|Owner||Lord Howard de Walden|
|Slip Anchor is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sayonara by Shirley Heights. He was born around 1982 in Great Britain, and was bred by Plantation Stud.|
Heathorn Stakes (1985)
Epsom Derby (1985)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on January 2, 2010|
Slip Anchor (foaled 1982 in England) was a Thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by Shirley Heights and out of Sayonara (Birkhahn). He won the 1985 Lingfield Derby Trial by ten lengths and then the Epsom Derby.  Bred and raced by Lord Howard de Walden and trained at Newmarket by Henry Cecil, he led all the way at Epsom and won by seven lengths from Law Society. He was ridden by American jockey Steve Cauthen, who became the first rider to win both the Epsom Derby and the Kentucky Derby, following his 1978 success on Affirmed in the American race.
Slip Anchor was the first Epsom Derby winner whose sire (Shirley Heights) and paternal grandsire (Mill Reef) were themselves winners of Britain's premier classic. After the Derby, Slip Anchor injured himself in his box and was never the same.  Although he never won again, in 1986 he earned a second in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket.
Retired to stud duty at his owner's Plantation Stud at Exning near Newmarket, Slip Anchor's most notable offspring was the 1992 European Horse of the Year, User Friendly. He also sired Posidonas, whose wins included the Group One Gran Premio d'Italia in Italy, and Princess of Wales's Stakes and Hardwicke Stakes in England.
|Mill Reef||Never Bend||Nasrullah|