Tims dou­ble bright­ens up race­day

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

A low-key mid­win­ter race­day at Te Rapa last week­end turned into some­thing spe­cial for one of the district’s long-stand­ing rac­ing fam­i­lies.

Wins by True­man and Alvins Dream com­pleted a dou­ble for the Tims broth­ers, Jack and Gary.

Win­ning races has been a fam­ily tra­di­tion for more than a cen­tury, back to the broth­ers’ grand­fa­ther Jack Tims, who had suc­cess in both equine rac­ing codes.

And keep­ing with the same tra­di­tion, Tims se­nior was very much a hands-on horse­man.

One of his most no­table wins was with the stan­dard­bred Hughie Wal­lace, who he trained and drove to vic­tory in the 1926 Waikato Trot­ting Cup.

Jack se­nior’s son Bill – the father of Jack, Gary and Brian – com­bined farm­ing in the Pe­ria Hills with a hand­ful of race­horses, most of them jumpers.

All three of his sons rode as am­a­teur rid­ers as well as against the pro­fes­sion­als, and it was Jack who did the hon­ours for his father on Conkeda in the 1957 Welling­ton Steeple­chase.

Gary in­cluded the am­a­teur cham­pi­onship, the Duke of Glouces­ter Cup, in his tally rid­ing Triple Count on the same Paeroa race­day that he also beat the pro­fes­sion­als on Santa Keda in the Mara­marua Hunt Cup.

The star of the Tims trio, how­ever, was the youngest, Brian.

His string of wins in­cluded the 1975 Grand Na­tional Steeple­chase on Fum­bler and the 1976 Great North­ern Steeple on Loch Linnhe.

Of the three broth­ers, Jack has shone as a trainer, prepar­ing Ivan Bar to win 10 races in the late 1970s-early ‘80s, and the very best, Se­na­tor, to win the Auck­land Cup and Waikato Cup in the 1995-96 sea­son as well as fin­ish­ing fourth in the 1996 Mel­bourne Cup.

Jack’s lat­est re­cruit is True­man, but se­ri­ous arthri­tis has forced him to hand train­ing du­ties over to Ken and Bev Kelso.

The big bay fin­ished sec­ond in his first start for the Kel­sos and was very brave in his Te Rapa win, dig­ging chal­lenged over me­tres.

‘‘He’s my sort of horse with plenty of size about him,’’ says Jack. ‘‘My mate Grant Hill reck­ons I like to buy them by the pound, but he’s al­ways been in pro­por­tion and the way he’s shap­ing up he could be al­right.’’

Gary Tims, who has lived most deep when the fi­nal 250 of his adult life farm­ing at Eureka, these days turns to his grand­son Mark Forbes for train­ing pur­poses.

Alvins Pride, who Gary races with his wife Caro­line, good mate Ross McFar­lane and Mark’s for­mer jockey brother Alex, like­wise shapes as one to keep the Tims name to the fore in own­er­ship ranks.

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True­man com­pletes a Te Rapa dou­ble for the Tims broth­ers as he fights off his chal­lengers.

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