Lambs sired by the 350,000gns Sportsmans Double Diamond were among the top sellers at the Scottish National Texel sale in Lanark last week.
The sale, on Thursday, August 26th, saw a top price of 100,000gns, with four ram lambs selling at more than 50,000gns. A total of 23 lambs changed hands at five-figure prices.
289 ram lambs averaged £3,811.06, while a total of 15 sons of Double Diamond levelled at £20,804, respectively. Furthermore, the grandsons of the 2019 Lanark leader, Garngour Craftsman, “dominated” the trade.
Sportsmans Double Diamond son Auldhouseburn Expression
Leading the charge at 100,000gns was Auldhouseburn Expression from Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Muirkirk, Ayrshire.
Sired by last year’s world-record-setting sale topper, the 350,000gns Sportsmans Double Diamond, this lamb is out of a dam by the 130,000gns Rhaeadr Best of the Best.
His dam’s sister fetched 40,000gns, while the dam went under the hammer at 13,000gns last year.
This one was subject to a flurry of bids from around the sale ring before being knocked down to Oxfordshire-based James Theyer for his Clanfield flock, with the Blackwoods retaining a half share in him.
Second up at 80,000gns and sharing a sire with the sale leader was Procters El Presidente from Procters Farm, Lancashire.
This one, by Double Diamond, is out of a dam by the 100,000gns Sportsmans Batman and sold with an index in the top 1% of the breed.
Messrs Boden and Davies, Sportsmans and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Cheshire and Aberdeenshire, secured this entry in a two-way split.
The Boden family secured 75,000gns for Sportsmans Express by Castlecairn Doodlebug.
He is out of 2020-born ewe lamb by Garngour Craftsman and shares a maternal grand dam with Double Diamond.
Selling with an index in the top 1% of the breed, he was shared by Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, Argyll, and Robert Bennett, Plasucha, Welshpool.
Following on his heels at 52,000gns was another from the Procter‘s pen, Procters Eureka.
Another by the 350,000gns Double Diamond, he is out of a Sportsmans Batman-sired dam, which is from the family as a 14,000gns gimmer and the 12,000gns Procters Cheeky Monkey.
He sold to Northern Irish breeders Alistair Gault, Forkins, and Mark Priestley, Seaforde in a two-way share.
Then climbing to 38,000gns was Cressage Enforcer from Matthew Ellis, Shropshire.
This son of Mellor Vale Dakota is out of a dam by Hexel Beast from the East and has an index in the top 25% of the breed.
Buying this one for the Hilltop flock, Aberdeenshire, was Kenny Pratt, with shares taken by Jim Innes, Strathbogie, also Aberdeenshire and Willy Davis, Usk Vale, Monmouth.
Gordon Gray’s pen recorded a top call 26,000gns for the reserve champion from the pre-sale show, Ettrick Earthquake.
This son of Hope Valley Dazzler is out of a dam by the privately purchased Midcombe Brigadier and sold with an index in the top 5% of the breed.
A syndicate of Alan Clark, Garngour, Dy Clark, Clarks, David McKerrow, Nochnary, Brian Buchan, Clinterty and Messrs Teward, New View, acquired this lot.
A 24,000gns bid then secured one of the earlier lots of the day, New View Electrifying from the Teward family, Darlington.
This Sportsmans Double Diamond son is out of a dam by Teiglum Braveheart and heads to Gordon Gray, Ettrick and Robert Cockburn, Knap.
Myfyr Evans then took the same money for his best of the day, Rhaeadr Entrepreneur. This is a son of Sportsmans Dare Devil, out of a dam by Teiglum Youngun. Jack Arnott, Haymount and Donald and Sarah MacPherson, Hexel, snapped up this entry.
Next in the money was 22,000gns – a price tag the society recorded twice. The first was Haymount Eye of the Beholder from Jack Arnott.
This son of Sportsmans Dirty Harry is out of a dam by Clinterty Yuga Khan and sold back to his sire’s breeder, Charlie Boden, Sportmans and a share taken by Danny Sawrij, Kedzlie Farm.
Knock Eastwood from Albert and George Howie, Peterhead, took home the same money. This son of Castlecairn Diamond Vision is out of a Knock Banker daughter and was taken by Andrew Clark, Teiglum and the Wight family, Midlock.
Next best at 20,000gns was Willy Davis’ best of the day, Usk Vale Eddie. He is by Teiglum Cinnamon and out of a dam by Sportsmans A Star, with Eammon Vaughan, Partridge Nest, Staffordshire, placing the final bid.
- 18,000gns for Gary Beacom’s Earn Your Keep who certainly, sired by Castlecairn Doodlebug and out of a dam by Arkle Awesome;
- 17,000gns: Stuart Barclay’s Harestone Eldorado, a Mellor Vale Déjà vu son out of a dam by Teiglum Braveheart.
- Same price tag: Gordon Gray’s Ettrick Everest, by Claybury Dunkirk and out of a dam by Midcombe Brigadier;
- 14,000gns: Sportsmans Eye Catcher from Messrs Boden and Davies by Castlecairn Doodlebug and out of an Auldhouseburn Black Magic daughter;
- 12,000gns: Jack Arnott’s Haymount Enter The Dragon, a Sportsmans Dirty Harry son out of a Plasucha Boss Man daughter;
- Also at this price: Haymount Earth Wind and Fire by Dirty Harry and a dam by Clinterty Yuga Khan and sold to Ben Vernon, Charben, Staffordshire.
- 12,000gns: Holylee Ewe Dancer from David Preacher, a son of Sportsmans Cannon Ball and out of a dam by Auldhouseburn Billy The Kid;
- 11,000gns: Knock Eagle Eye from Albert and George Howie, a son of Castlecairn Diamond Vision and out of a Knock Banker daughter;
- 10,000gns: Procters Exocet from Procters Farm, another son of the 350,000gns Sportsmans Double Diamond. Also out of a Sportsmans Batman daughter;
- Same price: Another by Double Diamond, Aludhouseburn Espirit from Hugh and Alan Blackwood;
- Also same figure: Glenside Emerald King from John Forsyth, by Mellor Vale Déjà vu and out of a dam by Fordafourie Big Ben – sold to Gary Beacom for the Lakeview flock, Northern Ireland;
- A final 10,000gns: Garngour Egor from Alan Clark, by Procters Chumba Wumba and out of a dam by Knock Bantastic.
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