Young reinsman Chris Geary drove the first winner in his short career when Western Gailes won at Bankstown on Saturday night. Trained by Geary's father John, Western Gailes settled in the one-one before racing past the leader Junior Johnson in the straight to record a comfortable victory.
"I have only had my licence just over a week and it was nice to get a winner early on and to drive it for my dad was pretty special too," Geary said.
"Western Gailes got a good trip, he's not known for his speed, he can be a bit lazy and normally takes some time to wind up but he showed a nice turn of speed when I pulled him into the clear and it was quite a thrill."
Geary works for Belinda andat Cobbitty and enjoys being around horses constantly.
"Luke and Belinda are great, there is a great bunch of people out there at the stables and it makes going to work every day very easy."
"I used to help out at the stables whenever I got the chance, weekends and school holidays and times like that but an opportunity came to go full time as I was coming towards the end of Year 10 and I jumped at the chance."
As a former competitor in mini and maxi trotting in New South Wales, Geary has had a very good grounding in the sport.
"I drove a very good pony called Energizer, he was state champion five times and I also got the chance to compete in the maxi trots as well when it first started."
"I've watched a number of top drivers closely, guys like, Mat Rue, and , they are all very successful and my aim is to be a top driver too, maybe one day I might branch out into training but at the moment I'm very happy to concentrate on driving."
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |