As promised yesterday here is my pick of the bulls for this weekend’s sale of Limousins at Carlisle. I’ve tried to keep it a real top end selection this time, so there are bound to some in the book that I don’t mention which you feel are worthy of noting.

champ ring shot.JPGAs usual feel free to comment below, adding your personal picks and in the meantime I’ll dive for cover!

First to appear in my list is Moonleaze Doubledecker (lot 158) from the Comers of Swindon. This bull combines a number of top blood lines, being a son of Bernish Alfy, a Sympa son out of a Gigolo daughter, and out of Ronick Vienna, a Cannon daughter with Bailea Olympia in her back line. He has a beef value of +43.

Next up is one I’m really looking forward to seeing, Nebo Director (lot 160) from the Thomas family. This is by Dauphin and out of Nebo Roberta, dam of Nebo Viking, stock bull at Smiths of Bloxham. Roberta is by Gaulois and was also dam of 12,000gns Nebo Dynamite sold at Carlisle last May. My only concern here would be his mobility, I’ve not been a massive fan of Viking’s movement, so we’ll have to see what Director does himself.His beef value is +45.

I’m also intrigued by Rainbow Dunkirk (lot 171). This Springwood Vino son – a Gigolo son – is out of a full sister to Rainbow Simon, stock bull for the Quicks in Devon. Simon has been breeding consistently good sons which have sold readily at Carlisle in recent sales and I’ll be looking to see what this line, combined with Gigolo breeding can offer.

And then I skip through the catalogue a bit, to Gronw Darnel (lot 234). This one is by Scordale Terry, but his interesting breeding is in his dam’s side, with Gigolo and Djerk in his back pedigree, this should give him plenty of muscle. He has a beef value of +44.

A brace from John Weatherill’s Millington herd are next to draw my eye. This first of these is Millington Diploma (lot 258) and is the pick of their entry for me. This is by Mas Du Clo and out of Gaich Pinup. This Djerk daughter is out of Gaich Nutcracker is a real muscle machine with a Royal Welsh breed championship to her name. His beef value is a little on the low side at +24.

The other from this herd is the first of a pair of ET brothers to 28,000gns heifer Millington Davina, Millington Dallas (lot 259). Now, its probably well remembered that I’ve not been Davina’s biggest fan, she’s just too masculine and slightly unbalanced for me, but you can’t deny the way the dam, Brockhurst Option has been breeding, with another daughter Millington Choice selling for 10,000gns. Dallas has a beef value of +27, the next lot – Millington Dejavu is the other ET brother.

Following that I’ve marked Ampertaine Dynamo (lot 299), this Sympa son (a sire needing no introduction), is out of Kype Signet, a Cloughhead Lord daughter. This combination of Sympa and Lord is one that’s clicked well for several herds and this could be no different with Dynamo’s full brother Brigadier sold privately to AI services in 2007. He carries a beef value of +36.

And after him, I’ve come to Glangwden Daniel (lot 307). This Haltcliffe Ullswater son (another Sympa son leaving top selling progeny) is out of Panama, a Jacot daughter, with a female line with a grandmother, Delicieuse, shared with Requin, Brian Jones’ good breeding bull. He has a beef value of +37.

Spookily, having just mentioned Brian Jones, it is a Bailea bull that gets the next tick, Bailea Black Dazzle. This a black son of Salomon, again a sire needing no introduction, out of Belldoon Delite, a Planet Hollywood SLVL daughter . He sells with a beef value of +28.

Then it’s the turn of a Northern Irish bull, Baltracey Delboy (lot 357). This is another Mas Du Clo son and is out of Knocknagree Tesse, a Dauphin daughter with a female line back to Geant. This could be an interesting combination of French sires.

After that it’s another French combination, Grahams Dallas (lot 373) drawing my eye. This son of Robert Graham’s leading show bull Samy is out of French cow Noix, dam of 22,000gns bull Grahams Ultra. This is one of those that I’m just intrigued to see because of his full French breeding, he might not come to much, but we’ll find out on Friday.

And now we’re edging closer to what look’s like being the “class of death” class 21, but before that in class 20 is Millgate Dollar (lot 388) from Michael Loughran. This Haltcliffe Underwriter son is out of Millgate Biddy, a Hawk daughter out of a dam by Mas Du Clo. With those lines combined, he carries a double dose of Cannon, one from each side and has a beef value of +39. He also picked up the championshipe ticket at last year’s Northern Irish calf show.

Then we’re in to what look’s like one of the strongest classes of Lims I’ve seen in a while, it surely is one to test judge Harry Emslie on Friday, but I suspect it might well test the ringside judges too.

First pick (entirely in catalogue order) is Ironstone Diego from the Smiths of Bloxham team. This Vantastic son is out of 22,000gns purchase Bailea Umelia. His breeding combines Wilodge Tonka and Christine Williams’ famous French cow Ravenelle, and Requin and Imposant. ET bred he has a beef value of +38. There has previously been talk of Smiths turning down 25,000gns for one of their team at home, but I have to say I’m not convinced by this story as it doesn’t seem to hold any water with anyone I’ve spoken to. That said it’s about time SOB started taking big money for bulls, so perhaps this could be their year???

Next in this class is another bull with a lot of talk behind it, Gorrycarm Diarra (lot 396) from David Kenwell. This one is a Sympa son out of Honeylodge Ava, a Cloughhead Lord daughter. As mentioned earlier this is a combination working well in many herds and Diarra’s pedigree certainly packs a punch, with Mas Du Clo and Dauphin tucked away in his back line. His beef value is +36.

Then there is another from the Loughrans to take the eye, Millgate Doc (lot 400). This is another Underwriter son out off Ballyline Udima, a Mas Du Clo daughter out of a Dauphin daughter. So, this one draws in Sympa, Cannon, Mas Du Clo and Dauphin in his sire stack. With a beef value of +46, he stood second to herd mate Dollar at the Northern Irish calf show.

Finally in this class is another one rumoured to be an outstanding proposition, Grahams Dublin (lot 404). He’s by Millington Vascular (another of Brockhurst Option’s progeny) and out of Burnbank Adele, a Grahams Tycoon daughter out of Ryedale Idyll. Those who have seen the Grahams team for Carlisle tell me this is the one to watch and he has a beef value of +36.

And my last pick for this catalogue is Goldies Dynamo from Bruce Goldie. This is by Ampertaine Bravo, another Sympa son out of a Lord daughter, and is out of Goldies Babe, a Nenuphar daughter with Cannon in her dam’s side. He also goes back to Ronick Isabelle, dam of 20,000gns Goldies Apollo and 12,000gns Goldies Unionflag. He has a beef value of +39.

So, having read all of that I’m sure there’ll be something that’s taken your fancy that I’ve not seen, but if its a Wilodge bull I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed as I understand these won’t be heading to Carlisle this time around, with two having been sold previously and the youngest of the bunch now destined for Carlisle in May. See you in Carlisle on Friday……