Top young driver has his sights set on another prize

14 September 2018

MENANGLE PREVIEW | AMANDA RANDO

 

HE has won races like the Len Smith Mile and the Gold Tiara and this Saturday night at Menangle top young driver Chris Geary has his sights set on another two features.

Fresh from taking out his second concession drivers’ premiership, the Group 1 winning reinsman has landed some key new drives.

This includes High Rolling in the Group 3 Adore Me Stakes (1609m).

“I’ve never driven this mare but I’ve seen plenty of her,” said Geary.

“She won really well at Melton last start in 1:52 which is a quick time around Melton.”

High Rolling, ranked $11 with TAB Fixed Odds, has drawn barrier nine but will start from gate eight with the scratching of Taylors Reason.

“She is fairly quick off the gate and hopefully we can find the front,” said Geary.

“I think she will be hard to beat from there.”

Rating the likes of recent Menangle winners Ima Mystery Girl, Village Witch as well as Major Reality as some of the main dangers for High Rolling, Geary is hoping to continue his success for the Roy Roots Junior stable.

Geary won the Carousel Final with The Black Prince for Roots as well as qualify promising filly Miss Streisand for the Breeders Crown last season.

The 20-year-old reinsman also tasted Group success for trainer Bernie Hewitt last season in the Group 2 Breeders Challenge Blue Final on Lifes A Jungle and on Saturday night Geary will drive for Hewitt’s daughter, Gemma Rue.

Geary has been assigned the drive on Mymatepog in the Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series Final (1609m).

The gelding was driven by Rue’s husband Mat in the Evolution Series qualifier at Bathurst and finished second to Our Uncle Jim in a 1:55.6 mile rate which was his racing debut.

Meanwhile, Geary will also have his first drive on Barefoot Sally in race eight this Saturday.

The Darren McCall-trained trotter finished third-placed last start in a 1:57.9 mile rate.

“Darren likes this mare a lot,” said Geary.

“He has ironed out a few little problems with her and the mobile mile should suit her.

“There are a couple in the race that are going well at the moment but if she can get a trail on Maorisfavouritesun she should go close hopefully.”

Geary, who also drives trackwork for trainer Tim Butt, is also looking forward to having his first race drive behind the stable’s recent acquisition Bettermatch at Menangle on Tuesday.

“He’s been working a lot better and Tuesday’s run will be a guide of just where he is at,” said Geary.

Bettermatch is nominated for the New Zealand Cup.

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