Charlie Boden’s Sportsmans flock continued its successful run at the Solway and Tyne Texel Club’s breed sale at Carlisle, selling the top priced lot at 48,000gns.

The flock from Stockport, Cheshire, owned by Charlie and Steph and family of Josh, Rosie and Tom, produced the sale leader at both the Scottish and English National sales, and topped the Carlisle event with Sportsmans Dare Devil.

He is yet another son of the 65,000gns Garngour Craftsman, a tup that not only sired the record breaking 350,000gns Sportsmans Double Diamond, at Lanark, along with the remainder of the pen that day, but also the 16,000gns sale leader at Worcester. The dam, a home-bred ewe, is by Garngour Alabama, and is full sister to the dam of the 100,000gns Sportsmans Batman, sold here in 2018.

Dare Devil sold to Myfyr Evans, buying for his Rhaeadr flock from Denbighshire.

Another by Craftsman, made 6000gns to Messrs Morgan, Coton, Whitchurch, Shropshire. Sportsmans Dynamo is out of a Clinterty Yogi Bear-sired ewe.

The Scottish Farmer:

Castlecairn Doodlebug sold for 38,000gns for the Renwick family

On the flip side, Sportsmans went in partnership with Gary Beacom, of the Lakeview flock from Fivemiletown, Northern Ireland, to buy Bruce and Fletcher Renwick’s Castlecairn Doodlebug from Legars, Kelso, at 38,000gns. This lamb is by Haymount Crackerjack, a tup used on loan from Jack and Tom Arnott, and bred from a gimmer by Midlock Ali Baa Baa, which won several top show awards as a ewe lamb and a gimmer.

Castlecairn Diamond Vision also made his mark for the Renwicks, when he achieved 6000gns, to Aberdeenshire breeders, Kenny Pratt, Oldtown, Peterculter, and Albert and George Howie, West Knock, Stuartfield, with Northumberland-based David McKerrow, New Heaton, Cornhill-On-Tweed, taking a third share. He is by the 36,000gns Usk Vale Cheeky Charlie and from the same dam family as previous lamb.

The Scottish Farmer:

Garngour Detroit made 32,000gns for Allan Clark

Sportsmans also went to 32,000gns to buy Garngour Detroit from Alan Clark, North Garngour, Lesmahagow. He is a son of the 15,000gns Procters Chumba Wumba bought here last year, which has already bred sons to 65,000gns, 30,000gns and 14,000gns at Lanark. The dam is a Silvermere Baltic sired-ewe.

The substitute entry, Mattadale Dance Money, from Matthew Stockdale, Crosshow, Dearham, surpassed his previous best of 7500gns, when he sold at 8000gns. A son of Tophill Cockney Rebel bred from a ewe by an Eden Valley sire, he sold to three Welsh breeders to include Messrs Davies, Capel Usaac, Llandelio; Messrs Davies, Heol Ddu, Ammanford, and Messrs Lewis, Cwmann, Dyfed.

Mattadale Dancer, by the same sire made 5000gns, selling to Lanarkshire breeders, Malcolm Coubrough, Hartside Farms, and Alastair and David MacArthur, Nunnerie. He is out of a Cowal Vogue sired ewe.

A further four lambs sold for 5000gns each, with the first being Kenny Pratt’s Hilltop Dynamic, purchased by Messrs Whiteford, West Hall, Brampton. He is by Sportsmans Chieftain and out of a Strathbogie Terminator sired-ewe that has bred lambs to 4600gns twice.

After topping the shearling trade at 6000gns, the Wight family, Midlock, Crawford, then sold Midlock Del Boy for 5000gns to AM and L Sutherland, Carran, Forss, Thurso. This March-born entry by Sportsmans Cannon Ball is bred from a ewe hogg by Knock Bantastic.

Haymount Double O Seven, by Usk Vale Crackerjack, also made 5000gns for the Arnotts, Haymount, Kelso. Another heading up to Aberdeenshire, this time with Brian Buchan, Clinterty, New Aberdour, Double O Seven is out of a Clinterty Yuga Khan-sired ewe.

The last lamb to make 5000gns was Will Davis’ Usk Vale Dark Intentions, from Maesmawr, Pontypool, purchased by Messrs Foster, Castlederg, Co Tyrone. The March-born entry is by Hexel Born To Be Wild, while the dam, a bought in female, is by Allanfauld Am The Man.

averages: 302 ram lambs, £1420.66 (+£215.43 for 28 more).

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.