CHAROLAIS bulls met a flying trade from the very start and throughout the duration of the sale at Stirling, where increased confidence in the breed, backed by pedigree and commercial buyers, saw the breed secure the top price of all the breeds sold and a new record average of £7635 for 115 sold through the ring. 
This was an increase of £1514 on the year and for four more sold thanks to a lead price of 46,000gns and a whopping 22 bulls hitting the five-figure bracket. Add to that 88% of the bulls forward selling to new homes and it was certainly a great day for Charolais breeders.
Surpassing the previous best breed average of £7460 for 18 bulls sold at Thainstone in February, 2012, the Stirling event also saw an impressive 62 bulls sell between 5000gns and 10,000gns – a fitting result for Charolais chief executive Peter Phythian who was attending his first Stirling February Bull Sales in his new role. 
“We had a fantastic sale here today. In the last 12 months we have seen increased averages and a rise in clearance rates at every sale of Charolais cattle in the UK. There are also more and more producers returning to the Charolais breed,” said Mr Phythian, adding that commercial buyers are willing to pay that bit more for Charolais bulls.”
Backing up those statements, society chairman Chris Curry, of the Burradon herd, added: “We’ve seen so much interest in the breed over the last 12 months and this is down to the fast-growing attributes of the breed and the fact that you can finish a Charolais at any age. We continue to see Charolais-sired suckled calves top the store trade on weight for age throughout the length and breadth of the country.”
It was a particularly memorable sale for Major David Walter, his son Nick and the self-proclaimed ‘Team B’ to include husband and wife stockman team, Davie and Tracey Nicoll, from Balthayock, Perth, when they secured their first ever overall Charolais championship at a February sale, having stood champion at the October sale 44 years ago. 
More so, Balthayock sold the top two priced bulls at 46,000gns and 19,000gns which were both sons of home-bred sires, with others to 16,000gns, 14,000gns and 10,000gns. In all, their nine bulls sold produced a cracking and best ever herd average of £14,889. 
Sale leader was the 21-month-old Balthayock Minstrel, the overall and senior champion tapped out by judge, Arwel Owen from Tynewydd, Garthbeibio, Welshpool, who said Minstrel was a true out and out breeders bull.
“He oozed presence and Charolais character from the moment I set eyes on him. His functional correctness is amazing for being such a powerful bull. Following the judging and having looked at the catalogue, it gave me great phantom to see a bull with such fantastic data, followed by a fantastic cow family which has already delivered in 2017’s show season, producing the reserve female champion at the Highland,” said Mr Owen.
A son of the show winning Balthayock Ferdinand, which sired the herd’s best bull price yet, the 50,000gns Balthayock Justice sold at Stirling in October, 2015, Minstrel is bred from the Barbican Lancer daughter, Balthayock Gem. She is the dam of Balthayock Lisa which stood reserve female Charolais champion at the Royal Highland Show, last year.  
This big lad sold in a two-way split to pedigree breeders Bill Bruce of the Balmyle herd at Meigle, Blairgowrie, and Neil and Stuart Barclay’s Harestone herd, Aberdeenshire.
Making 19,000gns for the 100-pedigree cow herd which runs alongside 150 commercial cows and 700 breeding ewes was the second prize winner, Balthayock Manifesto. A similarly aged bull to the sale topper, this one is by Balthayock Imp, a sire which stood overall Charolais champion, junior beef inter-breed champion, continental Beef Breeder and reserve overall Beef Breeder at the Highland in 2015. His dam, Balthayock Finesse, is by the 7500gns Swalesmoor Cracker and has bred sons to 9000gns. Manifesto heads south to work in Peter Donger’s Seawell herd at Foxley, Towcester. 

The Scottish Farmer:

Balthayock also received 19,000gns for Balthayock Manifesto  

The reserve senior champion, Balthayock Mandate, by the 20,000gns Maerdy Grenadier, a bull which is a former Highland Show male champion and sired this year’s female champion, made 16,000gns when sold to HR and C Dalrymple, Crailloch, Ballantrae, Girvan. This 21-month-old is bred from Balthayock Gold, another Swalesmoor Cracker-sired cow.
Next best for Balthayock at 14,000gns was their second bull through the ring, Balthayock Mikado, another by Balthayock Imp. This April, 2016-born bull, which produced a red ticket for the herd, is bred from the Swalesmoor Cracker daughter, Balthayock Heaven, which goes back to the famous Unwary dam of Balthayock Impression. He was snapped up by John Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso. 

