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Bloodstock Desk: Touching Wood, St Leger winner, is put down at 25.

Byline: Rachel Pagones and Janet Hickman

TOUCHING WOOD (Roberto-Mandera, by Vaguely Noble), winner of the 1982 St Leger and Irish St Leger, has been

put down at Fayette Park Stud in New Zealand at the age

of 25.

The son of 1972 Derby winner Roberto and Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes winner Mandera won three of his nine starts for Maktoum Al Maktoum and trainer Tom Jones and was never out of the first three. A $200,000 Keeneland July Sale yearling bred by Pin Oak Farm, he finished third on his only two-year-old start. The following season he proved one of the best middle-distance three-year-olds, when he finished second to Golden Fleece in the Derby in addition to his two Classic triumphs.

He was retired to Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of 7,000gns in 1983 but was exported to New Zealand after the 1988 covering season. His best European performer was 1990 Ascot Gold Cup winner Ashal, and he also sired smart stayer Great Marquess plus Australian Group 1 winner Linesman.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2004
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