Edinburgh Monarchs make a third attempt to stage the Caledonian Riders Championship tonight in a meeting designed to showcase up and coming young talent alongside some established names.
Front runners to lift the trophy at Armadale should be Monarchs duo Max Clegg and Mitchell Davey. Clegg mark you, has dropped down to reserve for Monarchs under the latest set of averages. He has struggled to score heavily and, in his most recent match at Redcar, he scored just one point. From reserve he should be doing an awfully lot better.
However, he did win the Belgian Golden Helmet meeting a week ago coming from last to first in the final to defeat Danish rider Mark Beyer on the line.
Clegg’s reserve team-mate Davey will have high hopes of claiming gold. He has picked up points recently for Monarchs and if he gets out in front he has a realistic chance of claiming a podium spot at worse.
The biggest threat to a home victory could come from Redcar racer Coty Garcia and Berwick’s Dany Gappmaier. Workington Comets’ second-string star James Sarjeant cannot be discounted either.
Kev Whelan is the most recognisable homegrown talent to Monarchs supporters being a stalwart second-half performer at the Lothian Arena. A strong showing from him could propel him towards a National League spot in 2018.
Three other Scots are taking part: Luke Ruddick, Dale Lamb and Kieran Douglas, and they will relish the chance of putting themselves in the shop window.