Vermeer (Gelding, 3 years old, by Zoustar) claimed his maiden victory in a 2210m race at Ipswich Racecourse. From the start, Vermeer took the lead and set his own pace throughout the race. As he entered the final corner, he began to strech, and in the home straight, he pulled away from the trailing horses to finish first.

This marked Vermeer’s first win in his eighth race. Originally, he was bought for $900,000 as a yearling and debuted at Waller’s stable in Sydney, where he finished eighth in his first race. Subsequently, he was put up for an online auction, where he was purchased by his current owner’s group.

His sire, Zoustar, is a popular stallion in Australia, known for producing many short-distance runners. Daiki commented, “We found confidence in his performance when he first tried the 2030m at Doomben Racecourse and finished third. Extending the distance further this time, he ran strongly. This is the first win in our owner’s racing silks, and I look forward to sharing many more joyous moments together.” Vermeer’s future in long-distance races looks promising.