The PBR Airlie Beach Invitational is the final event before the Grand Finals take place in Townsville, and we’re set for another two high quality and adrenaline filled events on Saturday!
Aaron Kleier took another big step towards an unprecedented third-consecutive national title in Toowoomba last week, finishing second in the first event before blitzing his rivals in Event 2.
The world number 24 is riding with confidence, and he looks the cowboy to beat again at Airlie Beach.
Jake Curr is a star on the rise and he strikes a very winnable match in Event 1 at Airlie Beach.
Curr has been a model of consistency since the PBR returned and was rewarded for his building form with his first ever win on the PBR Australia tour in Event 1 at Beaudesert.
He contested just one event in Toowoomba last week, finishing fourth in the afternoon session, and he climbs aboard a bull who will be making his debut at Airlie Beach.
Obviously, it’s tough to know what we’ll get in Tough Walk, but I’m happy to follow Curr’s recent form into this one.
Lachlan Richardson returned a rare flat effort in Toowoomba last week, and while I’m confident he’ll bounce back in Airlie Beach, he faces a tough first-up assignment against Reloaded.
Richardson has won two PBR events since we returned to action after the COVID break, finishing second a further four times, but he simply could not get into a rhythm last week.
Reloaded is a lively bull, but there is also no doubt that Richardson is an extremely tough opponent for him, as well.
I think the bull will reign victorious, but Richardson can take him almost the whole way.
He’s been typically good all season, but Aaron Kleier really did appear to go to another level in Toowoomba, and he represents terrific value to beat Home Grown in Event 1 at Airlie Beach.
The two-time national champion tuned up at Caboolture in September and has been pretty faultless since, winning three events and placing on several other occasions.
He climbs aboard an undefeated bull here in Home Grown, so he’ll clearly need to be at his best, but I am happy to continue backing Kleier until he gives me a reason not to.
Lane Mellers has mixed his form since the PBR returned this season, but his best is definitely good enough to win a match like this one.
Mellers won Event 1 in Mackay last month, finishing second in Event 2 at Beaudesert, but again failing to return a scoring performance in Toowoomba.
Django’s record since the PBR returned currently stands at 3:2-1, and he arrives in Airlie Beach off the back of a loss to Aaron Kleier.
I do think that the bull will win again, and his average buck-off time suggests that it will be somewhere between 4-6 seconds.
We’re saddling up with another four-leg multi for Event 1 at the PBR Airlie Beach Invitational and we’re getting a nice price for these four bulls to win their respective matches.
All of Random Assault, 25 To Life, Bezerk and Drag Iron are clear favourites to win, with 25 To Life injecting the most value at $1.48.
With his tough Event 1 draw against Reloaded under the belt by this point, I’m confident that Lachlan Richardson can and will beat Flyin Hippie in Event 2.
Alongside Aaron Kleier, Richardson has been the best cowboy on the Australian PBR tour this season, and backing him to win has proven to be a lucrative exercise.
Flyin Hippie contested both events in Toowoomba for wins over Ty Thomson and Kelsey Pavlou, but this is a big step up in class for the bull.
I’m expecting Aaron Kleier to go close, if not just win Event 1 at Airlie Beach, and I really can’t find a reason why he won’t be able to win this match either.
Kleier’s record speaks for itself, and he represents a winning chance and value in the market every time that he is legged aboard a bull.
Bucksnort has recorded seven wins from eight appearances on the PBR Australia tour and arrives in Airlie Beach off the back of wins over Lane Mellers and Sam Woodall in Toowoomba.
Regardless, I’m happy to stick with Kleier.
Hot Spot is set to start his match with Cameron McLennan a $1.01 favourite in the market, and understandably so.
McLennan has plenty of talent, but he hasn’t been able to find form since returning from the COVID break and is currently on a -22 streak.
Hot Spot has only made one appearance at the PBR so far, a loss to Jay Borghero, but I’m confident he’ll improve for that experience and beat the out of form McLennan.
World number 66 Kurt Shephard arrives in Airlie Beach full of confidence after winning Event 1 in Toowoomba, but I think he’ll need to go to another level to beat Ranga.
Having won Event 1 at Mackay last month, Shephard has returned several pleasing performances recently and podiumed at Beaudesert leading into last week’s win.
Ranga has made five appearances at the PBR so far for four wins, and enters this match off the back of a comfortable win over Lachlan Richardson.
Interestingly, three of his five matches have ended within the 2-2.99 second band, so I’m going to back that trend to continue.
I’m shooting for another four-leg multi in Event 2 at the Airlie Beach Invitational, full of bulls.
We’re getting a very nice price for Iron Jacket, Freckles Brown, Meet Ya Maker and High Class Hooker to win their respective matches, with Iron Jacket injecting a very respectable $1.57.