Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer

Horse name: Johannes Vermeer

Age: 4

Sex: Colt

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Owner: Wide ownership

Country: NZ

Attempt?: Yes – he’s in quarantine

Handicap: 54.5kgs

Formline: Prince Of Wales’s Stakes

Distance Query?: Yes – hasn’t raced beyond 2400m.

Likes wet?: No

Path?: The Bart Cummings/Lexus

Notes: Johannes Vermeer is not just a famous old dead painter!

He’s a nice horse trained by the old master Aidan O’Brien, bringing a some decent form from Group 3 races in Ireland, and before that the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes where he wasn’t far off the likes of Highland Reel and Ulysses

The only thing is it seems he’s more of a Caulfield Cup runner that might go into the Melbourne Cup, rather than using the Caulfield Cup to go on to the Melbourne Cup.

He has a guaranteed start in the big one but he hasn’t raced beyond 2400m, so he’s a bit of an unknown quantity. I wouldn’t back him in the Melbourne Cup.