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Touchstone (horse)

Painter: John Frederick Herring (1795-1865)
Sire Camel
Dam Banter
Grandsire Whalebone
Damsire Master Henry
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1831
Country Great Britain
Color Brown
Breeder Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster
Owner Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster
Trainer John Scott
Record 20: 15-2-2
Earnings Not found
Touchstone is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Banter by Camel. He was born around 1831 in Great Britain, and was bred by Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster.
Major wins

Dee Stakes (1834)
Doncaster Gold Cup (1835, 1836)
Ascot Gold Cup (1836, 1837)

British Classic Race wins:
St. Leger Stakes (1834)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland
(1842, 1843, 1848, 1855)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 7, 2009

Touchstone (1831-1861) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and champion sire. Owned and bred by Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster, he was conditioned for racing by the preeminent trainer of the day, John Scott.

He was brown stallion, foaled in 1831, by Camel, his dam was the good broodmare, Banter, by Master Henry. Touchstone was a full brother to the St Leger winner Launcelot (br c 1837).[1]

His 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,[2] retiring having won fifteen of his twenty starts, including six walk-overs.[1]

A champion sire

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 includes:

  • Blue Bonnet (b. 1839) - won the St. Leger Stakes
  • Cotherstone (b. 1840) - won the 2,000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby
  • Surplice (b. 1845) - won the Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes
  • Flatcatcher (b. 1845) - won 2,000 Guineas
  • Nunnykirk (b. 1846) - won 2,000 Guineas, 2nd in the St. Leger Stakes
  • Lord of the Isles (b. 1852) - won 2,000 Guineas[1]

Touchstone died in 1861 at Eaton Stud when he was thirty.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bloodlines: Touchstone Retrieved on 2009-9-5
  2. Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970

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