Sir Tristram

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For the Knight of the Round Table, see Tristan. For the ship of the same name see RFA Sir Tristram (L3505)

Sir Tristram
Sire Sir Ivor (USA)
Grandsire Sir Gaylord
Dam Isolt
Damsire Round Table (USA)
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1971
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder not found
Owner 1) Raymond R. Guest
2) Sir Patrick Hogan (at stud)
Trainer 1) Clive Brittain
2) Charles G. Milbank (USA)
Record 19: 2-6-3
Earnings 238,465
Major wins
Prix de Saint-Pierre Azif
Prix de Tire Gerbe
Awards
1984-87, 1988-90 Leading sire in Australia
Leading Broodmare Sire in Australia
1986/7 Leading Sire of New Zealand
Honours
New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame (2008)
Last updated on 22 October 2011

Sir Tristram (IRE) (7 April 1971 – 21 May 1997)[1] was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who stood at stud in New Zealand, where he sired an extraordinary 45 Group One winners, including three Melbourne Cup winners. His progeny earned him 17 official Leading Australasian sire premierships, plus nine broodmare sire titles.

Sir Tristram was by the outstanding racehorse and sire Sir Ivor (by Sir Gaylord) out of Isolt (by Round Table), and had 19 starts for two wins in France.[2]

Trained by Clive Brittain and raced in Ireland, England and France, owner Raymond Guest sent Sir Tristram to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the 1974 Kentucky Derby. Under jockey Bill Hartack, the colt finished eleventh. [1]

Stud record[edit]

Following his racing career, he was purchased by Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, and entered stud in 1976 at the modest stud fee of $1,200. By the time of his death in August 1997, his fee had risen to $200,000. 'Paddy', as he was affectionately known, had a reputation as a difficult horse to handle, although this is not a trait which seems to have been inherited by his progeny. In fact, he was so difficult that his handler was forced to wear protective gear, which remains on display at Cambridge Stud. Sir Tristram is the sire of over 140 stakes winners, including the Melbourne Cup winners Gurner's Lane (1982), Empire Rose (1988), and Brew (2000). He is also the broodmare sire of over 200 stakes winners, including the Melbourne Cup winners Saintly and Ethereal, and has earned himself a reputation as a sire of sires. His sire sons include Zabeel (who continues to stand at Cambridge Stud at a fee of NZD$100,000),[3] Marauding, Dr Grace and Grosvenor.

Whilst he was known as a sire of stayers, Sir Tristram's progeny and further descendants have excelled over a wide range of distances. As well as siring winners of the Melbourne Cup (the world's richest handicap - over 3,200 metres), Sir Tristram sired Marauding, who won a Golden Slipper (the world's richest two-year-old race - over 1,200 metres), and several other outstanding two-year-olds. During 1984 to 1987 and 1988 to 1990 he was the Leading sire in Australia, Leading Broodmare Sire in Australia and in 1986/7 the Leading Sire of New Zealand.[4]

Sir Tristram was humanely euthanized in 1997 after he broke his shoulder and he was buried standing up - 'A priest conducted a 40-minute service for the horse they called "Paddy"'.[5]

In 2008, Sir Tristram was inducted in the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame.[6]

Progeny[edit]

Sir Tristram's major race winners include:

Horse Race Distance
(m)
Prizemoney
(AUD)
Dr Grace 1990 Chipping Norton Stakes
1990 Australian Derby
1991 The BMW Stakes
1991 Underwood Stakes
1600
2400
2400
1800
$2,762,681
Brew 2000 Melbourne Cup 3200 $2,383,467
Empire Rose 1988 Mackinnon Stakes
1988 Melbourne Cup
2000
3200
$1,935,719
Zabeel 1990 Australian Guineas 1600 $1,138,400
Tristarc 1985 Underwood Stakes
1985 Caulfield Stakes
1985 Caulfield Cup
1985 Australian Derby
1986 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
1800
2000
2400
2400
2000
$808,360
Marauding 1987 Golden Slipper 1200 $726,300
Sovereign Red 1980 Caulfield Guineas
1980 Victoria Derby
1980 Western Mail Classic
1981 Doomben 10,000
1981 Underwood Stakes
1600
2500
1800
1350
1800
$566,350
Kaapstad 1987 Sires Produce Stakes 1400 $541,850
Gurner's Lane 1982 Caulfield Cup
1982 Melbourne Cup
2400
3200
$541,600
Trissaro 1983 BMW Stakes
1983 Underwood Stakes
1984 Sydney Cup
2400
1800
3200
$492,950
Grosvenor 1982 Caulfield Guineas
1982 Sires Produce Stakes
1982 Victoria Derby
1600
1400
2500
$465,350

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Sir Tristram (Ire), bay stallion, 1971
Sire
Sir Ivor (USA)
1965
Sir Gaylord (USA)
1959
Turn-To (USA)
1951
Royal Charger (GB)
Source Sucree (Fr)
Somethingroyal (USA)
1952
Princequillo (Ire)
Imperatrice (USA)
Attica (USA)
1953
Mr.Trouble (USA)
1947
Mahmoud (Fr)
Motto (USA)
Athenia (USA)
1943
Pharamond (GB)
Salaminia (USA)
Dam
Isolt (USA)
1961
Round Table (USA)
1954
Princequillo (Ire)
1940
Prince Rose (GB)
Cosquilla (GB)
Knight's Daughter (GB)
1941
Sir Cosmo (Ire)
Feola (GB)
All My Eye (GB)
1954
My Babu (Fr)
1945
Djebel (Fr)
Perfume (GB)
All Moonshine (GB)
1941
Bobsleigh (GB)
Selene (GB) (Family: 6-e)[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lichter, Barry (25 May 1997). "Patrick's ride of lifetime". Sunday Star Times. p. 12. 
  2. ^ NZ Blood-horse Ltd, Register of Thoroughbred Stallions of New Zealand, Vol. IX, May 1976
  3. ^ Cambridge Stud Stallions 2010
  4. ^ Peters, Anne. "Leading Sires of Australia". Thoroughbred Heritage. Thoroughbred Heritage. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  5. ^ SMH - Two Gallipolis: legend and facts Retrieved on 30 May 2009
  6. ^ Cambridge Stud Retrieved on 30 May 2009
  7. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software

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