Hailing from the world of finance, Simon Munir and Isaac Souede know better than to place all their eggs in one basket. Hedge funds and investment solutions may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for these guys buying stock with huge potential is their bread and butter.
It’s no surprise then to see their partnership flourishing with this winter set to be their most successful to date. With horses spread among numerous trainers the team are most familiar for having runners with Nicky Henderson.
Simon Munir has owned horses at Seven Barrows for several years with a great deal of success. Soldatino got the show on the road in 2010 when winning the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. A year later Grandouet had the owner dreaming of future Champion Hurdle victories, though sadly never quite reached such heights.
Raya Star did manage to win a Scottish Champion Hurdle for Munir under the guidance of trainer Alan King. Recent Grade 2 and 3 successes have come from a pair of classy mares in Ma Filleule and Une Artiste.
But it’s the Munir/Souede partnership that looks set to take such achievements to a new level. The team certainly has a mighty set of youngsters who could well dominate the Triumph Hurdle in March. Peace And Co won the Grade 2 Juvenile Hurdle at Doncaster earlier in December with consummate ease. Trained by Nicky Henderson, the French import was incredibly slick over his obstacles.
Then at Chepstow over Christmas another arrival from France, this time trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, produced a stunning performance in the Future Champions Finale Hurdle. Bristol De Mai has the look of a chaser, but is set to make an impact over the smaller obstacles after beating a quality field which included Alan King’s top juvenile Karezak.
Yesterday at Newbury we had the latest three-year-old from France to burst onto the scene, when the aptly named Top Notch gave lumps of weight and a beating to a decent type from Harry Fry’s yard. This latest ‘flying machine in green’ is also trained at Seven Barrows, as is the potential star four-year-old L’Ami Serge. Last seen winning the Supreme Trial at Ascot, he is yet another purchase from across the Channel. Towards the head of the market for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in March, he’s a powerful looking son of King’s Theatre.
Vyta Du Roc was another running for Munir and Souede yesterday at Newbury. He was just edged out in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle and looks set to be a serious contender in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival. The partnership also has a classy filly in Ireland under the guidance of champion trainer Willie Mullins. Gitane Du Berlais has strong French form and could make into a serious contender for the mares race at Cheltenham.
With many owners now looking to France for potential stars of the sport, Simon Munir and Isaac Souede are certainly making their presence felt in the market place. This is a partnership that is going places, and they look set to compete aggressively with the likes of Gigginstown, the Ricci’s and the Brookhouse’s of the sport.
Time will tell if their financial expertise is an aid to future success. Certainly the signs so far this winter are positive. Their recent investments appear to be particularly profitable.