By: Mark Nowell @MarkANowell
Trueman made it a memorable day for the Tims family, taking out the $20,000 Crossroads Waikato No.1/TAB (Rating 65) over 1400 metres at Te Rapa.
The four-year-old gelding was originally trained by his owner, Jack Tims but was transferred to Ken and Bev Kelso after a bout of ill health.
Jack's younger brother Gary, co-owned Alvins Dream, which won on debut earlier on the day.
Visiting central districts rider Johnathan Parkes made the most of an unexpected opportunity replacing Cameron Lammas, who himself was unable to take the ride through illness on the lightly raced four-year-old.
Parkes settled the son of Keeper handy to the pace on the outer and although he looked headed halfway down the straight, Parkes lifted the gelding over the final stages to record a head victory over Sea Home (V.Colgan) with a nose to Quantum (J.Riddell) running another placing in third.
Trueman's winning time was 1:28.00 (last 600m in 37.83) on a Slow9 track.
"It was a good tough effort by the horse. Halfway down the straight I thought he was just battling but he fought back really well, under a strong ride by Johnathan," co-trainer Ken Kelso said.
"I'm just so pleased for Jack Tims. His health wasn't the best. He asked us to take him and it was sad to take him as Jack loves the horse. It's great that he delivered today."
"He's a nice progressive horse who I hope to take through the grades," he said.
"He's bred to get 2500 metres and I think he can cope with the better tracks, so he's an exciting prospect."
Trueman is out of the Nashwan mare Play Me. Play Me won one race in England and after finishing fourth in a Group Two over 2400 metres, Lady Tavistock sent the mare to New Zealand, where she had one run for a second, before joining her broodmare line at Bloomsbury Stud.
Henrietta Duchess of Bedford owns an un-raced half brother to Trueman, by Tavistock named Playwrite.
Jack Tims purchased Trueman at the 2014 Karaka Select Sale for $27,500 from Brighthill Farm's draft.
Trueman has won two and a second from six starts and has won $18,875 in prizemoney.