As promised, albeit a little later than I’d hoped, here is a quick preview of this week’s Lanark Texel sale. Of course this is only my opinion and I’m likely to be missing some lambs you’ve marked off or will have included something you won’t be taking a shine to. So, feel free to add your own selections as a comment below.
First pick for me is Arkle South Pacific (lot 108), this is by last year’s 40,000gns lamb Cambwell Rob Roy and out of a dam by Newton Field King Pin and has a strong index of 331.
Second up is Llangwm Stallone (lot 144). He’s a full brother to last year’s 32,000gns Llangwm Rocky, sold to Malcolm Reid, being by Kelso Picasso and out of a dam by Cowal Monarch of the Glen and has an index of 305.
Then I’ve marked the first from Procters Farms, Procters Spectacular (lot 147). This Haddo Ringleader son is out of a dam by Ettrick McCoist which was bought privately from the Annan flock and was the second prize aged ewe at this year’s Royal Welsh. There are others in this pen of note too, including Procters Sovereign (lot 151).
After that it’s just 10 lots to my next choice, Knock Saphir I (lot 161). He’s a Cambwell Rob Roy son out of a dam by Anglezarke Krug and is maternal brother to the 24,000gns shearling ewe from last winter. He has an index of 344.
Following on I’ve put a mark beside Tullagh Saracen (lot 184), the first in from Messrs Currie. This is by Kelso Picasso and out of a Gruig Outlaw dam, a combination which should yield interesting results and was behind the Curries’ 4500gns lamb at Ballymena last year.
One from Keith Jamieson catches my eye next, being Annan Supreme, a son of 9500gns Ballynahone Rambo out of a dam by Baltier King, which is full sister to 16,000gns Annan Lionheart.
Then it’s on to one from John and Helen Clark, Garngour Spielberg (lot 209). This is by Teiglum Rembrandt and out of a dam by Teiglum Outlaw, he has an index of 319 and by the looks of it a strong female line behind him.
I’ve got one from John Mellin marked next in the shape of Hull House Scaramouche (lot 235). This one is by homebred tup Hull House Rothchild, a half share of which went to Baltier for 8000gns and which has left a number of show winners this year, and is out of a dam by Claybury Outlaw. He has an index of 230.
Another by the same sire, but this time from the Forsyth’s is next on my list, being Baltier Super Sonic (lot 254). This is a maternal brother to Baltier Rock Solid.
A strong run of breeding is behind the next pick, Fordafourie Solid Gold from Sandy Lee (lot 272). Sired by 8000gns sire Sportsmans Rooney, he’s out of a daughter of 20,000gns Millar’s Outsmart.
Alistair Gault’s pen is bound to attract some interest and I’ve gone for his first lamb as my pick, Forkins Supersire (lot 288). This is by 8000gns Baltier Nailer which has been breeding well for a number of flocks and is out of a Douganhill McFly daughter which is full sister to Forkins Nijinsky. He stook fourth at Balmoral. Another in this pen of note is Forkins Stringfellow (lot 290).
Sticking with Northern Ireland it’s one from Roger Strawbridge that I’ve got next up. This is Tamnamoney Stallone (lot 306). He’s by Duncryne Ringmaster and out of Teiglum Magnum daughter and is maternal brother to 5000gns Tamnamoney Rob Roy.
Then I’ve picked on a way further through the book in the shape of Bruce Renwicks first lamb (lot 354). This is by 8000gns Knock Powerpacker, reserve sire of the year winner, and out of a dam by 28,000gns Castlecairn Nile God.
Another by Powerpacker follows in my list, this being Haddo Sensation from the Knox family. He’s out of a dam by Glenside Loneranger and was third at the Highland this year, his dam having been third at the same show in 2009 and 2010.
The first from Malcolm Reid is next, being Kelso Sinatra (lot 400). He’s by 32,000gns Llangwm Rocky and is intriguingly out of the shearling ewe which passed unsold at 6500gns at last year’s Twilight sale. It will be interesting to see if Malcolm was right to turn down the money that evening in Carlisle. Another of interest in this pen is Kelso Serberus, which is out of an ET sister to Pavarotti, Picasso and President.
One from the MacGregor family is next in the shape of Allanfauld Scots Law (lot 414). He’s by Garngour Rob Roy and from the same strong maternal line as 18,000gns Rockafella. This one has an index of 235.
And a son of Kelso President takes my eye next, being Millars Superman (lot 448). This is out of a Kelso Omen-sired dam and is from one of the Millars’ flocks top female lines. He has an index of 271.
After that I’ve picked out one from Graham Morrison, Deveronvale Scorpio (lot 461). He’s by 40,000gns Glenside Razzle Dazzle and out of a full sister to 220,000gns Perfection, so should be an interesting prospect.
The male champion from the Highland has to be worth a shout for good money and this is Cambwell Socrates, a full brother to 40,000gns Rob Roy, being by Cowal Powerhouse and out of a Cambwell Laird-sired dam. He has a strong index of 300 and was certainly catching plenty to admiring glances at the Highland. His full ET brother is also in the pen and was first prize MLC lamb at the Highland (lot 471).
Teiglum Spitfire is next to take my fancy (lot 540). This is by Clinerty Romeo and out of a Knock Oregano daughter which bred Teiglum Rembrandt the reserve breed champion from this year’s Great Yorkshire. He has an index of 296.
A strong set of figures combined with a good pedigree make Ettrick Smasher one to watch. This is by Knock Reebok and out of the same dam as 10,500gns Ettrick Rainbow Warrior. He has a powerful index of 341.
A show winning female line is behind John Forsyth’s first lamb Glenside Silver Star, with this being by sire of the year Strathbogie Python out of a Claybury Istabraq daughter which was champion at the Highland and the Royal. Surely one to take a closer look at? Glenside Sugarandspice (lot 599) would also be of interest to some being full brother to Razzle Dazzle and Ring a Ding.
Steven Renwick’s first lamb must also be worthy of closer inspection. This is Craig Douglas Special One (lot 617) and is by the aforementioned 10,000gns Ring a Ding and out of the 2008 Highland champion, a Watchknowe Ironman daughter.
Getting towards the back of the catalogue I’ve pulled out Cowal Saltire (lot 632). This is by Knock Reebok and out of a Millars Only One daughter and was first prize MLC lamb at Great Yorkshire. He has a whopping index of 428, so will be sought after by anyone chasing figures.
And that just about wraps up my selection. There are of course other lambs in other pens which would no doubt be worthy of a mention, but I’ve tried to keep this preview at a readable length! Your own selections are of course welcome below, see you in Lanark…….