The Scottish Farmer:

Another from Balthayock, Mandate, the reserve senior champion, made 16,000gns            

And, at 10,000gns the Balthayock team sold their 20-month-old Balthayock Morgan. A son of the 8000gns Ugie Echo which is a former reserve junior champion at Stirling, Morgan is out of the Barbican-sired Balthayock Ira. Selling up to Orkney, he was bought by D Taylor, Hall of Herston, South Ronaldsay.

The Scottish Farmer:

Selling for 14,000gns was Balthayock Mikado    

Father and son team, Neil and Stuart Barclay, also enjoyed a good day when nine bulls from their 70-cow Harestone herd averaged £9500, backed up by top prices of 18,000gns, 13,000gns and 12,000gns. 
Dearest here and kicking the sale off to a good start was their 22-month-old Harestone Monarch, a son of the 25,000gns Thrunton Socrates which stood overall champion at Perth. This red ticket holder is bred from Trefonnen Ffion, an Allanfauld Superscot-sired cow which was bought privately.

The Scottish Farmer:

Harestone Monarch from Neil and Stuart Barclay came under the hammer for 18,000gns          

Keeping it in the family but selling across to France, this cracker sold to Neil’s son in-law, Hugo Retailleau who runs 200 pedigree Charolais cows in the Vendee region, western France. 
Commenting on his purchase, Monsieur Retailleau said: “This is the first Scottish bull I have bought but I have been following the British Charolais pedigree for a long time now, especially Harestone breeding. I had already seen this bull before and I liked the look of him. He’s from a good line too as his sire and dam have both bred well. All of Monarch’s pedigree has been analysed and agreed by the French Charolais Society.”
Securing a 13,000gns bid when sold to P Cooper and Son, Govals, Kincaldrum, Forfar, was the 20-month-old Harestone Master, which stood first in his class. This bull, which is by the 19,000gns Thrunton Fairfax, is an ET bred out of Blelack Gemma, a cow which was bought privately from Blelack and whose first calf sold for a five-figure sum. 

The Scottish Farmer:

Harestone Master another from the Barclays was knocked down for 13,000gns         

Later, the Barclays’ August, 2016-born Harestone MacGregor, which stood second in his class and was part of the best group of three, hit 12,000gns when snapped up by L Forster and Son, West Nubbock, Hexham. This youngster, by the 25,000gns former intermediate champion here, Inverlochy Ferdie – a bull which has won the best sired group of three bulls for a record five times – is the first son of the Harestone Tyrol-sired Harestone Francine.

The Scottish Farmer:

Harestone MacGregor, realised 12,000gns for the Barclay family  

Also hitting the 16,000gns price tag was the best from the Campbells’ Thrunton hrd based at Alnwick. This was Thrunton Montego, a 19-month-old bull by Maerdy Hearthrob, out of the Balmyle Dickler-sired Thrunton Goldcrest. Selling up to Aberdeenshire, he caught the eye of commercial producer, Ron Smith, Wester Coull, Tarland, Aboyne. 

The Scottish Farmer:

Thrunton Montego from the Campbell family also made 16,000gns         

Bob and Kay Adam and sons,  Andrew and James, who run their 25-cow Newhouse herd at Newhouse of Glamis, Forfar, sold their reserve intermediate champion, Newhouse Maxamus, for 15,000gns to JA Connolly’s Brigadoon herd in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland. One of the first sons of the 28,000gns Maerdy Hearthrob bought by the Adams in 2014, this 19-month-old cracker is the first bull calf sold from the 28,000gns Brampton Nacodar-sired cow, Newhouse Geisha. 

The Scottish Farmer:

