Morning Line - 2016 World Finals Round 5
With the bulls that are on hand for Round 5 and the short go, this should be an epic day of bull riding. Many good matchups are already set, and this group of bulls is easily the best single-day lineup of the year, as it should be.
The World Championship race has been controlled by Kaique Pacheco so far, but Ty Pozzobon, Ryan Dirteater and Guilherme Marchi are helping him by holding Mauney and Davis at 4th and 5th in the aggregate. What happens today with those three riders directly affects the Top 3 in the world standings.
Silvano Alves on Y4 Wired Child:
This is a rematch from Thackerville, Oklahoma, where Alves lost the battle, but hung in for 7.87 seconds. Last night we saw what looked like the Silvano Alves of 2011-2012. Wired Child was the top bull in Round 3 with a 45-point bull score. This combination of bull and rider could yield a round win, and Alves could end up placing well in the average. Every rider who places above Mauney and Davis in the round and the average takes away points that those two riders desperately need in the title race.
Chase Outlaw on 922 Modified Clyde:
This will be the seventh match between these two, and Outlaw has won just two of those. Outlaw is 2-for-4 here, and won the first round. He won the BlueDEF Finals last week as well, so he’s had a good run in Vegas. He could start the final day off right by getting a score on Modified Clyde to move him into the short round in good shape.
Cooper Davis on 125 Catfish John:
Davis rode Catfish John for 88 points in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, this year and he really needs a score here. Both Mauney and Pacheco have very difficult bulls, and Davis could end up in great shape if they both falter in this round.
Guilherme Marchi on 1327 Who Dey:
Just because Who Dey goes to the right doesn’t mean he’s a day off for right-handed riders. Marchi has his work cut out for him here. He has bucked off Who Dey before, as have many others. Who Dey has world class speed, and if Marchi doesn’t get in time in the first second this could get ugly. If he can find the right spot, this could be a big ride.
J.B. Mauney on 927 Air Time:
Air Time didn’t have his best outing in Round 2, and that’s why he is in this round and not in the short go. He’s beaten Mauney three times in three meetings, and this is something of a grudge match. Mauney will dominate if Air Time takes the day off again, but if he shows his stuff Mauney will be a slight underdog. This bull has the talent to throw any rider any time, and Mauney is no exception. This is the kind of matchup you expect to see on Championship Sunday, and this is the kind of move you expect Mauney to make. He’s going all in here, and it could pay off with a third title for him.
Ty Pozzobon on 08 Margy Time:
Pozzobon is in the lead, but this bull could turn out to be a spoiler for him. J.B. Mauney rode Margy Time for 87 points in Round 2, but the bull mostly jumped and kicked in one spot. If he does that again today, Pozzobon will ride him easily. When he doesn’t have that kind of trip he can be strong and very hard to ride.
Kaique Pacheco on 841 Wicked:
Pacheco looks like a man on a mission, and he isn’t giving ground in the World Championship race. He’s been on Wicked twice before and rode him once for 89.75 points. We saw Rubens Barbosa make an outstanding ride on Wicked in Round 2 on Thursday. Pacheco came off Pearl Harbor in round two, and that fraction of a second is the only thing that’s kept him from absolutely dominating this event. He’s riding like a World Champion, and he’s two bulls away from claiming it.
Ryan Dirteater on 819 Minion Stuart:
Marco Eguchi rode Minion Stuart for 87.5 points in Round 3. Of all the guys near the top of the event standings, Dirteater has the easiest bull. This is a rematch from the exact same round of last year’s World Finals where Dirteater scored 86.5 points on this bull.
Gage Gay on 1037 Cooper Tires Brown Sugar:
This is another pair that are quite familiar with each other. Gay is 2-for-4 on Brown Sugar, and they last met here in Las Vegas at Last Cowboy Standing back in May. Gay scored 87.25 points then. This has been a week of missed opportunities for Gay, and he could make up for some of that in Round 5.
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