The champion from the pre-sale show, Charlie Boden's ram lamb Mellor Vale Tomahawk, took the top price of 6000gns at yesterday's English National Texel sale, Worcester, with this son of 25,000gns sire Milnbank Special One selling to Rob and Hannah Draper's Claybury flock, Shropshire.
Having won the open ram class on Monday afternoon Tomahawk went on to take the male and overall championships under judge Steve Smith of the Penparc flock, Welshpool. Tomahawk, an ET bred lamb is out of a dam by Clougher President and had been much admired in the pre-sale show.
Following him at 3500gns was another lamb from Mr Boden, this time from his Sportsman's pen. This was Sportsman's Thunder, another by Special One, which sold at 3500gns. Another ET bred lamb, this one is out of a dam by Mellor Vale Officer and sold to Andrew and Becky Bishop, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire.
Just 100gns shy of that price came the best of the day from Robbie Wilson's Milnbank flock, Aberdeenshire. This was Milnbank Thatcher, a son of Glenside Razzle Dazzle out of a dam by Castlecairn Provost which had been part of the first prize winning group of three. He sold in a two-way split to Andrew Meredith, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, and Nigel Gibbs, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
And then selling for 3300gns was Arkle Tyson from the Wilkinson family. Sired by Larahill Shamrock, Tyson is out of a dam by Wardhall Nicefella and had been the third place performance recorded lamb in the pre-sale show. Buying him were a quintet of breeders, Messrs Hobbs, Dunnford, Power, Houldey and Martyn.
A 2700gns bid followed that, with this money paid for Scholars Turbo, the very last lamb in the catalogue. This son of Gyrhos Rambo is an ET brother to Mr McCaffrey's ewe lamb which was reserve female champion at the Royal Welsh earlier this year. He is out of a dam by Mellor Vale Masterpiece and was knocked down to Colin and Wendy Philips for their Powerhouse flock, Herefordshire.
After that came a 2600gns sale for Nicola Hartwright's Whitehart Top Gear, a son of Cherryvale Shergar. He is out of a dam by Broomknowes Lion King and out was the choice of R M and G L Watkins when buying for their Millend flock, Herefordshire.
Taking a 2300gns bid was another from the Whitehart flock, Whiteheart Taylor Made. This Humeston River Dance son is out of a dam by Hendre Lionheart and had been eighth in the novice ram lamb class. He was bought by the Quick family for their Loosebeare flock, Devon.
Two then sold at 2200gns, with the first being Robert Laird's best of the day from the Cambwell flock, Cambwell Thunder. Sired by Sportsman's Supreme and an ET maternal brother to the 40,000gns Cambwell Rob Roy and 28,000gns Cambwell Socrates this one was bought by Henry Ashley for the Lincs flock, Lincolnshire.
Second at this price was Blaencar Top Gun from Geoff Morgan, Sennybridge. Top Gun is an ET son of Knock Orion out of a Courthill-bred dam by Baltier Nailer. He sold to S A and B M Bennett, St Austell, Cornwall, and had been third in the novice class in the pre-sale show.
The final lamb at 2000gns or more came when Robbie Wilson sold Milnbank Tonto, a substitute, at exactly that figure to David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer, East Meon, Hampshire. Tonto is a son of Glenside Razzle Dazzle and is a three quarter brother to Robbie's 3400gns lamb, also being out of a dam by Castlecairn Provost.
Taking the best price in the shearling rams and topping a very successful day for the Whitehart flock was Nicola Hartwright with Whitehart Stig, a Hendre Oh Boy son out of a dam by Broomknowes Lion King. He sold at 2060gns to Geoff Probert, Leominster, Herefordshire.
Selling for 2000gns was another from the same home, Whitehart Special Edition, a Humeston River Dance son out of a dam by Ellen Valley Nemesis. He found a new home with M A Jones, Clun, Craven Arms.
And at 1800gns was Roxburgh Strut from John Elliot. This Drinkstone Peacemaker son is out of a dam by Lumbylaw Malton. This one was bought by A and J Hughes, Marlsborough Farm Ltd, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
The selling at 1500gns was Clun Statesman from A E Williams and Son. This is a Clun Panther son out of a dam by Clun Kojak and was knocked down to Messrs Baker Bros, Beaworthy, Devon.
Averages; 150 ram lambs £823.76, 43 shearling rams 764.42 (McCartneys).
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