The Adam family’s reserve intermediate champion, Newhouse Maxamus made 15,000gns             

On the other side of the coin, the Adams paid 10,000gns for Mark McGahan and son Jack’s October, 2016-born Chunal Maverick from the eight-cow herd at Hadfield, Glossop. Bred from a good line, he is by Harestone Hercules, out of a Brampton Nacodar-sired cow. 
Bulls from Esmor Evan’s 150-cow Maerdy herd based at Mold, Wales, also proved popular when three sons of the 10,000gns Blelack Fabulous – a former reserve senior champion here whose first sons sold to 28,000gns and 22,000gns in 2015 – made 14,000gns, 11,000gns and 10,000gns.
The first, Maerdy Montypython, the intermediate champion, is bred from Maerdy Goddess, an AI daughter of Begonia. Herefordshire breeder, J Price, Oakchurch, Staunton-On-Wye, was the last man in on this 18-month-old bull. 
Minutes later, another Aberdeenshire commercial producer, Bill Keir, Ladymill, Alford, forked out 11,000gns for the similarly aged Maerdy Maosglas. This red ticket holder is out of the Clyth Diplomat-sired Maerdy Grug. 
The last son of Blelack Fabulous to make a five-figure sum was the 16-month-old Maerdy Maldwyn, a bull which stood second in his class. This youngster, which is out of the Maerdy Blackout-sired Maerdy Daphne, sold to Caithness with IH Stewart, Reisgill, Lybster, Wick. 
Two other bulls came under the hammer at 12,000gns to include Strathisla Major from Robert Mcaskie, Hill of Muldearie, Keith. A second prize winner in his class, this July, 2016-born son of the 11,000gns Southwillow Hal, a former senior champion at Carlisle, is out of the Corrie Alan-sired cow, Strathisla Hope. He sold back to his home district with the Simmers family of Backmuir Livestock. 

The Scottish Farmer:

Another selling at 12,000gns was Robert McAskie’s Strathisla Major                

Former society chairman, Andrew Hornall, matched this price tag when he sold his August, 2016-born Falleninch Mars to A Strachan, Clochie, Lethnot, Brechin. The first son of Fairway Jefferson, a sire which was bought alongside his mother for 10,000gns at the Fairway dispersal, this second prize winner is out of the Dereskit Fernando daughter, Falleninch Isabella. 

The Scottish Farmer:

Andrew Hornall’s Falleninch Mars realised 12,000gns  

Just behind at 11,500gns and achieving a personal best for Joe Wilson’s Ballinlare herd was Ballinlare Midas, a 20-month-old son of Burradon Goodfellow, which was bought in 2011 for 11,000gns when he was part of the best group of three. Bred out of the best young cow in the herd, Ballinlare Harmony, Midas heads to Midlothian with T Howden and Son, Balleny, Balerno. 
Selling for 11,000gns was Peter and Allen Drysdale’s 17-month-old Glenericht Mecca from his 35-cow herd at Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie. An AI son of Fleets Vibrant which has been used on heifers to breed replacements, he is out of the heifer, Glenericht Jen, which is a full sister to Glenericht Majestic that sold for 11,500gns last October. He sold to pedigree breeder, Jim Muirhead, Firhills, Letham Grange, Arbroath. 
A further three bulls produced 10,000gns sales to include two from Hamish Goldie’s herd at South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries. The first, Goldies Marshall, a son of Wesley Equinox which stood first in his class, heads out to work near Brechin with the Mathers at Shandford, Fern. 
The other, Goldies Mercedes, which sold to A and J Wilson, Mains of Tillymorgan, Insch, is by Blelack Blackberet, whose sons have sold to 20,000gns. 
Local breeder, Murray Lyle from Mid Cambushinnie, Dunblane, sold Loganbar Magnum to David Wilson, Kirkmabreck, Creetown, Newton Stewart. Backed fully by home-bred genetics, he is by Loganbar Interpol.


