After spending a few days pouring through what appears to be a very even draw for tonight’s 2019 Traralgon Invitational, it seems almost impossible to pick a winner on the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour this week.
I think I will take the safe route and stick with a few of the veteran cowboys who have been on fire throughout the last two months of competition.
Cody Heffernan is the obvious pick after dominating the past three PBR Australia events. He faces Broken Halo from Throsby and Russell Bucking Bull in Round 1 and is gunning for seven-straight qualified rides.
As I mentioned in this week’s edition of The Morning Line on PBRAustralia.com.au, Broken Halo is no pushover. He is a smart bull who adjusts his performance to counteract the rider. A ride score in the mid-to-high 80 point range is possible if Heffernan can make the whistle.
A qualified ride on this bull set Heffernan up nicely and will give himself an excellent chance to make it four event wins on the trot.
Cliff Richardson is another veteran who has drawn well this week and will be looking to bookend PBR Australia’s early season Victorian run after taking the win in Shepparton last month. He has drawn Class Act from Woodall Rodeo Company. On paper, these two match up very well with the bull expected to turn back into Richardson’s hand.
One rider we expect to bounce back is Lachlan Richardson. Richardson bucked off his first bull in four PBR events last weekend in Yass after covering nine-straight. He has drawn a relativity unsighted bull from TnR Bucking Bulls named McCrackin, but it will take some strong moves to unseat Richardson for the second straight weekend.
I will add in Fraser Babbington who looks well placed to record a strong finish in his return from injury. The kiwi seems to have drawn well, with Chain Reaction from Woodall Rodeo Company expected to set a nice tempo away from Babbington’s hand.
Brazilian Robinson Guedes is another cowboy that has drawn a suitable opponent in Round 1. He rounds out my top-5 and will face Snitch from TnR Bucking Bulls who matches up well with right-handed riders.
I hope you all enjoy the event and try to stay warm if you are heading to the event!
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to provide my regular live coverage tonight, but I will have a full wrap up of the 2019 Traralgon Invitational at RideTheRage tomorrow afternoon.