Shirley Heights (1975–1997) was a British-bred and British-trained Thoroughbred race horse, winner of the Epsom Derby in 1978. The colt had previously won the Royal Lodge Stakes and the Dante Stakes and went on to win the Irish Derby before his racing career was ended by injury. He went on to be a highly successful breeding stallion.
He is the last Epsom Derby winner to be both the son of a previous winner (Mill Reef, 1971), and the sire of a subsequent winner (Slip Anchor, 1985).
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