Funny you point this out... I was judging a Gundog Brace trial earlier this year. We had something like 40 big females. The dog that came back high would cut a little. What I mean by that was that she was working real hard but if another dog picked it up, she would move over there, hit it, and blow that dog away. She didn't skirt, but she was a little loose on the line and in the check. (I'm not describing it the best. She wasn't a bad dog, but looked a little rough.) She didn't have a terribly high score, but none of the dogs in the first series stood out enough to get a high score. She pushed the rabbit real hard. I didn't love the hound, but she clearly beat her trio mates. Accomplishment over style. Second series, she was braced with a hound that pushed just as hard as her, but powered out of the check, so she could never burn her. She got flipped. Ran her against the new third place dog... Almost flipped again! They were neck and neck, no clear winner, but she was sitting higher so couldn't flip as a tiebreak based on style. At the end of the day, I didn't love that dog but still put a 2nd on her due to accomplishment. I suppose if they can get it done, a little bit of that can help the hound and the pack and the race. Too much of it goes a long way though!!!