Painter: John Frederick Herring, Sr. (1795-1865)
|Breeder||Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster|
|Owner||Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster|
|Dee Stakes (1834)
St. Leger Stakes (1834)
Doncaster Gold Cup (1835, 1836)
Ascot Gold Cup (1836, 1837)
|Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland
(1842, 1843, 1848, 1855)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Last updated on May 7, 2009
Touchstone (1831-1861) was a British bred Thoroughbred racehorse and a Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland on four occasions. He was owned and bred by Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster.
He was a brown colt, foaled in 1831, by Camel, his dam was the good broodmare, Banter, by Master Henry. Touchstone was a full brother to the St. Leger Stakes winner, Launcelot (br c 1837). Touchstone was a frail foal with badly turned hocks that caused him to travel wide when moving. He measured 15 hands 2 inches and had strong hindquarters. Touchstone was unusual in having 19 dorsal vertebrae and a segment of a nineteenth rib on each side, which contributed to his long back.
He was conditioned for racing by the preeminent trainer of the day, John Scott. Touchstone's most important win as a three-year-old came in the 1834 classic, the St. Leger Stakes. He went on to win two Doncaster Cups and two Ascot Gold Cups, retiring having won fifteen of his twenty starts, including six walk-overs.
Touchstone was initially retired to stud duty at Moor Park, near Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, but then was brought to his owner's Eaton Stud in Cheshire. A major success as a stallion, Touchstone sired three Epsom Derby winners and was the Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland four times. Of the eight foals from the great racing mare Beeswing, five were sired by Touchstone.
His progeny included:
As late as 1859 he was described as looking "fresh and well" and his box at Eaton was reported to be one of the attractions for visitors to the Chester agricultural show. Touchstone died in 1861 at Eaton Stud when he was thirty.
|Alexander mare (1790)|
|Maiden||Sir Peter Teazle|
|Phoenomenon mare (24) (1788)|
|Mayfly (family: 14)|
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