Comets captain Craig Cook is fit to challenge for title

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Number one: Craig Cook celebrates with the trophy after winning the British title
Number one: Craig Cook celebrates with the trophy after winning the British title

Workington Comets captain Craig Cook will be fit to challenge for his second Championship Riders' Individual title this weekend.

Cook was forced to withdraw from Sunday's Championship Pairs contest at Sheffield after suffering a toe injury during the previous night's Comets meeting against Newcastle.

But the Cleator racer is fit to ride at Glasgow on Saturday (7pm start) against the league's best in a field set to include former Comets Ricky Wells and Richard Lawson.

Tony Jackson, Cook's team manager at Workington, said his skipper had not broken anything on Saturday despite his foot being badly bruised and swollen and he came through Tuesday night's meeting for Belle Vue okay.

Jackson added: "You have to think Craig can do well there and he's won it before.

"It would be something to celebrate at the end of a season where as a team we have under-performed.

"He is the best rider in the league so you've got to make him the favourite but the home riders will be pushing and Ricky Wells is in a good run of form at the moment.

"Although there are some riders who have pulled out due to injury, there will be decent ones coming in to replace them and you still have people like Nick Morris in there who is a former Glasgow rider.

"As I said with the Pairs last weekend, it's like a meeting full of heat 15s but if there's one rider you want in heat 15 it's Craig."

Cook has won the competition once before – when it was the Premier League Riders' Championship while he was a Peterborough rider in 2012 – and to win it again in his first season back at his local club would cap a brilliant year which has also seen him win the British Championship, ride in his home Grand Prix and qualify for next year's GP series.

Meanwhile, Comets will now travel to face Glasgow Tigers on Friday, October 20 at 7.30pm.

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