Reigning champion stamp ticket | Melton and Moorabool

The 2021 Inter Dom champion secured his ticket to the 2022 big dance stamped on Friday night, but young threats are emerging in the race for Victoria’s Inter Dominion Trotting Championship.

Maori Law was a dominant force winning Group 3 The George Gath, the second of four Victorian trotting races that carry golden tickets in ID22.

But while the reigning champion’s departure from the series was still assured, Ollivici and Aldebaran Zeus are among those circling his crown and the four-year-old were big winners on the all-trotting Tabcorp Park Melton card.

Ollivici completed his palisade this season with a fifth consecutive victory, scoring in the Tornado Valley Trot final for driver-coach Chris Lang.

The result gave the rhenman his 1000th Australian driving victory and the two-time Trotting Inter Dominion winner once again praised his young gelding.

“He’s only four years old and 15 or 16 starts, he’s never really been fully backed up. We’ve brought him forward a bit for tonight’s race, I still think there’s more in the tank,” Lang told TrotsVision.

“He has yet to prove himself at elite level, but I don’t think there are many I would rather drive ahead of him.”

Lang was speaking after Ollivici picked up a dominant win from eight yards out in Group 2 at $30,000, when he worked up front and then headed home in a 28.4-second final quarter for mark of Sheza Pleasure.

It was a result that only fueled Lang’s confidence.

“Inter Dominion is our number one target as things stand,” he said. “I still dream of going back to Sweden one day, so we have to win this Inter Dominion. It’s a big ask for a four-year-old, but it’s our main goal.

“He’s a very good paced animal, he has high speed – because where he is I would rate him as good as I’ve ever trained him.”

No small praise from the man who guided Sundons Gift to the 2009 and 2010 Inter Dominions and a European campaign, when he challenged The Elitlopp.

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