World's Leading Sire of Group One Winners
Sir Tristram was not highly rated on race performance at the time and his arrival at Cambridge Stud, at a fee of $1300, was not heralded with any great excitement or expectations.
However, once his stock reached the tracks and made an instant impression at the top level Sir Tristram's reputation soon blossomed. His list of major race winners started with a trickle and before too long became a torrent. Sir Tristram became the champion sire of Australia and New Zealand on a record nine occasions and went on to become the world's leading sire of Group One winners.
In total, he sired 45 individual Group One winners and more than 130 stakes winners during his amazing stud career. Sir Tristram broke his shoulder in 1997. But after that big low, Zabeel (a son of Sir Tristram) came along to take over the star box at Cambridge Stud.