Bulls born on or between March 4 and April 13, 2016 – 1, NR Barclay’s Hareston Monarch, by Thrunton Socrates, 18,000gns to Gaec Godet Retailleau, La Petite Grassiere, Sevremont, France; 2, MS Durno’s Glenlivet Majestic, by Harestone Icepack, unsold; 3, W Short’s Woodpark Mercury, by Goldies Usher, 4800gns to GT and S Coghill, Muce, Birsay, Orkney; 4, BA and PT Heath’s Sackville Midas, by Wesley Equinox, 3000gns to W Steel and Co, Cumberhead, Lesmahagow, Lanark; 5, MS Durno’s Glenlivet Magic, by Harestone Icepack, 5000gns to Gelston Castle Farms, Borland of Kelton, Castle Douglas. 
Bulls born on or between April 14 and 30, 2016 – 1, DFWH and NR Walter’s Balthayock Mkiado, by Balthayock Imp, 14,000gns to J Jeffrey, Kersknowe, Kelso; 2, C Curry’s Burradon Maximus, by Blelack Imperialist, 5500gns to Armstrong Farming, Murton Farm, Berwick upon Tweed; 3, AG Houston’s Gretnahouse Mackie, by Wesley Equinox, 5500gns to AH Smith, Low Arkland, Kelton, Castle Douglas; 4, JHC Campbell and Sons’ Thrunton Manta, by Thrunton Gladiator, 7800gns to RT Phaup and Pertner, Hoprigshiels, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire; 5, J Jeffrey’s Kersknowe Mechanic, by Jurieshouse Hero, 6000gns to D Steel and Son, White Sykes, West Calder, Midlothian. 
Bulls born on or between May 1 and 17, 2016 – 1, and reserve senior, DFWH and NR Walter’s Balthayock Mandate, by Maeredy Grenadier, 16,000gns to HR and C Dalrymple, Kings Arms, Crailloch, Ballantrae, Girvan; 2, DFWH and NR Walter’s Balthayock Marauder, by Balthayock Ferdinand, 7500gns to B Mackie and Son, Milton of Noth, Huntly; 3, J Jeffrey’s Kersknowe Mandarin, by Inverlochy Fencer, 7000gns to Armstrong Farming, Murton Farm, Berwick upon Tweed; 4, Mr and Mrs CJ Wright’s Carwood Morris, by Ugie Goldcup, 4500gns to RR and MS McCarlie, Wester Hassockrigg, Harthill, Shotts; 5, A MacGregor’s Allanfauld MrChristie, by Balmyle Jasper, 4000gns to T Fitzsimon, Sunnyhill, Hollywood Road, Dumfries. 
Bulls born on or between May 18 and 28, 2016 – 1, senior champion and supreme champion, DFWH and NR Walter’s Balthayock Minstrel, by Balthayock Ferdinand, 46,000gns to Balmyle and Harestone; 2, DFWH and NR Walter’s Balthayock Manifesto, by Balthayock Imp, 19,000gns to PM and SM Donger, Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester; 3, J Irvine and Son’s Inverlochy Marshall, by Blelack Giggsey, 5500gns to Luss Estate, Arnburn, Arden, Alexandria; 4, Mr and Mrs JJ Wight’s Midlock Murray, by Elrick Highlander, 5500gns to DJ Wood, Ochiltree Place Farm, Linlithgow, West Lothian; 5, G Russell’s Lesliepark Maverick, by Mandela Dillion1, unsold. 
Bulls born on or between May 29 and June 8, 2016 – 1, S and D Bothwell’s Killadeas Muldoon, by Wesley Equinox, 7000gns to Rhindhu Farm, Chapeltown, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch; 2, DM Lyle’s Loganbar Maximus, by Bostonia Invincible 2, 6500gns to JS Robertson and Son, Lathrisk, Freuchie, Cupar; 3, A Brown’s Blelack Meridien, by Maerdy Henley, 7500gns to G Davies and Co, Pantyglas, Trecastle, Brecon, Powys; 4, C Curry’s Burradon Meridian, by Puntabrava Federico, 5800gns to W Dunlop and Sons, Elmscleugh, Innerwick, Dunbar; 5, DFWH and NR Walter’s Balthayock Morgan, by Ugie Echo, 10,000gns to D Taylor, Hall of Herston, South Ronaldsay, Orkney. 
Bulls born on or between June 9 and 19, 2016 – 1, H Goldie’s Goldies Marshall, by Wesley Equinox, 10,000gns to W Mathers and Sons, Shandford, Fern, Brechin; 2, H Goldie’s Goldies Maurice, by Blelack Digger, 8200gns to D Hyslop, Clydeside, Lamington, Biggar; 3, JH Wilson and Sons’ Ballinlare Midar, by Burradon Goodfellow, 11,500gns to T Howden and Son, Balleny, Balerno, Midlothian; 4, DT and M Stobart’s Scotby Mark, by Sandelford Harrison, 4200gns to Smallburn Farms, Mayne Farm, Elgin; 5, BA and PT Heath’s Sackville Merlin, by Davally Illusion, 3500gns to T Fitzsimon, Sunnyhill, Hollywood Road, Dumfries. 
