Lanfrese Ocolardo), 6, will return to the Resorts World Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place in the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his owner and handler, Mitch Griffiths.
People from around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is filmed live on Channel 4 and available to be streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.
Almost 21,000 dogs have competed over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Proud owner Mitch said: “I can’t believe it. We’ve never won the group at Crufts before – I’m completely overwhelmed. We bred him and he lives at home with us and his mum and dad. I’ll be back at home working with our horses tomorrow but looking forward to coming back for the Best in Show final on Sunday.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Dave for being chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Dave and Mitch should be proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s a fantastic achievement.
“Crufts recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners and celebrates healthy, happy dogs. Dave has a wonderful relationship with his handler, and is at home in the show ring.
“We want to wish Dave and Mitch the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Banbury will be tuning in to Channel 4 on Sunday to cheer them on.”
For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The results for Crufts 2019 can be found online at http://crufts.fossedata.co.uk For free downloadable images from Crufts 2019, please go to www.ppauk.com