Speedway: Grand Final dates for Edinburgh Monarchs out

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Edinburgh Monarchs announced last night that they will host the first leg of the Premier League play-off Grand Final against Somerset Rebels at Armadale on Friday October 25 with the deciding tie taking place at Somerset on Monday October 28.

Monarchs chairman Alex Harkess said: “It is disappointing that yet again we will not have he chance to win the league at home but it was out of our hands this time.

“But I always feel it is better to defend a lead rather than overcome one.” Edinburgh Monarchs No.1 Craig Cook isn’t taking things easy as he gears up to face Somerset Rebels in the Premier League play-off Grand Final next week. Cook competes in Saturday’s Elite League Riders’ Championship at Swindon but insists he is not under any pressure to win the star-studded event. A clutch of top-notch performances for Belle Vue Aces, who he skippers, earned the Cumbrian rider his place, but for once he is not considered the favourite to triumph.

Said Cook: “It’s a no-pressure meeting for me and nobody is going to look at me and think I’m favourite to win the thing. I have probably got the lowest average among the 16 rider field, and perhaps that will be a good thing because people will consider me a rank outsider.”

Cook has a further individual engagement next Tuesday when he rides in the Banks’s Olympique meeting at Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green Stadium which is a unique event featuring handicap racing. Newly crowned World Champion Tai Woffinden, son of former Monarchs rider Rob, will be a special guest.