|Breeder||Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster|
|Owner||Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster|
|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.|
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).
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, retiring having won fifteen of his twenty starts, including six walk-overs.
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
- Orlando (b. 1841) - won the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger Stakes, Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1851, 1854, 1858)
- 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
- Newminster (b. 1848) - won St. Leger Stakes, Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1859 and 1863, sire of Champion sires: Adventurer, Lord Clifden, and seven-time Leading sire, Hermit
- Lord of the Isles (b. 1852) - won 2,000 Guineas
Touchstone died in 1861 at Eaton Stud when he was thirty.