We’re so proud to have two of our longstanding roster French-bred champion sires again represented so strongly in Australasia’s time-honored Inter Dominion Trotting Championship Grand Final, which dates back to 1948, at Albion Park on Saturday, December 16.
ORLANDO VICI has a remarkable three progeny engaged - reigning champion and favorite JUST BELIEVE after completing a clean sweep of his three heats (just he did last year), two-time heat winner OLLIVICI NZ and ADELLE NZ, one of four mares in the final.
QUEEN ELIDA NZ is flying the LOVE YOU flag for the second year in a row winning a heat.
It’s a massively exciting time for the breeders and owners. We spoke to them about the upcoming final.
"Every Orlando Vici we have had has trotted beautiful, great rhythm and have always loved to work.
Adelle can get a bit tense but that comes from her mother!! She has always been a great-looking horse with the usual Orlando Vici presence.
We had a super young trotter in Olegro by Orlando Vici, he was an awesome moving horse, and everything was so easy unfortunately we lost him to an infection. He was a very good horse.
We would certainly recommend Orlando Vici as a stallion because they have a lovely attitude, great gait, and love to work." - Adelle NZ owner and breeder David McGowan.
"We're excited to be through to our third consecutive Inter Dominion with Just Believe. Harry appears to have gone to a new level since his return from Sweden.
He's like a good bottle of red, he just gets better with age. His sire Orlando Vici will have three runners in this year's ID23.
He's a stallion whose progeny are on the rise" - Just Believe Part Owner, Malcolm Wells.
Photos: Stuart McCormick, Harness Racing Victoria.
"Orlando Vici is proven as a top-level race performer in the world. Ollivici is a great type. Typically for French-bred trotters, he is getting better as they mature and is easy to train as well." - Trainer of Ollivici, Chris Lang.