IT’S rare to see a race in Tasmania without at least one ‘Geegees’ horse in the field.
Sporting the lime, purple G, sleeves and cap, the horses are owned by Paul and Elizabeth Geard, successful dairy farmers, who only recently developed a love for racing.
The husband and wife team own 8,000 acres in Broadmarsh, about 40 kilometres north-west of Hobart, have more than 130 race horses and stand two stallions (Wordsmith and Clangalang).
“We started off here in 1975. We bought the property,” Paul Geard told G1X.com.au. “I haven’t been in racing all that long.”
The Geards have enjoyed great success in their short time in the industry – their banner horse Geegees Blackflash (Clangalang x La Quita) won two Hobart Cups, a Launceston Cup, a Tasmanian Derby and amassed earnings of nearly $1.2 million.
Interestingly, Geegees Blackflash’s half-sister, recent Devonport Cup winner Geegees Goldengirl (Wordsmith x La Quita), is one of the favourites for the 2016 Hobart Cup, to be held at Elwick Racecourse on February 8.