POPULAR Sydney trainer-driver John Geary lost his battle with serious illness this week, although his legacy to this industry will live on through his children Chris and Belinda.
Always an advocate for fostering future talent in harness racing, John’s proudest moments concerned his own children as they forged their careers in our sport.
John began his career at Fairfield under the guidance of his father, Bert Geary.
As a trainer and driver, he was acquainted with several handy pacers including Precious Dart, Echo Victor and Quivers Gold.
Certainly, Quivers Gold was a notable performer under Geary’s tutelage.
The chestnut colt earned more than $95,000 in stakes and recorded 19 wins with a further 31 places from 140 starts.
He also ran a respectable fifth in the 1993 edition of the Victoria Derby behind superstars Golden Reign and Young Mister Charles.
John nurtured so many youngsters in harness racing and when his daughter Belinda and son Chris wanted to develop their skills, he jumped at the opportunity to be involved with the mini trots in NSW, specifically the Penrith and Nepean District Club.
In December 2013, John was provided with one of his proudest moments as a father when Western Gailes, which he trained, scored impressively at Bankstown on Treuer Memorial night.
This provided Chris with his first win in the senior driving ranks.
Adding to this achievement was Belinda’s efforts strapping the horse on the night.
Aside from his time with the horses, John was also a long-serving employee at the Water Board before moving into the transport industry.
Described by his peers in harness racing as a ‘gentleman’ and ‘fantastic father’, John Geary will be forever missed around the NSW tracks.
While it will be with heavy hearts, those familiar Geary colours of red with yellow sleeves and green spots will continue to race with pride thanks to Chris and Belinda.
Funeral arrangements were still being arranged as this sad news is circulating through the industry.
– Article courtesy of Bankstown Paceway