Bulls born on or between June 20 and 30, 2016 – 1, NR Barclay’s Harestone Master, by Thrunton Fairfax, 13,000gns to P Cooper and Son, Govals, Kincaldrum, Forfar; 2, RM Adam and Son’s Newhouse Marti, by Maerdy Hearthrob, 5000gns to JW Hogg, Longyester, Gifford, East Lothian; 3, H Goldie’s Goldies Mickey, by Gretnahouse Heman, 9000gns to D Coghill and Sons, Skinnet, Halkirk, Caithness; 4, RM Adam and Son’s Newhouse Marty, by Maerdy Hearthrob, 4500gns to W Dow, Dovecot, Romanno Bridge, West Linton; 5, Mr and Mrs CJ Wight’s Carwood Mighty, by Ugie Goldcup, 7500gns to T Smith and Son, Netherton, Whitehouse, Alford. 
Bulls born on or between July 1 and 17, 2016 – 1, NR Barclay’s Harestone Mat, by Inverlochy Ferdie, 8500gns to JJ Gordon, Wellheads, Huntly; 2, H Goldie’s Goldies Matchmaker, by Goldies Formidable, 9000gns to AH Fisher, Merrick, Portpatrick, Stranraer; 3, H Goldie’s Goldies Manager, by Gretnahouse Heman, 6200gns to JH Ireland, Feoch, Darvel, Ayrshire; 4, DM Lyle’s Loganbar Magnum, by Loganbar Interpol, 10,000gns to J and W Wilson, Kirkmabreck, Creetown, Newton Stewart; 5, RM Adam and Son’s Newhouse Memphis, by Maerdy Hearthrob, 5000gns to D Coghill and Sons, Skinnet, Halkrik, Caithness. 
Bulls born on or between July 18 and 26, 2016 – 1 and reserve intermediate, RM Adam and Son’s Newhouse Maxamus, by Maerdy Hearthrob, 15,000gns to JA Connolly, Brigadoon Charolais, Creevyargon Road, Ballynahinch, Co Down; 2, RS McAskie’s Strathisla Major, by Southwillow Hal, 12,000gns to WR Simmers and Sons, Backmuir, Keith; 3, WK and P Drysdale’s Glenericht Mutley, by Caylers Gladiator, 7000gns to Lour Farms, Ladenford, Forfar; 4, NR Barclay’s Harestone Majestic, by Inverlochy Ferdie, 9000gns to JM Stewart, Nether Balfour Farms, Drumoak; 5, NR Barclay’s Harestone Marvel, by Thrunton Fearless, 5000gns to ADC Anderson, Upper Tillygarmond, Finzean, Banchory. 
Bulls born on or between July 27 and August 23, 2016 – 1, intermediate champion and reserve supreme, DE Evans’ Maerdy Montypython, by Blelack Fabulous, 14,000gns to J Price, Oakchurch Farms, Staunton-on-Wye, Hereford; 2, AB Hornall’s Falleninch Mars, by Fairway Jefferson, 12,000gns to A Strachan, Clochie, Lethnot, Brechin; 3, WK and P Drysdale’s Glenericht McCoy, by Caylers Gladiator, 7500gns to Scottish Government Bull Stud, Longman Road, Inverness; 4, DM Lyle’s Loganbar Morocco, by Bostonia Invincible 2, 8000gns to JB Paterson and Co, Hartbush, Amisfield, Dumfries; 5, J Irvine and Son’s Inverlochy Morgan, by Kilbline 1 Instigator, 5000gns to J and A Robb, Westerhall, Dollar. 
Bulls born on or between August 24 and 31, 2016 – 1, DE Evan’s Maerdy Maosglas, by Blelack Fabulous, 11,000gns to B Keir and Son, Ladymill, Alford; 2, NR Barclay’s Harestone MacGregor, by Inverlochy Ferdie, 12,000gns to L Forster and Son, West Nubbock, Hexham; 3, H Goldie’s Goldies Mercecdes, by Blelack Blackberet, 10,000gns to A and J Wilson, Mains of Tillymorgan, Culsalmond, Insch; 4, DE Evans’ Maerdy Maesgwyn, by Maerdy Jaguarimp, 6000gns to W Duncan and Co, East Lediken, Insch; 5, H Goldie’s Goldies Magic, by Blelack Blackberet, DE Evans’ Maerdy Maesgwyn, 5800gns to Smallburn Farms, Mayne Farm, Elgin. 
