With the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour travelling just a short distance down the road from last weekends event in Shepparton, the bullpen for the 2019 Bendigo Invitational on Saturday night should appear a little more familiar for the riders.
The Cowboys did well last week in Shepparton, recording a season-high qualified ride percentage against an unfamiliar pen at the Shepparton Invitational. The field of 27 riders covered 40% of their bulls, who average a 41.46 point bullscore.
At the 2018 Bendigo Invitational, the riding percentage was much closer to the average with a 33.33 rate recorded while the average bullscore landed at 41.08 points.
Take a look my 2019 Bendigo Invitational Event Preview.
PBR Australia has enlisted five of New South Wales and Victoria’s strongest Stock Contractors for the 2019 Bendigo Invitational.
The pen will feature bulls from 2018 PBR Australia Stock Contractors of the Year Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls, Kasper Bucking Bulls and Woodall Rodeo Company who are all backing up from last weekend’s Shepparton event.
John Gill & Sons will join the trio in Bendigo, and we also welcome back Maynes Bucking Bulls to PBR Australia action.
Round 1 Key Matchups
Section 1 kicks off with a matchup between Lachlan Richarson and Hazmat (2-1, PBRA) who was ridden last weekend by Joshua Jones to the tune of 81.5 points.
2018 Rookie of the Year Lane Mellers will also be out in the opening section against Amigo (0-1, PBRA). Robinson Guedes was successful aboard this bull in Shepparton with the judges awarding the pair 81.5 points.
Lachlan Slade faces a rematch from last season in Wodonga where Ransom 2 (4-3, PBRA) won their battle in 2.88 seconds. Ransom 2 has been very consistent with an average bull score of 42.04 points across his PBR career.
Reigning PBR Australian National Champion and 2019 Standings Leader Aaron Kleier will start things off in the second section against Feel The Fire (4-1, PBRA). Kleier is the only rider to cover this bull, scoring 83.5 points to win the long round at the Blackall Touring Pro last season.
Spider Pig (1-0, PBRA) got the better of Mitchel Paton in 3.5 seconds at Marrabel, but the Nebo cowboy gets a chance to avenge that defeat here in Bendigo. The No. 3 ranked Troy Wilkinson faces a tough matchup with Jack Hammer (10-1, PBRA) who is putting together quite the list of bucked off riders.
No. 4 ranked Brady Fielder will go up against Aces & Eights (0-1, PBRA) in Section 3 while Cody Heffernan will be hoping to become the first to record a qualified ride on Wild Paint (3-0, PBR). Wild Paint recorded a solid 43.5 point bull score in his 4.17-second dispatch of Aaron Kleier in Marrabel just a few weeks back.
In Section 4 we will see Bailey Woodard taking on one of the riders favourite bull, Hot Dots (8-6, PBRA). In the last six months, Hot Dots has carried four of his five cowboys to top-4 round finishes including two round wins.
Last weekend’s Shepparton Event Champion Cliff Richardson will take on Earth Bound (11-5, PBRA) with Sam Woodard closing out the long round against SweetPros Mystery who combined with Flávio Vinícius da Silva for an 87-point, round winning ride last weekend in his PBR debut out.
Check out the PBR Australia Website on Saturday morning for more in-depth analysis of Round 1 matchups in this week’s edition of The Morning Line.
Championship Round Pen
I am not entirely sure what is happening with this weekend’s draw and I apologise for this part of the preview being incomplete. The Championship Round has not been published on the PBR Australia Website, and many of the short-go bulls from Shepparton appear in the Bendigo long round.
If the draw is completed later this afternoon I may be able to update this section by tomorrow morning; however, my day job will likely get in the way of this happening.
I will endeavour to get some predictions up tomorrow so stay tuned to Ride the Rage for my 2019 Bendigo Invitational Late Mail after lunchtime on Saturday.