A tremendous crowd travelled the length and breadth of the country to attend the first Crystal Maze sale of pedigree in-lamb Texel fe-males, where prices topped at 3500 guineas. Bidding was brisk for all lots, with in-lamb gimmers being purchased by buyers from right across the UK and Ireland.
Leading the sale was a super gimmer from the Knap flock of Robert Cockburn, Perthshire. Sired by Sportsman Cannon Ball and carrying to New View Electrifying, this exciting prospect is out of the noted show ewe Knap Yuga Khan. Following spirited bidding auctioneer Richard Beattie knocked her down to Ballymena breeder Johnny Cubitt.
Chasing this at 3000 guineas was a Hilltop gimmer sired by Knock Crackerjack, presented by Kenny Pratt, Aberdeen. Selling in lamb to Cressage Enforcer, and with a 12.5k granddam behind her, this one was snapped up by Patrick and James Murphy, County Mayo.
Liam McPolin, Mayobridge, forked out 2900 guineas for a lovely hogget from Gordon Gray, Ettrick. With an ET recently sold for 11,000 guineas, there was keen interest in this Ettrick Cocky Bob daughter, carrying to New View Electrifying.
The Hilltop prefix was back in the money again at 2600 guineas with another Crackerjack daughter. She sold scanned with twins to Lakeview Earn Your Keep, and joins Rian O’Hare, Hilltown. Sportsman Chieftan sired a 2500 guineas gimmer from Hilltop, purchased by Martin Millar, Coleraine. She was scanned in-lamb to Far Hey Exterminator.
Also realising 2500 guineas was another daughter of Sportsman Cannonball from Knap, selling to Thomas Hogg, Lisbellaw. The same price was recorded for a Ettrick Cocky Bob daughter carrying to New View Electrifying from the Gray team. She sold to Robin Creighton, Chelmsford. The same buyer parted with 2000 guineas to secure a Brackenridge Commander daughter from Ettrick also.
Leading the Proctors consignment at 2100 guineas was a daughter of Usk Vale Cheeky Charlie carrying to Sportsman Double Diamond. She now joins Brian and Billy Smyth, County Meath.
Andrew Kennedy’s Maineview flock enjoyed brisk trade selling to 2000 guineas for a daughter of Farmhill Wizz Kid, secured by Johnny Cubitt, Ballymena. Another from Maineview sold at 1800 guineas to Pat Farrell, County Meath. Fairywater Columbo sired this lot, carrying twins to Alderview Explosive.
The Lakeview flock of Gary Beacom sold to 1900 guineas forked out by Danny Murray, Pettigo, for a Langside Bushwhacker daughter carrying to Glenside Emerald.
The entire crop of gimmers from David Warwick, Braehead, met with spirited bidding, topping at 1800 guineas paid by Mark Patterson, Crumlin, for a Sportsman Batman daughter.
Alan Glendinning, Tober-more, paid out 1800 guineas for another from Braehead, this time sired by Knock Bantastic.
The Braehead, Cowal, Ettrick, Hilltop, Knap, Lakeview, Maineview, Milnbank, Mullan, Procters, Strath-bogie and Tullagh flocks would like to thank all those who attended their sale and purchased or bid for lots.
Also to Richard Beattie and his team for conducting the auction, all of the sponsors for their generosity and Libby Clarke for her assistance.
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