Sir Tristram Inducted Into NZ Racing Hall Of Fame

4 Mar 2008

It was a proud moment for Cambridge Stud on Tuesday night when Sir Tristram was inducted into the New Zealand Bloodstock New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame at an induction ceremony held at Ellerslie racecourse before 450 people on Tuesday night.

Here is the induction profile provided by the New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame to commemorate Sir Tristram being included among the second group of 13 inductees.


Irish born stallion Sir Tristram has left an indelible mark on the Australasian breeding and racing scene.

The champion stallion, born in 1971, sired more than 130 stakes winners during his amazing stud career, 45 of those Group 1 winners.

By Sir Ivor out of the Round Table mare, Isolt, Sir Tristram's arrival in New Zealand in 1975 wasn't greeted with the enthusiasm Sir Patrick Hogan had hoped for.

Although Sir Tristram's pedigree carried impeccable bloodlines his conformation was far from perfect.  Shareholders in the horse were quick to let Hogan know exactly what they thought and had he listened we may never have seen the phenomenal successes that the horse achieved.

Luckily for the ill-tempered stallion he had found an allay in Sir Patrick and the partnership that was to span 22 years, and put Hogan and his Cambridge Stud firmly on the map, had begun.

The success of his early runners saw a number of Sir Tristram's sons, such as Sovereign Red, Dalmacia and Grosvenor take up stud duties in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s.

The victory of Grosvenor's first crop son,Omnicorp, in the 1987 Victoria Derby saw even more demand for sons of Sir Tristram.

However, it was as a broodmare sire that Sir Tristram's potential as a long term breeding influence was  realised most of all.

His daughters have left Golden Slipper winners, Classic and Cup winners, super weight for age performers and even a Group winner at Royal Ascot in Kingfisher Mill.

Commencing his stud career in 1976 at Fencourt Stud, Hogan's forerunner to Cambridge Stud,  Sir Tristram stood for the princely sum of $1500.  That fee in years to come would rise into the six figures.

Named Australia's Champion Broodmare Sire for the  fourth time in the 1997-98 season with 132 winners,  Sir Tristram is the brood mare sire of the winners of more than $50 million.

His influence in almost every major race in New Zealand and Australia saw him named winner of the Dewar Trophy for combined Australia-New Zealand progeny earnings on nine occasions.

Six time winner of the Champion Australian Sire title, he has the notable distinction of having sired three Melbourne Cup winners, a record recently emulated by his super sire son, Zabeel.

Not surprisingly, Sir Tristram provided the top-priced yearling at 12 New Zealand National Yearling Sales, from the early 1980's to the mid-1990's. His sale-toppers include the first seven-figure yearling ever sold in New Zealand; the colt from Surround sold for $NZ1.2 million to Mr Kobayashi of Japan in 1989.

With the assistance of his sons and daughters, Sir Tristram appeared in the pedigrees of one in four of the 67 Group One winners in Australia in the 1996-97 season. This bold statistic from the world's second largest racing arena more than most demonstrates the might and power of Sir Tristram's dynasty.

In 1996 a wide cross-section of the racing and breeding fraternity celebrated Sir Tristram's 25
th birthday at Cambridge Stud.

Less than a year later Sir Tristram was gone.  Breaking his shoulder in a paddock accident, Sir Tristram was unable to be saved. He was euthanised on May 21, 1997.