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As is typical, the fifth series is a big set of marks with a mixed bag and an honor ... the fifth is often where the going gets really tough (there's often a quad for the fifth).
Interestingly, this test, which utilizes a couple of small ponds, looks more like a weekend field trial test than a national test, with the long mark out to 340 yards.
It looks like the judges set the test up with the expectation that when en route to the middle retired (the last bird to retrieve in this set up) , the dogs would square their exit from the water, then push off the back side of the flyer gunners (i.e., go more to the left), and head to the left into the very inviting "no man's land" behind the middle retired gunners ... and the pheasant would not be scented from the left side because of the wind direction.
From the early dogs' performance, it sounds like they are generally doing the test in a decent fashion ... the judges may not get as many answers out of the test as they had anticipated, but if conditions change, the test may get harder.