Over the years I have been pretty good at predicting the winner at Crufts, I know I should have posted my predictions a bit earlier - as this late into the show it's getting a lot easier. But I wanted to get my money on before the the rush at the betting shop!
The Standard Poodle is my tip for the top.
True, it is Britain's top dog - so not exactly an out of field prediction.
But it is also a dog handled and owned by people who seem to be writing the very slimy book - How to win friends and influence people at the KC.
In the run up to Crufts they started a very, very sucky-upy KC-friendly blog.
Odd time to do this as it's my experience they don't reflect the current mood of the show world.
I have been hearing from more and more really excellent show breeders who say they agree with everything we reformists are saying. People steeped in the show world who want to know what they have to do to start putting everything right. That it's time the KC reflected the good people, started doing meaningful reform on inbreeding before it's too late for their beloved breeds.
On every radio phone-in I've been half expecting someone stereotypical spouting the KC line to pop up with the sort of stuff that the KC-creepy blog is pumping - but instead I've even had breeders with 50 years experience agreeing with me that things have to change at the KC. Some are even KC members themselves. They are cheering us on.
Let me make another prediction, the writers of the pro-KC blog may also be soon rewarded with KC membership - if it hasn't already come their way.
It seems those that sent the KC a pathetic email of support telling them they are actually great and they don't need to do anything after the nasty unfair Pedigree Dogs Exposed were subsequently rewarded with a shiny green KC members badge. Perhaps just a coincidence?
A badge of shame in my opinion if so won.
For what it's worth I send virtual medals of honour to all those breeders currently standing up to the last remaining show world dinosaurs and fighting for the future health of their dogs. Let's look forward to an era where we have a system that rewards the good and the brave rather than a stupid morality-deficient faithful.
We have dog on our side, remember!