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The Royal Highland Show: Day 1 evening results
Sun shone throughout the evening part of the first day of this year’s Highland Show.

Glorious weather graced the showgrounds on the first day of the 2018 Royal Highland Show. As earlier reported, seven beef cattle breeds took to the ring this morning with this evening's programme, featuring a further five beef breeds as well as the commercial classes.

Below are some of the main breeds which hit the headlines.

Angus

While Angus numbers were back on the record numbers in attendance at the 2017 show, which coincided with the World Angus Forum, entries were still very healthy with nearly 15 in the biggest class. Leading the way in the ring was Miss Stephanie Dick with Crew Lady Jasmine S247. This heifer hit the market in Stirling February 2017 and has being a prominent part of the successful Stephick show team since. Bred by Samantha Allen and Allen Short, this heifer also experienced a recognised show career before being sold, securing overall champion at the Northern Ireland calf show. Sired by Netherton Fabulous Cruz, Jasmine is out of Mogeely Joe daughter Creagga Judy.

Limousin

The Limousin breed again witnessed a big entry of high-quality throughout the classes. Judge Robert Adam of Forfar after a strenuous three and a half hours judging eventually tapped out Grahams Naomi as the overall champion. This January 2017-born heifers breeding needs no introduction to Limousin breeders being out of Claragh Franco and Grahams Coffee. This cross has previously produced bulls selling to a high of 40,000gns and females to 38,000gns. This heifer was bred and exhibited by R&J Graham, with the duo also securing another first place on the day.

Belgian Blue

Top shot in the Belgian Blue ring was the day’s senior bull champion Sandyvale Jagerbomb. Originally bred by Evan Allen, Jagerbomb was exhibited by new owners R&M Patterson. Sired by Auchenlay Coll and out of Tamhorn Flowergirl, this rising four-year-old secured male champion at the show in 2017. This win marks the outfits first time ever wining the overall at the RHS.

Commercial

Having experienced a near-clean sweep at last month’s Balmoral Show, Dermot and Gareth Small were again out on top in the commercial ring of the Highland. The Balmoral commercial champion Flo-Jo was again the leading lady claiming the female and overall commercial championship. This all-black 11-month-old heifer is sired by the 17,000gns Trueman Idol while the dam is show cow Chanelle, a Charolais-Blue cross cow. The Small outfit didn’t stop there also claiming the reserve female champion with a Charolais cross heifer.

Tomorrow the dairy cattle take pride of place, stay tuned for further updates.

Royal Highland Show: Day 1 morning results
Shane Murphy looks at some of the mornings champions from the beef rings at this year's Royal Highland Show

The first day of this year’s Royal Highland Show is now in full motion. Crowds from the UK, Ireland and further afield have packed around the cattle rings all morning for the first of the breed championships. A total of seven overall beef cattle championships have being awarded so far with a further six set to be awarded this evening.

Featured below are some of the very worthy champions from this morning’s proceedings.

Simmental

The Simmental classes were judged by John Dykes and he found his champion in the form of Michael Barlow’s, Blackford Galaxy. The Highland Show is a well-known showground for the Barlow family, having claimed the overall championship at the show in 2015 and 2016 and Michael having took the helm as judge for the breed at last year’s show.

Galaxy himself, ticked all the boxes that day for Michael, so much so he awarded him champion male, reserve overall champion and purchased him following the show. Sire behind the stylish three-year-old was Curlieu Knight while the dam is Blackford Aero.

Reserve Simmental champion was awarded to Heather Duff with Pitmudie Havana. This two-year-old heifer had earlier claimed female championship before eventually being tapped out second best to the bull. Sired by Corskie Elder, this marks the highest win to date for Miss Duff.

Shorthorn

The Shorthorn class witnessed one of the biggest entry of all breeds and was judged under the watchful eyes of Libby Clarke. Having tapped Mr Andrew Anderson's bull forward as senior bull and male champion, Libby kept his run going by tapping him out as overall champion. Smallburn Jethro, a rising three year is sired by the privately purchased stock bull Lowther Emblem and out of homebred Smallburn Fifi. This year marks the first time Mr Anderson has shown at the Highland Show and what a way to start.

Reserve honours went to the Republic of Ireland-bred Creaga Lexi from Cherryvalley Estate. Originally bred by the Dowd family, Lexi is a genetic full sister to well-known show cow Creaga Heidi, who just last month secured the Shorthorn championship at Balmoral. This first calver was shown alongside her calf and also secured the female championship.

Charolais

Overall Charolais championship went to the French-imported bull Harestone Jaquard from R&N Barclay. This four-year-old bull is no stranger to winning ways, having secured a number of top accolades in France before being imported. Sired by Houblon, this powerhouse of a bull is out of dam Ecossaise.

Reserve championship went to well-known breeders, the Irvine family of Inverlochy. Their five-year-old Inverlochy Ingris had all the female attributes judge Peter Donger was looking for securing female and reserve overall championship. Sire is Maerdy Eryr while the dam is homebred Inverlochy Babe.

Salers

Ray and Adam Crockett had a run of great form in the Salers ring when judge Sophie Donger awarded them both the overall championship and reserve. Securing the overall championship was their cow Bacardi Jessie Jay, a four-year-old daughter of Gulliver. This is their first overall win since 2013 when sire of this year’s champion, Gulliver, was awarded the championship sash. Reserve honours went to the 18-month-old bull Bacardi Ludacris. Picking junior, male and reserve overall championship, this stylish bull is sired by Seawell Diplomat.

Blonde

Overall championship in the blonde ring went to Mr Thor Atkinson for his Felltop Joyce. This four-year-old homebred cow is sired by Ark Diego and was shown alongside her seven-month-old heifer calf. Joyce’s calf the previous year was also in winning ways securing the junior champions. This win marks Mr Atkinson's first major win at the show to date.

Blonde champion from last month’s Balmoral Show continued her winning ways, securing the reserve overall championship. Classic Miss Belle was this one’s name and she was exhibited by Mr William McElroy.

More results to follow this evening.