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UK top Afghan wow’s em down under

THE UK’s top Afghan Hound has returned to New Zealand, the land of his birth, where he has added to his list of triumphs by winning pretty much everything in sight including Best In Show at the prestigious Ladies Kennel Association Show.

UK Ch, Aust Gr and NZ Gr Ch Rainbow Aladin of Jhanzi (imp)UK Ch, Aust Gr and NZ Gr Ch Rainbow Aladin of Jhanzi (imp) who was Top Afghan Hound 2006 in the UK returned to his breeders in New Zealand in July 2007. Over the weekend of 27th/28th October "Aladin" attended his first show weekend since his return at the Ladies Kennel Association, New Zealand’s largest single 1Day All Breeds Championship Show.

On the first day under Jeanette McGinnis (USA) Aladin took the DCC, BOB, Best in Group and Best Open in Group. On the second day under George Kostopoulos (Greece) he took the DCC, BOB, Best In Group, Best Open In Group and, ultimately, Best In Show.

He also won overall Best Exhibit in the Veteran Stakes under UK Judge Peggy Bailey.

Aladin is owned in New Zealand by his Breeders William Hansen and Alex Gilchrist (Jhanzi). He had a successful show career in New Zealand gaining his Grand title before travelling to Australia where he was cared for and handled by Brian and the Late Pam Hobbs to attain his Australian Grand title. In April 2005 he was exported to the UK to be jointly owned by Claire & Liz Millward (Alouann) and Anne Wilson and Janine Brownless (Tolah) where he lived and was handled by Claire.

Aladin quickly gained his UK title in 2005 winning RBIS at the Hound Show and in 2006 he had a brilliant career attaining BIS Leeds 2006, Group 1 Leeds, SKC (Aug) and Southern Counties 2006, Group 4 at SKC (May) and 8CC's including Crufts. Aladin ended up Top Afghan in 2006. Aladin only attended a few UK shows in 2007 before his export back to New Zealand but attained 3 CCs and Group 2 at his final show at Windsor 2007. At the time of export, Aladin was the current Top Afghan 07.

Aladin is now 9 years old and will be shown very se\lectively in New Zealand and Australia but has certainly made a good start to his return back in New Zealand.

His former UK joint owner Liz Millward, who told OUR DOGS of Aladin’s tremendous success back ‘down under’ commented: ‘He is just an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime dog. We are all so proud of him. Let’s hope his success continues to grow from here on.’