PBR Mackay Invitational Tips & Preview

The PBR moves further north on Saturday for the third event in as many weeks, the Mackay Invitational!

The action has been red-hot since we returned from the COVID break, and we’ve managed to unearth a few lucrative winners along the way.

Check out our preview and PBR Mackay Invitational tips below!

Event 1
Lachlan Slade vs Tribal
Bull in 3-3.99 Seconds ($4)

Lachlan Slade faces a mammoth task against Tribal in Event 1, and it looks a good opportunity to dive back into Bands betting.

Slade returned some pleasing efforts during the 2019 season, but he is yet to make an appearance at the PBR in 2020, and he wasn’t able to score at his last effort in Rockhampton (December).

Tribal meanwhile has been in excellent form since the return of the PBR, stepping out at both Caboolture events and unseating both Zane Hall (3.95) and Beau Willis (2.91).

The average of those two times equates to 3.43 seconds, so I’m going to select 3-3.99 seconds in time bands for $4.

Lachlan Richardson vs Ranga
Richardson to Win ($2.10)

Betting suggests that this will be one of the better contests in Event 1 at the PBR Mackay Invitational and I’m going to back Lachlan Richardson to pull off the upset, as a slight outsider.

Richardson is currently the world’s 30th-ranked rider, and he has been outstanding since the return of PBR Australia, finishing second in Event 1 at Caboolture and winning Event 1 at Bundaberg.

He clearly rides well fresh, but he does have his work cut out for him with Ranga, who beat both Jay Borghero and Budd Williamson in Bundaberg.

Ben Gard vs Comeback Kid
Ride Duration Under 3.5 Seconds ($2.05)

Ben Gard made his return to the PBR at Bundaberg, and while he did finish ninth in Event 1, he was unable to score any points.

He’s is sure to improve from that hit-out, but climbs aboard Comeback Kid, who backed Jack Keats in 2.73 seconds at Bundaberg, and Lane Mellers in 3.45 seconds.

I’m happy to continue following that trends into this contest, and the $2.05 on offer for a ride duration of less than 3.5 seconds looks a lovely bet.

Lane Mellers vs Cattle King Ray Ban
Mellers to Win ($3)

Lane Mellers is yet to return a points-scoring ride in any of the four events that have taken place since the resumption of the PBR Australia, but he has continued to improve with each effort and I’m going to back him for the upset in Event 1 at Mackay.

Mellers produced several eye-catching rides in the States and Canada earlier in the year, and he remains on the more lethal riders on the Australian tour.

Cattle King Ray Ban defeated Zane Hall first-up in Bundaberg but will actually enter this match off the back of a loss to Aaron Kleier.

Event 1 Multi: Sick An Twisted, Mighty Whitey, Bucksnort, Maxmus All to Win
$3.15

I love having a PBR multi and the best combination tends to be a few bulls grouped together for a better price.

In Event 1 at Mackay, I’ve elected to include Sick An Twisted, Mighty Whitey, Bucksnort and Maximus all to win their respective matches.

Each bull is a clear odds on favourite to salute, the $3.15 we’re getting at publish is juicy.

Event 2
Beau Willis vs Kalkadoon Kid
Ride Duration Under 3.5 Seconds ($1.90)

Beau Willis has only taken part in one event since the resumption of PBR Australia, and I think he’ll face too great a task in Kalkadoon Kid in Mackay.

Willis is actually on a seven-match losing streak, having fallen out of form leading into the COVID break.

He’ll be legged aboard Kalkadoon Kid, who himself hasn’t made an appearance since March, but who has also tasted defeat only once during his PBR career.

Lachlan Richardson vs Reload
Bull in 5-5.99 ($11) & Bull in 6-6.99 ($14)

This shapes as one of the better contests in Event 2 at Mackay, with a formed rider coming up against a very good bull.

I’ve backed Richardson to beat Ranga in Event 1, but there is no doubt that this is a far tougher task for the twenty-seven-year-old, and he’s really need to muster a season-best performance to win.

Reload bucked off Brumby Brandenburg in 3.87 seconds and Lawson Nobbs in 2.95 seconds in Bundaberg, and he enters this match a justifiable favourite.

I give Richardson some hope of winning, so I’m going to back to bull to win in a couple of later time bands.

Aaron Kleier vs Slam N Jam
Kleier to Win ($3.40)

Aaron Kleier was outstanding in Bundaberg, and he is over the odds to defeat Slam N Jam in Event 2 at Mackay.

The world number 27 was a strong and consistent performer in the United States earlier this year, and while he wasn’t able to score at Caboolture, he finished third in Event 1 last week and won Event 2.

He climbs aboard Slam N Jam, who makes his first appearance at the PBR Mackay Invitational since March’s Ballarat Stampede.

I’m more than happy to dive into the $3.40 on offer for Kleier.

Event 2 Multi: Razor Sharp, Guilty Pleasure, 25 To Life, High Class Hooker All to Win
$2

Betting suggests that there will be plenty of mismatches in Event 2 at the PBR Mackay Invitational, and I’m eager to take advantage with a multi.

We’re getting even money for these four bulls to win their respective matches, with $1.24 being the longest price for any of them.