George Simon
Cambridge Edition 9/12/09

In this game, it can get a tad confusing sometimes.

Last Saturday at Avondale, you could be forgiven for thinking you were at Alexandra Park.

Moments after Electronic Socks justified her race favouritism when winning at Avondale last Saturday, the Avondale winner’s circle was awash with harness racing identities.

The promising Electronic Zone mare is trained by leading trainer/driver Todd Mitchell and is raced by the Road Runner Syndicate, comprising of mostly harness racing identities.

“Nearly everyone in the syndicate is involved in harness racing,” Mitchell said as Electronic Socks returned to scale.

Amongst the cheering squad on Saturday was another leading driver Peter Ferguson.

“This game is easy……….how long has this been going on for?” quipped Ferguson.

Ferguson, along with Mitchell’s father Robert, and Northern Harness starter Colin Courtney, is thoroughly enjoying the deeds of Electronic Socks.

“We all got a great thrill when she won her last start at the Cambridge Jockey Club meeting at Te Rapa a fortnight ago, and to see her come out and win again is brilliant,” said Ferguson

Electronic Socks scored a comfortable win for regular rider Andy Webb, winning by one and a half lengths.

“She was always travelling well and it was a matter of just biding my time,” said Webb.

Webb allowed Electronic Socks plenty of time to settle, being a clear last on settling.

Although Webb felt comfortable, up in the grandstand Mitchell admitted to some concern.

“I was wondering what was going on when she got so far off then in the early stages……….but Andy said later the leaders were going too quick a bit like how Ferg drives,” he quipped.

The good natured banter continued when Ferguson advised Webb to start practising his victory salute.

“I told Andy when she wins the Dunstan Feeds Championship Final at Ellerslie, to give one of my famous Ferg “salutes” and not to worry about getting fined…………we’ll look after that,” he joked.

The victory has left Mitchell with a dilemma.

“She’s a mare who needs plenty of work and racing to keep her ticking over and the three weeks in between races is a worry,” said Mitchell.

He is entertaining the idea of lining Electronic Socks up at Te Rapa on the 19th December.

“Then again I have to be careful she doesn’t get too much weight for the Dunstan Final,” he said. 

And therein lies another problem for the Road Runner Syndicate.

“The $60,000 final is in New Years Day at Ellerslie and most of us will be working at the Cambridge harness meeting that night…..that could be a problem…especially if she wins,” said Mitchell.

Judging by her progress in recent starts, Electronic Socks looms a definite chance.