: He was a sure enough running fool.
I like those running fools. I placed a big runner first at a MI trial back in the day. He was leaving the country but birds stopped him. A guy with a setter that never got more than 50 yards off the path (but had a lot of finds) complained to me - "That dog was running off but birds stopped him." I said "Yes, I agree but after that he calmed down and ran a big handling race with two more finds. That's what I look for and my partner agreed with me." I added, "Maybe it was just dumb luck but even though he was possibly running off, he was hunting or he would never have pointed those birds! I have to like that." The image is burned into my brain, he was running for all he was worth on a far hill when suddenly he stopped, wheeled and went on point. I thought it was spectacular!