Fred Kersley’s quality Xaar mare Answers Are kept her good form going at Ascot’s Super Saturday over the weekend, the five-year-old taking out the $80,000 Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) on Railway Stakes Day by the bob of a head.
Coming off a second to one-time Winterbottom Stakes favourite Barakey at the track and distance earlier this month, on Saturday Answers Are answered the question of whether she was a stakes winning type with a yes.
In a tight result in the $80,000 Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m), Answers Are ($4.40) and jockey Steven Parhnam held on to defeat the Gino Poletti-trained Dante’s Diamond ($5.50) by a nose while Trevor Andrews’ Sweet Serenity ($6) finished off the trifecta in order of the odds.
The Jungle Mist Classic was Answers Are’s first black-type assignment and became her sixth career success from 18 starts.
It was a nice result for Kerlsey who has put in plenty of time and patience getting Answers Are up to par after she suffered some serious injury issues earlier in her career.
Kerlsey will now press on to the $80,000 Listed Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) with Answers Are back at Ascot on Kingstown Town Classic Day, December 3, before her current preparation culminates with a run in the $80,000 Listed La Trice Classic (1800m) on December 31.
Answers Are is bred for success in the Jungle Dawn Classic, her dam being Serheed mare Jevanswer who won the Jungle Dawn Classic back in 1999.
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2011 Jungle Mist Classic Results & Finishing Order
Ascot Race 6 – 19/11/2011
|1||2||ANSWERS ARE||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||–||2||54.5kg||$4.40|
|2||3||DANTE’S DIAMOND||Gino Poletti||Shaun O’Donnell||0.15L||1||54.5kg||$5.50|
|3||15||SWEET SERENITY||Trevor Andrews||–||0.3L||4||53kg||$6|
|4||9||ELLE CHOISIT||Doug Wilson||Troy Turner||0.35L||15||53kg||$26|
|5||13||SUMMER SWALLOW||Sonya Price||Jason Whiting||0.75L||11||53kg||$26|
|6||12||MOONLIGHT BAY||Grant Williams||William Pike||1.25L||5||53kg||$9|
|7||7||BEST FEATURE||Ross & Clint Price||Marco Chui||1.75L||7||53kg||$14|
|8||14||SVARA||Fred Kersley||Ms Lisa Bivemark||1.75L||8||53kg||$31|
|9||1||PREMARDAL||Todd Harvey||Paul Harvey||1.75L||13||58.5kg||$11|
|10||4||ROSIE ROCKET||Warwick||Shaun Meeres||2L||12||54.5kg||$26|
|11||8||BONTIARA||Robert Harvey||Jason Brown||2L||10||53kg||$8|
|12||16||VERSCENE||David Harrison||Brad Parnham||2L||14||53kg||$71|
|13||5||ABSOLUTE PLEASURE||Trevor Andrews||Shaun Mc Gruddy||2.5L||6||53kg||$12|
|14||11||MIRRANNON||John Mcguckin||Craig Staples||4.25L||3||53kg||$51|
|15||10||IMA CITINPRETTY||Shane A Edwards||Peter Knuckey||11.75L||9||53kg||$26|
|–||18e||FOREVER SPECIAL||Grant Williams||–||–||6||–||–|
|–||17e||DESIRE PATH (NZ)||Lindsey Smith||–||–||3||–||–|
|–||6||APTODETI||Jodie Liakousis||Patrick Carbery||–||15||–||–|