Cook matches Monarchs ace

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Edinburgh Monarchs ace Craig Cook may not have won last night’s British Speedway Final at Wolverhampton, but his fourth-place finish underlined his growing status as one of the UK’s best emerging 
riders, writes DAVID 

Cook’s effort equalled that of Monarchs legend Les Collins, who also finished fourth back in 1989 as he improved upon the seventh spot he attained on his debut in the showpiece event 12 months ago.

The Monarchs No. 1 won three races to finish on 12 points in the qualifying heats which took him directly into the semi-final, which he won in tremendous style against seven-time champion Scott Nicholls, Danny King and Edward Kennett.

Cook did not make the best of gates in the Grand Final race-off and could make no impression on home rider Tai Woffinden, who took the chequered flag to be crowned champion in front of his own fans.