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Sir Tristram

Sir Ivor - Isolt


Born April 7, 1971 at Ballygoran Stud, County Kildare, Ireland.  Died May 21, 1997 at Cambridge Stud, Waikato

Record-breaking stallion Sir Tristram simply dominated the New Zealand and Australian thoroughbred breeding industry from the moment he hit the racetracks in 1980. He was the world's most prolific Group 1 sire progenitor with 45 successes in the top grade until he was deposed by Sadler's Wells in 2002. Sir Tristram was bred by Raymond Guest, who has been appointed the US ambassador to Ireland and had earlier owned the English Derby winners, Larkspur and Sir Ivor. On the racetrack Sir Tristram won an 1800m juvenile (2yo) race in France and his connections thought him sufficiently promising to contest the Kentucky Derby.  He finished 11th in the Derby and took another 1600m victory on his return to France.  In retrospect observers felt that Sir Tristram's difficult temperament didn't always enable him to show his full potential on the racetrack. In fact he was not always easy to handle either as a breeding proposition, requiring two handlers and much caution when being led out.

Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud played a vital role in grooming Sir Tristram as a super stallion.  He came from hard working New Zealand farming stock. His family established the Fencourt Stud property near Cambridge in the Waikato and Sir Patrick later restructured the operation under the Cambridge Stud banner in association with his wife, Lady Justine Hogan.  In the late 1970s Sir Patrick Hogan went to Europe to seek a new stallion for his stud farm. He went to the French base where Sir Tristram resided but was not shown the horse. He was not for sale at that stage. Plans changed and later he was quoted by Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey of the BBA agency to Sir Patrick and the offer was accepted.  However, Sir Tristram was lucky to even make it to New Zealand in September, 1976.  Earlier that year, while in quarantine in England awaiting a flight to New Zealand, the horse was in the British Bloodstock Agency stables when they were engulfed by fire in the middle of the night. Sir Tristram was one of only two horses to escape alive fleeing the inferno with only seconds to spare. But it was not only the burns to his body which delayed Sir Tristram's arrival in New Zealand.  In his dash from the stables, Sir Tristram galloped down a lane and smashed through a gate ending up scrapping with mares and foals in a paddock. Despite being considered by many as having less than desirable looks, with suspicious hocks that he transmitted regularly, pedigree-wise Sir Tristram was a gem.

His sire, Sir Ivor, was by Sir Gaylord (ex Somethingroyal) and his dam, Isolt, was by Round Table from All My Eye, whose grandmother was the mighty Selene (Hyperion's dam). Sir Tristram's bloodlines ooze with key names, who were to nick admirably with established bloodlines in Australasia.  From the outset Sir Tristram made a mercurial impact at stud. With seven crops racing he notched a recordbreaking 27 Group 1 winners. His runners dominated the classics and staying handicaps on both sides of the Tasman.

His progeny were in great demand at the yearling sales and provided the top-priced yearling in New Zealand from the early 1980s through to the mid-1990s. His colt from Surround, sold to Japan in 1989, was New Zealand's first seven-figure yearling fetching $1.2 million. A multiple champion sire in Australia and New Zealand, Sir Tristram had sired 130 stakes winners by the end of 2006. Equally important as a sire of broodmares his daughters had produced winners of over $125 million including 150 stakes winners, 34 of them at Group 1 level. His sire sons have included champion sires Zabeel, Grosvenor, Kaapstad and Marauding as well as 10 others who have sired Group 1 winners.

Sir Tristram was humanely destroyed at Cambridge Stud in 1997 after he broke his shoulder and he was buried standing up. A priest conducted a 40 minute service to honour the horse who they called "Paddy". In 2008 Sir Tristram was inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame.

 

SIR TRISTRAM
CHAMPION SIRE OF AUSTRALIA
1980/81
1981/82
1983/84
1987/88
1988/89
1991/92
 
CHAMPION SIRE OF NEW ZEALAND
1986/87
 
DEWAR TROPHY
Aus/NZ combined earnings
1980/81
1981/82
1983/84
1984/85
1985/86
1986/87
1988/89
1989/90
1993/94
Sire of 45 individual Group 1winners (world’s second highest ever) and 130 stakes winners
 
SIR TRISRAM’S GROUP ONE WINNERS
Admiral Lincoln
Brew
Cure
Dalmacia
Dr Grace
Dupain
Empire Rose
Fair Sir
Glastonbury
Grosvenor
Gurner’s Lane
Irish Chance
Isolda
Kaapstad
Limitless
Lurestina
Mahaya
Mapperley Heights
Marauding
Military Plume
My Tristram’s Belle
National Gallery
Noble Heights
Noble Peer
Only A Lady
Our Tristalight
Popsy
Pride Of Rosewood
Queen’s Road
Riverina Charm
Royal Heights
Sir Vigilant
Sovereign Red
Starline
Tasman
Trichelle
Trissaring
Trissaro
Tristalove
Tristanagh
Tristarc
Tristina
Tristram Rose
Tristram’s Edition
Zabeel
 

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