Day At The Track

Former Queensland gelding Hits the Lights

05:50 PM 22 Apr 2017 NZST
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Hit The Lights
Hit The Lights easily wins the Green Electrical Pace over 2090m at Luxbet Park Hobart last night
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Hits the Lights finally delivered on the potential he showed when he first arrived in Tasmania by powering his way to an impressive harness racing win in the Green Electrical Pace over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night.

The Mark Geeves-trained four-year-old faced the breeze for over a lap but proved too strong for his rivals at the business end of the race to score by 5-1/2 metres from Peteri Mic with Really Frank a half-neck away third.

Geeves purchased the gelded son of Shadow Play from Queensland about 16 months ago and when he arrived at his stables he immediately showed promise but a back ailment prevented him from realising his potential.

"Because he showed so much when he first arrived (in Tasmania) we pushed on to try and win a three-year-old event but I discovered the back problem so I tipped him out and gave him a decent spell," Geeves said.

"He's come back in good order and his runs leading up to this race were good but we had to drive him differently tonight to make sure it wasn't going to be a sit and sprint.

"I'm not sure how many more wins he's got in him but we've got one at least."

Geeves, who considers himself a boutique trainer these days with only one or two horses in work at any one time.

Hit The Lights ($7.50) was well driven by Adrian Duggan who settled the gelding three-back in the one-out line but when the pace slackened 1200m from home he sent the gelding around the field to face the breeze.

He forged to the lead leaving the back straight the last time and went on to score comfortably.

"We wanted to make sure he was up on the speed so that we could play to his strength," Duggan said.

"He's done a good job tonight and on that run he'll definitely win again."

Peter Staples


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