Harry Charles dances to a Welsh Masters win


Harry Charles used his final draw to maximum effect to regain his 2016 Martin Collins grand prix title at the Welsh Masters, David Broome Event Centre, riding Valkiry de Zance to a three sec victory.

Eight of the 31 starters produced initial clears with Ben Bick setting an early standard on the Zip Phin nine-year-old Zipiro – and he remained ahead as following riders either faulted as they chased the time or opted for accurate clear rounds. Until last to go, Harry. The eight-year-old Valkiry travelled well across the ground and took the tight turns in his stride to commandingly take the title for Harry, 17.

“He’s very quick with plenty of scope,” said Harry on the Diamant de Semilly/Double Espoir gelding bought 12 months ago as a green seven-year-old.

Ben claimed second with Olivia Poole’s late round on Corlando of Cavallini taking third. Nicola Barry stepped up with Darien to post a super double clear for fourth with Adrian Whiteway in fifth on Carambow and Robert Whitaker in sixth aboard Able Mabel. Matt Sampson picked up seventh on a catch ride, Carron Nicol’s Jaguar VD Berghoeve, and Gemma Ellison slotted into eighth with Elrond.

Matt Sampson was on fire this weekend. After taking two championship titles on Saturday, he stepped up to claim the Hazelden six-year-old on a horse he sat on for just 10 min before the class after stepping in to help Carron Nicol, who had injured her back earlier in the week.

In a hotly-contended, unbelievably quick jump-off of 19, Matt sliced corners and risked a long gallop to the penultimate vertical to claim the class by 0.37 sec on Nistria VD Winning Z. The Nonstop daughter was bought from Belgium's Karel Cox just a week earlier.

“She’s an out-and-out winner,” said Carron.

Chloe Reynolds and the ultra-consistent, newly crowned Blue Chip Karma performance champion Grenadier Volo had to settle for second with Jane Annett’s Hold Up in third. Aoife O’Connor brought Billy du Montois into fourth with fellow Billy Stud rider Lucy Townley in fifth on Billy Tudor and Kate Whitaker in sixth on Val de Vauxelles Z.

Louis Simmons outpaced all in the five-year-old championship to commandeer the top two places on Linda Damour Z and Hakuna. Twenty tackled the jump-off here with Louis taking an early lead on the VDL Sheraton/No Limit mare Hakuna – and was the only one to beat his own time with second ride Linda, a daughter of Lancaster, 1.61 sec separating the two.

“They are both quick learners,” said Louis.

Nathan Bull’s early target on Milton van Vrijhern took third with Holly Broad on Helsinki III in fourth, Claire Gradley’s Hillery II fifth and Alice Godfrey in sixth on Hannibal S.

Johnathan Bowman produced a flying and unbeatable round to take the Welsh Masters 1.25m title on seasoned campaigner Marcel des Rosiers – now 17-years-young. Johnathan bought the ever-eager chestnut gelding as a three-year-old and they know each other inside out – and it showed here as they took the class by storm to win with one and half sec in hand.

Faye Adams claimed second in the 14-horse decider on Ebriolita with Gemma Elllison and Zilverster third. Claire Gradley’s Super Model took fourth with Karen Bosworth on Lady Rouge fifth and Samantha John’s opening round on Quadrofoglia Z in sixth.

Natalie McQuiggan and the wonderfully consistent Irish-bred Kilshanny Gold clocked up another victory with the Deebees Rosettes 1.05m Welsh Masters title with a narrow 0.13 sec win.

The partnership – supported by granddad Bryan McAlice and Stage One Upholstery – has been together for 12 months and such is their winning tally, they topped the latest Bronze league list by 300 points.

Molly Chandler rode Verona XI into second with Alice Godfrey on Bugac Donat and Amy Cornforth on Quarnford Duchess in equal third after dead-heating on time.

Rebecca Mason proved the quickest on her Thoroughbred mare Miserden Imprezza to take the Baileys Horse Feeds 1.15m championship.

“She’s super brave and super-careful,” said Rebecca, who is based near Stroud in Gloucestershire.

Georgia Cabb took second almost two sec adrift on Uragan with Jess Graham in third on HHS Faldo. Eleni Falla claimed fourth on Tremarl Mr Muffin with Philippa Wratten in fifth on Don D.

Rachael Evison landed the Keith Price Garages 1.10m Welsh Masters on Scylla D Ouilly, an 11-year-old mare owned four five years.

“She’s so easy and has won in excess of a 100 classes,” said Rachael.

Samantha Kellett jumped into second on V Ramzes Z and Lucy Davies took third on Fiko R.

Mark Edwards claimed the concluding Showground Photography 1.30m, run on grass in the magnificent Castle arena, with Charlotte Watt’s Greenvale Cara. Matthew Broome slotted Duffy II into second with Victoria Bennett third aboard Brandon II.

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