Day At The Track

Geary eyeing off his first century

06:52 PM 17 May 2016 NZST
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Chris Geary
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Talented Harness Racing reinsman Chris Geary has driven 93 winners this season and is set to become a member of the ‘100 club’ for the first time in his career.  Geary is currently enjoying his second full season of race driving and is third on the NSW State Drivers’ Premiership behind Todd McCarthy and Robbie Morris.

Geary’s winning strike rate has improved dramatically this season and he believes there is a simple reason for the improvement.

“I’m driving against a very strong calibre of driver in Sydney and that is a quick way to improve,” Geary said.

“Once you start driving against those top drivers week in and week out it moulds you and you get a better perspective on racing.  It has also calmed me down a lot, I use to fall victim of putting too much pressure on myself because there was a bit of expectation there but now I’m just more relaxed and really enjoying the racing.”

Geary is one of a number of young freelance drivers that have appeared in New South Wales in recent seasons and is steering more than his fair share of winners.

“The more you do travel and the more you put yourself out there the more opportunities come your way.  There are plenty of long days and long nights travelling but that is the hardest part, the racing itself is probably the easiest thing.

“Nine times out of ten a few of the freelance drivers will travel to a track together which does make things a whole lot easier and a lot less expensive for all of us.  I do think New South Wales is becoming much more accepting of freelance drivers whereas in the past a lot more trainers have been inclined to drive their own horses.”

While Geary does a lot of driving for the Belinda McCarthy stable he has also struck a good partnership with Menangle trainer Darren McCall.

“Darren’s team is absolutely flying at the moment and I can’t thank Darren and Karina enough for the opportunities they have given me.  Darren does a really good job with his horses and any advice he does give you then you must take it onboard.

“His horses tend to be spot on and I just try to do my best and drive them accordingly.  We’ve been having a nice run at the moment, he’s got some nice new horses in the barn, they’re all firing and it makes my job a whole lot easier.”

Greg Hayes HRNSW

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