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Johannes Vermeer to Stand at Cornwall Park in Australia

Galileo son was a group 1 winner in France and second in the 2017 Melbourne Cup (G1).

Johannes Vermeer wins the 2017 International Stakes at the Curragh Racecourse

Johannes Vermeer wins the 2017 International Stakes at the Curragh Racecourse

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The 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1) runner-up Johannes Vermeer is to stand at Cornwall Park in Victoria for the upcoming breeding season.

Winner of the Criterium International (G1) at Saint-Cloud as a juvenile, Johannes Vermeer ran four times in Australia, which also included placings in the BMW Caulfield Cup (G1) and Ladbrokes Caulfield Stakes (G1) as a 4-year-old.

Johannes Vermeer's last start was a fourth in the 2019 Blamey Stakes (G2) at Flemington Racecourse. He retires with a record of 4-4-3 from 16 trips to the post and £1,053,040 (US$1,422,252) in earnings.

The 8-year-old son of the late Galileo will stand for a fee of AU$11,000 in his opening season.

"We are excited to be standing a horse of the group 1 caliber of Johannes Vermeer," said Cornwall Park's Peter Boyle. "He ticks all the boxes being an eye-catching, tough, high-class performer with an impeccable pedigree."

One of the late Galileo's 92 individual elite-level winners, Johannes Vermeer is out of the lightly-raced Holy Roman Emperor mare Inca Princess, who has produced group 2 winner Elizabeth Browning and group 1-placed Wembley. Both are sired by Galileo.

Bred by Desert Star Phoenix Jvc, Johannes Vermeer went through the ring as a yearling at Goffs Orby, being knocked down to BBA Ireland for €300,000 (US$378,960) from The Premier Consignment.