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    CHRIS GEARY driving Princess Phoenix

    HE’S quickly established himself as one of the leading drivers in this state. So it’s hardly surprising that young reinsman Chris Geary has found... Young gun reinsman in demand
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    HE’S quickly established himself as one of the leading drivers in this state.

    So it’s hardly surprising that young reinsman Chris Geary has found himself with offers of drives in three states in the past week or so.

    He made the right choice by driving at Albion Park on Saturday night, picking up a full book of 10 drives on their big program.

    Geary made it worth the trip too by scoring a narrow, but impressive win with six-year-old gelding Living Again for Sydney trainer Craig Cross, scrambling home by a short half head from Vettel in Race Eight.

    He’s back at ‘home’ today and although he has just three drives at Menangle does have an outside chance of a hat-trick as all three have solid form going into their respective challenges.

    The best of those appears to be trainer Tim Butt’s talented mare Princess Phoenix, listed as an even-money favourite in Race Three.

    “She’s actually been going really well when she’s doing things right,” said Geary.

    “I think it will just be a case of her doing everything right again and that should put her a long way into that race.

    “She went quite well when second to Blazing Under Fire on Saturday night – although she does have a few tricks, that’s for sure.”

    Geary has had very few drives for Brooke Wilkins but will partner Sultan Fella for her in Race Seven.

    “He’s only had a couple of runs for them and last week he had a pretty good trip but just couldn’t finish it off,” said Geary.

    “It seems like he’s getting better and better with each run and they’re all pretty even in that grade so it usually just depends on who gets the better run.

    “And I spoke to [trainer] John McCarthy in Brisbane last weekend and he asked me if I would be back in Sydney and if so could I drive Guys Bettor Bet.

    “John suggested that last week was probably the horse’s best run for some time so he gives him half a small hope.

    “With horses like Don Boston in there they’ll be running along but John seems happy with him and hopefully Todd [McCarthy] has been putting in a bit of work with him and he’ll go well.”

    Geary explained why he had so few drives by his own standards:

    “I think a fair few people weren’t sure if I’d be back in Sydney or not,” he said.

    “I spoke to Tim Butt and he had a few nice ones going around at the trials so I was happy to come back and push those ones around for him,” he said.

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