When Satwa Queen springs from the gate in the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs trainer Jean de Roualle will be content knowing his prep work is done and the outcome of the race is in the hands of jockey Thierry Thulliez.
"I've done my job, now it's time for him to do his," Roualle joked Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs shortly after Satwa Queen returned to the Quarantine Barn after galloping on the main track.
Thulliez is 1-1 in Breeders' Cup starts after guiding Domedriver to victory in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). "This is just his second ride in the Breeders' Cup and I hope he stays at 100%," the trainer said. "He knows this filly quite well."
The French-born jockey has been aboard Satwa Queen in her two previous starts, including a 1 1/2-length win in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-II) at Deauville. Most recently the pair finished second, beaten three quarters of a length in the Prix de l'Opera Casino Barriere d'Enghien-Les-Bains (Fr-I) at Longchamp.
Satwa Queen and Thulliez will break from post nine and are listed at 12-1 on the morning line.
"The draw in the gate is not the best I would wish because she will be very close to the first turn, but the pace might be fast because of that so we will try to get her in place," said Roualle. "If you stay behind you have no choice to be there, so it will be a question of jockey."
Roualle is very experienced training top-class fillies, having saddled – Caerlina, who won the Prix de Diane (Fr-I) (French Oaks) in 1991; Queen Maud, who landed the 1997 renewal of the Prix Vermeille; and leading NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) contender, Gorella, who he trained until September 2005, winning the Prix de Sandringham with her and saddling her to be placed in two French group 1 races
While Roualle has confidence in his jockey, he also has confidence in his 4-year-old daughter of Muhtathir--Tolga, by Irish River. "There is not much pressure," the French trainer said. "I know how tough it is in this field and my filly is good."