French stallion Orlando Vici took his place as an adopted Aussie at The Elitloppet in Sweden.
As sire of Australian representative Just Believe, Orlando Vici further enhanced his standing not only as an internationally acclaimed stallion, but also his influence on Australian harness racing.
The son of Quadrophenio has had just 25 starters in Australia from 36 foals of racing age for 21 winners - a remarkable strike rate.
Just Believe tops his list as an Inter-Dominion champion and Great South Star winner in 18 career wins for $668,463.
Cravache Dor (12 wins) dominated as a 3yo last season and Visionary has stamped herself as a mare on the rise as a group 1 winner.
Orlando Vici has a strike rate of better than 50 per cent this season with 11 individual winners from 18 starters.
Rapid Return became his latest winner with success on debut at Charlton as part of a trifecta for Orlando Vici, while in addition NZ-bred mare Adelle continues to impress in Queensland.
While The Elitloppet did not pan out as hoped for Just Believe, we can look forward to him making at least one more appearance in Europe before he heads back to Australia.
Australian and NZ winners/placegetters produced by HDT roster stallions in past week:
1st STOCKMAN PETE (Used To Me Fra) 4yo rig Victoria
1st DOWNTOWN ORLANDO NZ (Orlando Vici Fra) 4yo gelding NZ
1st RAPID RETURN (Orlando Vici Fra) 3yo filly Victoria
1st ADELLE NZ (Orlando Vici Fra) 7yo mare Queensland
1st LOVE N THE PORT NZ (Love You Fra) 5yo gelding NZ - group 1
1st MADRIK NZ (The Best Madrik Fra) 6yo gelding NZ
1st KINK NZ (Love You Fra) 4yo gelding NZ
2nd OH NOVA LOVE NZ (Love You Fra) 4yo gelding NSW
2nd VICI BLOOM (Orlando Vici Fra) 3yo filly Victoria
2nd SISTA EVARISTA (En Solitaire Fra) 3yo filly Victoria
2nd HOT SAUCY BETTY NZ (Love You Fra) 5yo mare NZ
2nd DREAM OF YOU NZ (Love You Fra) 4yo gelding NZ
3rd ROYAL DAN (Orlando Vici Fra) 3yo gelding Victoria
3rd KYVALLEY PICASSO NZ (Love You Fra) 4yo gelding Victoria
3rd KINK NZ (Love You Fra) 4yo gelding NZ
3rd ATOUT (Quaker Jet Fra) 4yo mare SA
3rd OH NOVA LOVE NZ (Love You Fra) 4yo gelding NSW
3rd EUROKASH NZ (Love You Fra) 5yo gelding NZ - group 1
3rd JASINOVA NZ (Love You Fra) 5yo mare NZ