Octagonal Filly Tops Final Session Of Australian Autumn Sale

An Octagonal -- Ju Jitsu filly sold for $55,000 ($32,951 in U.S. funds) Tuesday to top the second and final session of the William Inglis & Son autumn yearling sale in Melbourne, Australia. Jim Mason purchased her from Woodlands Stud, agent.

The totals for the auction were 254 horses sold for a gross of $2,427,000 ($1,454,016) and an average of $9,555 ($5,274). More than 100 less yearlings were offered over the course of the two-day sale compared to last year because of horses being sold in the new premier II session that was offered following the premier sale in February.

"Today's session further reiterated that there is continuing demand for quality yearlings, and those vendors who presented well-conformed horses were rewarded," said Peter Heagney, an associate director and the Melbourne manager for William Inglis & Son.

Vin Cox Bloodstock was the most active buyer at the auction, spending $159,500 ($95,557) for 35 yearlings. The Alice Springs Turf Club bought 21 yearlings that will be re-offered at the Red Centre yearling sale on May 2.