John, not sure which dog you are taking about , as John has a few. Probably Aesop. John is a great trainer, watched him a few times, talks quietly, and has patience. He can bring the best out of a dog. You should come to a trial and see his dogs, to see the type.
On the conservative side, His most accomplished dog is FC Cable's Aesop. Has won a ton of awards.
Slower SPO and GDB formats.
Nowhere near as slow as brace speed but he def likes accuracy more than speed.
Very nice fella.
I haven't judged near as much as some guys, but Aesop is probably the best I've judged. Lots of other judges apparently agree as he had, I believe, 52 wins when he was retired from trialing. As others have said, he is not the fastest hound, but is very accurate, and will cut a pack to pieces.
The litter I have listed is out of him. As stated above, John is a super nice guy, with a calm quiet demeanor.
I'm not sure how Aesop is bred but he can run a rabbit. I've judged him and marshalled his class many times and he always impressed me. I've seen him run up with faster dogs but turn when they didn't which is what I think Brian was alluding to when he said cut them to pieces. I've also seen two of John's FC females run. Bessie was more conservative and a line running machine. Bonnie had more foot but less control. Both hunt and handle well.