The 1836 Doncaster Cup took place on Thursday 22 September 1836 and, although presumably still a furlong or so out, the horses are shown in the order in which they finished: first the Marquess of Westminster's Touchstone, second Lord Chesterfield's Carew, third John Day's Venison, fourth William Orde's Bee's Wing, fifth Sir J. Boswell's General Chass, and sixth W. Richardson's Flying Billy. For some reason Bee's Wing is not in the colours which she later made famous with her Doncaster and Ascot Gold Cup wins.
Touchstone was foaled in 1831 by Camel out of Banter, and was trained at Malton by John Scott, whose brother Will is shown riding him in this picture. He had won the 1834 St. Leger and the 1835 Doncaster Cup, and started this race as favourite at 7-4 on. He subsequently won the Ascot Gold Cups of 1836 and 1837 before retiring to stud where he was four times champion stallion.