SHOWJUMPING great David Broome led the plaudits to GB prospect Harry Charles after the 16-year-old was crowned Welsh Masters champion.

And in a thrilling one-two for the Charles family, from Bentworth, Harry beat his father – London 2012 gold medallist Peter Charles – into second place with a brilliant display on the nine-year-old Strides Controe.

Harry took the £1,500 top prize after dominating a five-horse jump-off at the David Broome Event Centre, near Chepstow, clocking a time of 35.85secs, while Charles Snr and Stapleton Mist posted 37.46. Nicholas Benterman (TJ Mullanacross Maliro) finished third, Matthew Sampson (Perfect Rouge) fourth and Adrian Whiteway (Cojack) fifth.

“I took what dad did in his jump-off round and then tried to jump it quicker,” said Harry after his finest victory at senior level.

“It was a very careful course, definitely bigger than 1.40m. It was tricky, with just five clears from 40 starters, so it took some jumping.”

Peter Charles added: “I said to Harry when I bought the horse that he’s really sharp and quick. He might even jump a Nations Cup one day. He is not short of jump and he is quick away.”

Harry also won the Men’s Final, riding Vivaldi Du Dom, while the Ladies Final saw second and third-place finishes respectively for his sisters, Sienna and Scarlett.

David Broome said of Harry’s scintillating performance: “He went superbly. His horse jumped very well, he rode it well and he beat his dad, which was no mean achievement.

“We have watched Harry progress over the years and every time I see him he gets better. He is the right physique and he has a good eye, with flair and a very sound head.

“He has a fantastic future ahead of him in the sport, as do his sisters.”