Another enormous bull riding season will conclude at this weekend’s PBR Grand Finals at Townsville!
The country’s best riders and bulls will go toe-to-toe across two action-packed days as we search for this year’s champion, and there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of serious value.
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Lane Mellers has mixed his form throughout the PBR season and I think that he’ll face too great a task in Shoot To Thrill first-up in Townsville.
Having won Event 1 at Mackay in October, Mellers has placed just once in eight subsequent events, and enters the Grand Finals off the back of a couple of duck eggs in Airlie Beach.
He climbs aboard a bull that has won two of three bucks to date, both of which fell between the 3-3.99 second band.
Kurt Shephard has been in outstanding form this season, and he strikes a very winnable match against Bucksnort on Friday.
Shephard continued to improve with each buck when the PBR returned in September, and returned to winning form in Event 2 at Mackay.
He has barely put a foot wrong in the wake, winning again at Toowoomba and finishing second at last week’s Event 1 at Airlie Beach.
He arrives in Townsville brimming with confidence, and while Bucksnort has been one of the better bulls on tour this season, I’m happy to side with the cowboy.
Lachlan Richardson has been one of PBR Australia’s best, and one of the safest bets this season, and I’m confident he can beat Annihilation at the Grand Finals.
Richardson has won two events and finished second on a further four occasions since we returned from the COVID break, but has been a little quieter in recent weeks.
He climbs aboard a bull this week who has himself been quite inconsistent, winning only two of his last four matches, but throwing Jake Whalan just over a second into their battle last week.
Richardson represents a far tougher task for Annihilation, and I’m confident that this is another winning opportunity for the cowboy.
Rohan Markham has struggled at recent PBR events and faces a big task in beating Forever Amen in Townsville.
Markham is in fact yet to place since returning to action in Mackay, and was again unable to have anything of an impact at Airlie Beach.
Forever Amen has meanwhile won four of five matches since the action returned, unseating several high-quality riders.
Given what is on the line, I think Markham can return a competitive effort, I’m just not sure he can win.
This is one of our final opportunities to band together a few bulls into a multi this season, and we’re getting a nice price for Top Deck, Barn Yard, Get A Haircut and Rockslide all to win their respective matches.
Given the calibre of riders remaining at the Grand Finals, all four bulls add nice value into the multi.