TEAM Boden's Sportmans flock again came up with the goods at the Christmas Stars sale of pedigree Texel females at Carlisle, producing two of the three highest priced lots and the lead average of £3221.59 for 11.

The flock, managed by Charlie and Steph Boden and family of Josh, Rosie and Tom, first saw their pen leader hit 9000gns, but it was the No 2 that led the trade when she made 14,000gns selling to former Suffolk breeder, John Sinnett who is now based at Wetheral, Carlisle.

This big girl is by the same sire as the family's Sportmans A Star that made 135,000gns being a daughter of Teiglum Younggun, out of a ewe by Tullylagan Tonka that goes back to a Knock female by Cambwell Rob Roy. She sold carrying twin lambs to the 32,000gns Plasucha Young Gun bought earlier this year at Lanark.

Sportmans' 9000gns gimmer, was also bred from a ewe by Tullylagan Tonka, a lamb bought for 42,000gns in 2012, but sired by the 60,000gns Knock Will.I.Am. Mr Sinnett also purchased this entry which changed hands due with a pair to the 40,000gns Garngour Alabama.

On the debit side, Mr Boden bought the second equal top priced gimmer at 9000gns from Graham Morrison's Deveronvale flock from Inchbruich, Banff, which enjoyed a cracking trade to average in excess of £3000 for 11.

Sale leader here was a daughter of the privately purchased Strathbogie Yes Sir, that is a full ET sister to the Deveronvale Aftershock, while the dam, a ewe by Strathbogie Terminator is a sister to the 19,000gns Deveronvale Warrior sold at Lanark in 2015. With embryos retained by Mr Morrison, she sold carrying a single to the 26,000gns Sportmans Benchmark.

Other top gimmers from the Deveronvale flock sold to 6000gns, 4500gns and 3000gns, with Robert Evans, buying two for his Hope Valley flock from Shrewsbury. This included the 6000gns entry, a Knap Yard Master-sired gimmer out of a ewe by Glenside Razzle Dazzle, whose maternal sisters have sold to 7000gns and 6000gns. Deveronvale Aftershock a Strathbogie Yes Sir son was the service sire and she sold carrying a pair of lambs to him.

Mr Evans also went to 3000gns for another gimmer by Strathbogie Yes Sire out of a ewe by Terminator which sold due with a single to Sportmans Benchmark. Her maternal sisters have peaked at 6000gns with brothers to 3500gns.

Mr Morrison's 4500gns gimmer was bred the exact same way and again sold carrying a single to Benchmark, to Will McCaffrey, buying for his Scholars flock from Malpas, Cheshire.

Strathbogie genetics were also behind the dearest from the Campbell brothers – Keith, Allan and Roy's – Cowal flock from Lochgoilhead, brought out by shepherd Chris Toner. Their pen leader, by Strathbogie Your Tupped, a 42,000gns purchase, is bred from a ewe by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid that is a maternal sister to the 5500gns Cowal Yorkshire Lad that was male champion at the Yorkshire in 2016. She changed hands at 4500gns scanned for a pair of lambs to the 75,000gns Auldhouseburn Boss, purchased in August, to Bruce Renwick and family, who own the Castlecairn flock at Legars, Kelso.

Another by the same sire from Cowal but due with a single lamb to the 22,000gns Midlock Avicii, made 2500gns to Messrs Peart, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland. Her dam is by Castlecairn Vital Spark and sold with seven embryos.

Two gimmers sold for 4000gns to include the best from John Forsyth's Glenside flock bought by Alasdair Beaton, Slamannan, Falkirk. This was a gimmer by Sorn Young Gun, a Castlecairn Vavavoom son and full brother to Glenside Wild Boy, out of a ewe by Mellor Vale The One. She sold due with a single to the 130,000gns Sportsmans A Star.

Matching that 4000gns bid was the No 2 from Jim Innes' Strathbogie flock from Huntly, brought out by shepherd Michael Leggat. She is by Strathbogie Yes Big Boy – last year's male champion at the Highland – out of a ewe by Strathbogie Untouchable and sold scanned for triplets to the 18,000gns Knap Blazing Star, to Messrs Head, Okehampton, Devon.

Another two gimmers made 2500gns with the first being another backed by Strathbogie genetics but this time consigned by Robbie Wilson of the Milnbank flock from Turriff. His dearest by Yes Sir and bred from a ewe by Untouchable was bought by Messrs Craig, Glencaple, Dumfriesshire, due with a pair to the 28,000gns Auldhouseburn Billy The Kid.

Later Karen and Allan Wight's Midlock flock from Crawford, received the same money from Suffolk-based breeder, Stephen Cobbald, Acton, for an entry by Clinterty Yuga Khan, in lamb to the 12,000gns Knock Bantastic. Her dam, is a show ewe by Springwell Wallaby.

Averages: Hilltop flock – Four gimmers, £826.87; Clinterty – Seven gimmers, £492.00; Milnbank – 16 gimmers, £1325.62; Sportsmans – 11 gimmers, £3221.59; Strathbogie – 14 gimmers, £1106.25; Cowal – Seven gimmers, £1672.50; Knap – Eight gimmers, £885.93; Fordafourie – Six gimmers, £1190.00; Glenside – 14 gimmers, £930.00. Midlock – 10 gimmers, £1281.00; Deveronvale – 11 gimmers, £3021.13.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.