Bulls born on or between September 1 and 14, 2016 – 1 and junior champion, J and S Middleton’s Hollywell Mojito, by Thrunton Fairfax, 9500gns to Smallburn Farms, Maybe Farm, Elgin; 2, S and D Bothwell’s Killadeas Mister, by Lisnadill Indiana, 9500gns to B Keir and Son, Ladymill, Alford; 3, WK and P Drysdale’s Glenericht Mecca, by Fleets Vibrant, 11,000gns to D Muirhead, Firhills Farm, Letham Grange, Arbroath; 4, RS McAskie’s Strathisla Mickey, by Blelack Blackberet, 4400gns to Glenrinnes Farms, Dufftown; 5, S and D Bothwell’s Killadeas Matador, by Blelack Digger, 5000gns to J and B Mitchell, Badentoul, Fordyce, Portsoy. 
Bulls born on or between September 15 and October 1, 2016 – 1, H Goldie’s Goldies Masterstroke, by Goldies Formidable, 8000gns to JG Callum, Ashlea, Milton of Culloden, Inverness; 2, H Goldie’s Goldies Monty, by Goldies Formidable, 7000gns to Craigkelly Farm, Longloch, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy; 3, T and S Gatherer’s Barnsford McFee, by Blelack Digger, 6000gns to P McMillan, Eorrabus, Bridgend, Isle of Islay; 4, P and S Janoch’s Leckaway Maestro, by Oakchurch Igor, 2200gns to GT and S Coghill, Muce Birsay, Orkney; 5, RA and J Blyth’s Marwood Major, by Blelack Digger, unsold. 
Bulls born on or between October 2 and 16, 2016 – 1 and reserve junior, M McGahan’s Chunal Maverick, by Harestone Hercules, 10,000gns to RM Adam and Son, Newhouse of Glamis, Forfar; 2, DE Evans’ Maerdy Maldwyn, by Blelack Fabulous, 10,000gns to IH Stewart, Reisgill, Lybster, Wick; 3, J and J Graham’s Blackford Monarch, by Clyth Diplomat, 6200gns to JS Robertson and Son, Lathrisk, Freuchie, Cupar; 4, RA Milne’s Elgin Matta, by Woodpark Elgin, 5000gns to J and L MacKay, Hillhead, Lybster, Caithness; 5, M McGahan’s Chunal Mustang, by Wesley Equinox, 8000gns to RW Walker, Heavyside, Kelso. 
Bulls born on or after October 17, 2016 – 1, J Irvine and Son’s Inverlochy Mover, by Blelack Giggsey, 9500gns to NR Gammis, Davo Mains, Laurencekirk; 2, DE Evans’ Maerdy Maesmor, by Maerdy Gouverneur, 8000gns to GJ Crawford, Tamneymartin Road, Maghera, Co Londonderry; 3, S and D Bothwell’s Killadeas Mighty, by Dingle Hofmeister, 5500gns to J Meikle, Newhouse, Jackton, East Kilbride; 4, J Watson and Co’s Tweeddale Marine, by Thrunton Fairfax, 6200gns to RM MacKay and Sons, Greenvale, Dunnet, Thurso; 5, R McWilliams’ Stranagone Makemyday, by Stranagone Jones, 5000gns to GH Sinclair and Son, Nottingham Mains, Latheron, Caithness. 
Heifers born on or after March 19, 2016 – 1, H Goldie’s Goldies Madame, by Gretnahouse Heman, 7000gns to K Earle, Llwyncrwn Farm, Penypont, Carmarthan, Dyfed; 2, H Goldie’s Goldies Milady, by Gretnahouse Heman, 3600gns to DP Daniel, Lower Heathley, Maxworthy, Lauceston, Cornwall; 3, MS Durno’s Glenlivet Member, by Deunawd Jeff, 2400gns to J Middleston, Heather Road, Upper Creevagh, Londonderry; 4, MS Durno’s Glenlivet Mystery, by Deunawd Jeff, 2200gns to J Middleston, Heather Road, Upper Creevagh, Londonderry; 5, H Goldie’s Goldies Melissa, by Balthayock Influence, unsold.

OTHER leading prices:

16,000gns – JHC Campbell’s Thrunton Montego, by Maerdy Hearthrob, to CA Smith, Wester Coull, Tarland, Aboyne. 
8500gns – D Thornley’s Dooley Matador, by Davally Igolo, to PS Johnston, Brockan, Stromness, Orkney. 
8000gns – S McAskie’s Strathisla Mozart, by Southwillow Hal, to J Pate and Sons, Mossielee, Galashiels, Selkirk. 
7800gns – AG Houston’s Gretnahouse Messi, by Wesley Equinox, to H MacDonald, Mains of Dalvey, Advie, Moray.
7500gns – JHC Campbell and Sons’ Thrunton Midas, by Thrunton Gladiator, to Lour Farms, Ladenford, Forfar; DFWH and NR Walter’s Balthayock Marquis, by Balthayock Impression, to H Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries.