Averages: 15 gimmers, £271.33 (-£212.42 for seven more sold); 25 ewe lambs, £301.20 (+£2.40 for the same number); 70 ram lambs, £487.86 (+£48.74 for four more sold).

A relatively strong sale was witnessed at the Border Leicester ram lamb show and sale at Lanark on Wednesday where top prices of £2700 and £2100 coupled with another 10 at four-figure prices were the order of the day.

Sale leader was the No 1 from John Barrowman's Knockglass flock from Stranraer, purchased by Tom Nelson, High Kilphin, Ballantrae, Girvan. Backed by one of the best known females in the breed, this big lamb is bred from a ewe by Eildon Epic that stood champion at the National Show in 2017; breed leader at the Highland in 2018 and Four Nations champion at the inaugural show at Carlisle, last month.The sire is Didcot Duster.

Mr Barrowman also topped the females at £1100 with the section champion and reserve overall, a ewe lamb. She is by Kingfisher Klondike – the first prize aged ram at the Highland – out of a ewe by Intock Sandy and sold down to Whitby with AL Lyth, Mount Pleasant, Lealholm.

The champion, a ram lamb from Jimmy Douglas' Clola flock from Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh, realised £2100. This cracker is by Alticane Hitman – the top priced lamb at Lanark last year at £2800 – out of a ewe by Didcot Real Diamond. He sold down to Cumbria, with F and R Farms, Piper Hole, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen.

Mr Douglas also received £1400 from Allan Grant, Innergellie House, Anstruther, for another by Hitman, bred from a ewe by Muirmouth Mustang.

Having topped the trade at Kelso, father and son duo, Sandy and Alex Watson, from Muthill, Crieff, were back in the money at Lanark with ram lambs at £1700, £1600 and £1000.

Tops here for the Intock flock was the pen leader, a Drennans Dazzler son that stood reserve male champion at the pre-sale show, judged by Tom Nelson. Another well bred on the female side, his dam a home-bred ewe by Didcot Drambuie was breed champion at the Highland Show in June and is a twin sister to Intock Sandy. He sold across the Irish Sea with B Jordon, Rathangan, Duncormick, Wexford.

The £1600 lamb, by the same sire and bred from a sister to the Highland Show champion in 2010, also by Didcot Drambuie, was bought by David and Iain Walker, buying for their Alticane flock from Pinwherry, Girvan.

Isle of Man breeder, AG Rothwell, Foxdale, Isle of Man, bought the £1000 Intock lamb. Another by Drennans Dazzler, he is out of a ewe by Eildon Rob Roy that goes back to Intock Invincible.

Ram lamb sons of Didcot Duster proved popular for Mary Laidlaw's Drennans flock from Galston too, with sales at £1500 and £1400. The dearest, bred from a ewe by Alticane Alternative, was knocked down to Messrs McGrab, Northern Ireland, while the £1400 lamb was purchased by Stuart Heads, Aitkenhead, Fenwick.

Entries from David and Iain Walker's Alticane flock from Pinwherry, sold to £1400 twice for members of the first prize pen of three.

The first and pen leader, is by Drennans Double Deal, a tup bought last year which bred the first and second prize ewe lambs at the Highland Show, in June. The dam, a home-bred ewe by Meindrim Mighty, is also a noted show winner having stood second at the Highland and champion at Colmonell and Stranraer, last year. He sold to Pete and Nicky Brown, Clachaig, Kilmory, Arran.

Double Deal was also behind the second £1400 lamb from Alticane, purchased by SRS and AB Neachell and Son, Shrubbery, Aldridge, Staffs. He is out of a ewe by Atok Ace.

Top price for Sandy Haggart's Muirmouth flock from Madderty, Perthshire was £1400 paid for a ram lamb by Drennans Storm, out of a ewe by Intock Invincible, purchased by AL Lyth, Whitby. He was a member of the second prize pen of three along with another, the exact same way bred from Muirmouth that made £1100, selling to Tom Tennant, buying for the West Forth flock from Gilmanscleugh, Ettrick.

Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.