Day At The Track

Geeves' gelding back in the spotlight

06:31 PM 11 May 2017 NZST
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Hit The Lights
Hit The Lights winning in Hobart
Peter Staples Photo

Hit The Lights had 28 starts before he emerged triumphant but as often is the case with horses that take forever to win a race just two starts later the Mark Geeves-trained gelding was back in the harness racing winner's circle.

The gelded son of Shadow Play registered his second win in a C1 over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last Sunday night.

With Adrian Duggan in the cart, Hit The Lights settled near the rear of the field but when the pace slackened the driver made the race-winning move to allow his charge to roll around the field and face the breeze from where he could help dictate the pace of the race.

Hit The Lights stormed to the lead in the home straight and went on to score comfortably from Last Guy Standing and Pop The Cork.

Hit The Lights is owned by Geeves and his long-time friend and fellow hobby trainer Eric Blomquist.

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.

Now that Hit The Lights has found form Geeves expects the gelding to remain competitive as he makes his way through the lower classes.

Peter Staples


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