PBR World Finals Round 2 Review
I think that was the best way to describe Round 2 at the 2018 PBR World Finals. The bulls caused havoc with multiple cowboys needing assistance to leave the arena on a night where only eight qualified rides were posted. I think we will be seeing some alternates gain a start over the next few rounds of competition.
It was Marco Eguchi who came out on top with a massive 94-point ride on Spotted Demon. He paid the price for his determination, but $35,000 and 300 World Points was his reward.
Jose Vitor Leme continues to lose the gap between himself and No.1 Kaique Pacheco with a seocnd place finish. The Brazilian put up 91 points on Bad Beagle. J.B. Mauney rounded out the Top 3 with a 90.5 point ride on M.A.G.A that had T-Mobile arena rocking.
Lachlan Richardson was down early with Cochise beginning with a few big belly rolls before deciding to turn back to the left. Richardson made a nice correction to counter these moves but the buck off came at 3.66 seconds and the bull was scored 44.00 points.
Richardson remains 11th in the event aggregate.
Nathan Burtenshaw faced off with Canadian Mist. The bull was awarded 45.50 points for one of the best outs we saw all night. The gate cracked and the bull was straight into this work, around to the left, right in the gate. The Aussie was out the back in 3.46 seconds.
Six riders remain perfect after two rounds of the 2018 PBR World Finals. Jose Vitor Leme leads the way on 179.75 with Marco Eguchi just 0.25 points adrift in second place. Eduardo Aparecido and Kaique Pacheco share third place on 176.0 points.
The World Champion Bucking Bull race is underway with SweetPro’s Bruiser still in the prime position despite only being marked 44.75 points. He needs a score of 45.5 or more on Sunday to make it a three-peat. Legit was the night marked bull on the night with 46 points against Luis Blanco.
PBR World Finals Round 3 Preview
The draw for Round 3 of the PBR World Finals was conducted as a draft, which means, the riders were able to select their own bulls. For this reason, we will see plenty of qualified rides tonight.
Nathan Burtenshaw v VJV Whiskey Hand (Vold Rodeo)
Burtenshaw has a great opportunity to get a score on the board despite being well down in the draft order.
He will face a Canadian bull that we have seen ridden twice in nineteen outs. Marcos Gloria was the last rider to make the whistle and he put up 90.50 points at the Calgary Stampede.
Whiskey Hand twists around to the right with a strong kick and as long as he can stay with the bull as he leaves the chute, Burtenshaw should go real close to recording a qualified ride.
Lachlan Richardson v Lightning Before Thunder (Jenkins Bucking Bulls)
This is a great pick and the bull should suit Richardson right down to the ground.
Lightning Before Thunder has been covered four times this year with scores in the high 80’s. His usual trip begins with some straight, high jumps out of the gate before settling into a right-handed, well-timed spin.
Go out and have some fun Lachlan!
You can tune into RidePass for Round 3 of the PBR World Finals from 1:30 pm AEST on Saturday to watch all the action from T-Mobile or you can head to my Live Updates page where I will once again be posting ride scores, pictures and videos.
The ABBI Finals Yearlings competition was completed on Thursday morning.
727E Nashota took out the competition for Julian, Webb and D&H Cattle with an outstanding 73.40 point performance.
Riders will face a mixed pen of bulls on Saturday Night in Round 4. The Top 22 ABBI Classic bulls from Night 1 come back for their second and final round. The remaining draws are bulls that we haven’t seen in the previous rounds so it can be an up-and-down night with riding percentages anywhere between 20% and 35%.
The second round of the ABBI Finals Futurity competition will begin on Friday afternoon in the Southpoint Arena.
Matt West’s Charity Cornhole Competition is currently underway in the Fan Zone (Friday Morning) so I’d better head down for a look.