Associated Places: Bishops Itchington, nr Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Andrew Gladstone Clark was the son of Sir Andrew Clark, the eminent physician, and personal doctor of William Gladstone. The young Andrew, a godson of Gladstone, grew up to be first and foremost a great hunting enthusiast although he also produced racehorses at his Manor Stud, near Leamington Spa. Amongst the winners bred there were Gainslaw (Queen's Vase, Ascot), Archeron (Durban July Handicap, S Africa), and Spencer (New Stakes Ascot and Richmond Stakes, Goodwood). When Clark died in February 1933 he left a small bequest to his housekeeper and the rest of his estate to his stud groom, Walter Mann.
At the end of that year a young jockey who was making a name for himself told Walter Mann that he should win a forthcoming seller at the local track, Warwick. The tip duly obliged, and Walter Mann, a non driver, came back with a new filly in the horsebox of the train. He led her the four miles home from the station. After being leased out and winning again, the filly returned to the Manor Stud but produced just three offspring, only one of which survived. This grey hot-headed little thing was born in 1933 and kept on the farm during the war. Although she was no good when she ran twice over hurdles, the filly, Harbour Lights, was to become the great-grandam of Desert Orchid.