LAS VEGAS ― Quite a few matchups look good for the riders on Saturday night. Seven guys made it out of this round here last year and we should see at least that many tonight.
Stormy Wing on 378 Oklahoma Bell:
This bull made his debut in Des Moines, Iowa, and just about everyone in the bull riding world had already heard about him. He’s supposed to be nearly as good as the best bulls in the PBR. However, he hasn’t shown it yet. Silvano Alves took him 6.89 seconds in Des Moines and Joao Ricardo Vieira rode him in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a week later for 87.5 points. His performance on the Built Ford Tough Series so far indicates he’s rideable, and Wing has a shot at a good score.
Mike Lee on W3 Crazy Action:
Crazy Action has been ridden in each of his last two outs. He’s also been ridden by three of the six left-handed riders he’s faced, but this won’t be a cake walk for Lee. This bull is strong and doesn’t rely solely on spinning to get riders on the ground. He’s a little unpredictable, as well.
Renato Nunes scores 89.25 points on Crazy Action in Round 2 of the Table Mountain Casino Invitational in Fresno, Calif.
Silvano Alves on 818 Bulletproof:
Although Bulletproof is unridden in nine career outs, he may be a better fit for Alves than the bull he had last night. Alves had Maverick on Friday night – a quick bull with a lot of tricks. This bull is bigger, more methodical, and while he’s strong, Alves can handle strong bulls. Bulls that are out of line give him more trouble.
Jordan Hupp on 706C Tarentino:
Hupp has a good shot at getting a second qualified ride here. Tarentino has been pretty nice to right-handed riders. He typically spins to the right, but he’s capable of switching it up. He’s been ridden five times in just 11 Built Ford Tough Series outs.
Marco Eguchi on 910 Wreck it Ralph:
Stormy Wing rode Wreck it Ralph last week in Colorado Springs and the went to the right with Wing. Eguchi should be able to handle him easily if he has the same trip Saturday.
Markus Mariluch on 701 Shepherd Hills Stockman:
This is possibly the sweetest draw in the PBR right now. Shepherd Hills Stockman has been ridden six times this season, each time in upwards of 88 points. He goes to the right and has been ridden more often by right-handed riders. Stockman has been ridden 11 times overall; six of those being for round wins. Mariluch is having a good season so far. He’s well above his career riding percentage and finished in the Top 5 last week in Colorado Springs.
Joao Ricardo Vieira puts up 90.75 points on Shepherd Hills Stockman in the 2014 BFTS 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Guilherme Marchi on 085 Past Time:
Marchi should be favored in this matchup. Past Time likes to go to the right. The issue with him is that he likes to go to the right too soon and can get tangled up in the chute or the fence at times. I’m not sure of Marchi’s injury status, but if he’s good to go he should be able to handle this bull.
Joseph McConnel on 927 Air Time:
McConnel won last night’s round and lady luck has given him a bull upgrade for tonight. Air Time is the bull that manhandled Justin McBride at THE AMERICAN in Arlington, Texas, in March. Renato Nunes rode him in Phoenix for 92.5 points. This bull has a lot of action and a lot of speed. He’s a real handful. If McConnel can get a score on him, it will likely be another round win.
Kasey Hayes on 915 Houla Hoop:
Brant Atwood had this bull on Friday night and was fouled coming out of the chute. Hayes had him in Fresno, California, earlier this year and came down in 3.83 seconds, but by the numbers this is one of the more rideable bulls in this round.
J.B. Mauney on 847 Western Hauler:
Mauney has certainly been off his game recently. He’s managed just one qualified ride in the past four events he’s been to. This is a bull he should be able to handle. Western Hauler is a hard working bull. He gets in a lot of jumps in eight seconds time. He likes to spin to the left, which gives Mauney the advantage, but his relentless pace and his tendency to unexpectedly reverse the spin evens the odds somewhat.
Chase Outlaw puts up 90.75 points on Western Hauler in Round 2 of the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
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