Satwa Queen survived a fight to the wire with Bahia Breeze to capture the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-II) by a short head at Deauville Aug. 19.
The victory in the Prix Jean Romanet on marked the 5-year-old mare’s first win since capturing the same event last year. Since that time however, Satwa Queen has been keeping good company, finishing second to champion Mandesha in the Prix de l’Opera (Fr-I), and finishing a decent fifth to world champion Ouija Board in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Jockey Thierry Thulliez kept Satwa Queen mid-division early in the race, as Daaly Babet set a steady gallop up front. Jimmy Fortune had Bahia Breeze just behind the pacesetter, and the pair took command with just more than a furlong left in the 10-furlong race.
Thulliez had Satwa Queen under a heavy drive in the middle of the course by this time, and the two mares fought it out to the wire. Bahia Breeze started to hang to the left late in the race, interfering slightly with Satwa Queen. It wasn’t enough to prevent Satwa Queen from digging in to capture the Romanet by a short head over Bahia Breeze.
Dynaforce got up for third, two lengths further back. Time for the ten furlongs was 2:11.1.
Satwa Queen, a 5-year-old daughter of Muhtathir out of Tolga, by Irish River, won for the fifth time in 15 starts. Trainer Jean de Roualle stated afterwards that she would again be pointed to the Prix de l’Opera on Oct. 7