Averages; 52 shearling rams £1298.77 (-£43.96 for 14 fewer); 153 ram lambs £1088.26 (-£52.19 for 18 fewer); 75 gimmers, £1171.52 (-£155.51 for 10 more).;

Two five-figure ram sales at 15,000gns and 10,000gns and a gimmer at 9000gns proved the highlight of the English National Texel Sale at Worcester earlier this week.

Dearest was a tup lamb from Will Davis' Usk Vale flock from Monmouthshire, purchased by Nick Legge and family buying for the Thornbury flock. Setting the corks flying here was Usk Vale Champagne Charlie, by Hexel Born To Be Wild, a tup that bred lambs at 36,000gns and 13,000gns twice at Lanark for Mr Davis. Champagne Charlie is bred from a Glenside ewe by the 82,000gns Cornmore Velvet Jacket.

His full brother, Usk Vale Cloud 9, made 4500gns to James Theyer of the Clanfield flock from Oxfordshire.

Hitting the 10,000gns mark was the second prize shearling ram, Canllefaes Bright Spark from WT Davies and Co, Cardigan, Ceredigion. A son of Talcoed You Know, out of a dam by Young Venture Vantasitic, he was knocked down to Perthshire breeder, Thomas Muirhead, buying on behalf of Ian Hunter, Dalchirla Farms, Muthill, Crieff.

Second top price amongst the shearlings was 7000gns paid for Whitehart Big Style from Nicola Hartwright and her father, Jim. Sired by Strawfrank Wild Thing, he is out if a dam by Broomknowes Tyson and had stood first in the pre-sale show. Paul and Christine Tippetts, buying for their Wilodge flock from Shifnal, were the final bidders.

Second top price amongst the ram lambs was 5500gns paid for an entry from Welsh breeder Myfyr Evans' Rhaeadr flock. A son of Garngour Alabama, out of a dam by Clinterty Yuga Khan, he was purchased by Stephen Cobbald, Suffolk.

Just behind on 5000gns, Biggar-based breeder, Robert Laird, sold Cambwell Chieftain, a Langford Adder Again son out of a home-bred ewe by Cambwell Trademark. Bred from the same dam as last year’s sale topping Cambwell Boss Hogg, he was knocked down to Andrew Reed and family for the Scolton flock, South Wales.

Making 4200gns was David Gray's Tima Cantona from Selkirk. Sired by the £29,000 Garngour Awesome, this lamb is out of a dam by Clinterty Yankee Doodle and sold to AE Williams and Son, Craven Arms.

Close behind at 4000gns was Plasucha Copycat from Robert Bennett, Welshpool. He is by Mullan Awesome, out of a Knock Yankee dam and sold to David Bradley-Farmer, Oxfordshire.

Two sold for 3300gns, to include Jim Innes' Strathbogie Crisscross from Dunscroft, Huntly. A Sportsmans Benchmark son, bred from a ewe by Glenside Valhala, he headed home with J Lea, Market Drayton.

Matching that price was Charlie Boden's Mellor Vale Capri from Stockport, purchased by John Owens and family, Shobdon, Leominster. He is by the 32,000gns Plasucha Big Gun, and out of a dam by Knock Will I Am.

Leading the gimmer trade at 9000gns was the pre-sale female champion from Angus and Sue Howie’s Millhouse flock from Devon. Their entry, which had also stood reserve overall champion in the pre-sale show, is by the 32,000gns Cairness Ranger out of a dam by the homebred Millhouse Upstart and sold to James Theyer, Clanfield flock.

Mr Theyer also bought the second top priced gimmer at 6200gns from Jim Innes, Strathbogie. This was the second prize winner at the pre-sale show, a daughter of the Irish sire Greenstar Alfie, isout of a dam by Aman Vyrnwy.

Perthshire breeder, Robert Cockburn, Knap, also came up with the goods, taking 6000gns for Mullan Amigo gimmer bred from a Charben Valentine dam from Mark Priestley, Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

At 3600gns, the sole gimmer from the Watkins family’s Cwmcerrig flock, a Strathbogie Yes Sir daughter out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle, sold to J Mifflin, Halmer End, Stoke on Trent.

And, hot on her heels at 3500gns, a triple-born entry from Gordon Gray's Ettrick flock from Selkirk, sold to Adam and Jessica Neachell, Walsall. She is by Hartside All Star is out of a dam by Ettrick Sir Alan.

Auctioneers: McCartneys.