Due to the effect that COVID-19 has played during 2020, PBR Australia will not be awarding their annual Bucking Bull of the Year award for this season.
Instead, the bovines competing this weekend will vie it out to become the Champion Bucking Bull of the Grand Finals with the highest aggregate score across their two outs.
There are a bunch of rank buckers in the Grand Finals pen capable of posting outs worth 43.50 points or more, so I decided to come up with a simple criterion to determine the favourites to take out the award.
I decided to take the best performing bulls of the regular season and calculate the average bull score of their best four trips. If this figure came in at 43.75 points or more, I think we can safely say that they have the goods to win.
Let’s start with the 2019 PBR Australia Champion Bucking Bull of the Year, POA Fully Locked & Loaded from Dittmann Bucking Bulls. If this award was contested at the Grand Finals last season, he would have won the buckle with his 44 and 44.5-point trips.
So far in the 2020 season, POA Fully Locked & Loaded’s best four trips averaged out at 43.88 points with his best mark of 44.5 points awarded at Bundaberg last month with Michael Smith aboard for 5.88 seconds. Just last weekend in Airlie Beach, we saw him carry Aaron Kleier to victory with a massive 89-point ride.
Last year’s Champion Rookie Bull Black Tuxedo came in with the highest 4-out average of 43.94 points. This bucker from Wallace Bucking Bulls heads to Townsville in super form after delivering a 44.5-point performance in 5.91-seconds at Airlie Beach last weekend with Sam Woodall aboard.
The last two cowboys to record qualified rides aboard Black Tuxedo were Jackson Gray and Kurt Shephard, and both cowboys ended up in the winner’s circle at those events in Bundaberg and Mackay respectively.
Dittmann Bucking Bulls have another outstanding bull on their hands with Cattle King Boogers Beach. This unridden bucker would most likely be the front runner in the Rookie Bull race for this season with his best four scores averaging 43.88 points.
Cattle King Boogers Beach has left seven riders in his wake so far including Aaron Kleier, Lachlan Richardson and Brady Fielder. In his short PBR Australia career, the clock has stopped at an average of 3.85 seconds.
Wallace Bucking Bulls debuted a couple of very impressive bulls late this season with Razor Sharp and Pretty Boy both sitting on the 43.75-point average.
Razor Sharp has had seven trips in his first PBR Australia campaign, and all riders have hit the dirt early with the clock stopping at an average of 2.73-seconds. His best score so far is 44 points, and he has posted that mark twice.
Pretty Boy has only had the two trips so far in his short career, but with an average of 43.75 points, he could be a dark horse to take the win. On debut in Toowoomba, he was marked 44.5 points in 3.14 seconds against Cody Heffernan, and he was again solid last weekend at Airlie Beach, marked 43-points with Beau Willis aboard for 2.28 seconds.
I am super excited for this battle between Queensland’s best Stock Contractors and their bulls, and I can’t wait to watch it play out on what will be a perfect surface inside the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre on Friday and Saturday night.
Stay tuned to Ride The Rage for live coverage of the Grand Finals and check back for a full wrap up of the weekend’s action early next week!