Another week, another massive event for the PBR in Australia!
There are few sports more exciting and death-defying than Bull Riding, and just so happens that it’s also an outstanding betting sport.
The PBR Rockhampton Invitational will see the country’s best riders climb aboard the best bulls at two events on Saturday, and don’t forget that you can stream all of the action live and free on the Neds App!
Zane Hall has hit work cut out for him in the first event at Rockhampton, and Gee Whiz will take a power of beating.
Hall failed to return a score in the two events at Caboolture, and while he did ride well in Bundaberg, Mackay also saw the eighteen-year-old return a couple of duck eggs.
Gee Whiz hasn’t made an appearance at a PBR event since 2019, but unseated some of the tour’s better riders, and I can’t imagine this one will last very long.
Betting suggests that this will be one of the better contests in Event 1 at Rockhampton, and I’m backing Aaron Kleier for the upset.
Kleier has been outstanding since the PBR Australia returned from the COVID break, winning the first event in Bundaberg and carrying that into a sixth placing in Event 1 in Mackay and a fourth placing in Event 2.
He climbs aboard a bull in Drag Iron that is yet to have an official match since the PBR returned to action, and whose form prior was only fair.
Lachlan Richardson will climb aboard Oooh Yah in Event 1 at Rockhampton and I’m to roll the dice on the bull winning in a high time band.
Richardson is another rider that has quickly found his feet since the PBR resumed, finishing second in events at Caboolture and Mackay, and winning in Bundaberg.
Oooh Yah returned to action in Mackay and managed to unseat Kelsey Pavlou after 4.65 seconds.
He deserves his favouritism and probably wins, but I think that Richardson will see this one almost to through to the end.
Mackay’s Event 1 winner Lane Mellers has drawn a tough first-up assignment in Bang And Grind, and I think he’ll improve for the effort.
Mellers’ form leading into the Mackay Invitational was probably best described as shaky at best, but he put it all together for an impressive performance last weekend.
Bang And Grind has made just two appearances at the PBR to date, but remains undefeated.
He is clearly a quality animal and he can give Mellers a tough first-up assignment.
There are few things that I enjoy more than a PBR multi and I’m diving back into the action with a four-legger in Event.
All four of these bulls are clear favourites to win their respective matches, with Golden Jacket adding the best bit of value at $1.45.
Kurt Shephard was outstanding in Mackay, and I think that this match with Forever Amen looks another very winnable one for him.
Shephard was an impressive performer in Caboolture a few weeks ago, and while he went off the boil a little in Bundaberg, stormed back into prominence when fifth in Event 1 at Mackay before winning Event 2.
Forever Amen has been impressive in three appearances since the PBR resumed, but there is no doubt that Shephard represents his toughest opponent so far.
I’m a big fan of Aaron Kleier and I am tipping him as the rider to beat in Rockhampton, so I’m going to double down on my bet from Event 1 and back him again later in the program.
In this contest, he climbs aboard Crack The Latch.
Crack The Latch is yet to be defeated in four bucks for the PBR, but I’m confident that run of form will come to an end in Rockhampton.
Jay Borghero is yet to ride a winner since the PBR resumed and High Class Hooker will probably also be a bridge too far for him.
Borgehero has taken part in all six events, while High Class Hooker returned at Mackay for a win and a loss.
Interestingly, three of High Class Hooker’s last five matches have finished almost as soon as they have started, so I’m going to back that trend to continue this week.
Another event, another excellent opportunity to group together a few bulls for a better price in a multi!
In Event 2 at Rockhampton, I’ve selected Scooby Doo, Kalkadoon Kid, Cattle King Ted and Rip Slinger all to win their respective matches, with Kalkadoon Kid adding the most value at $1.35.