Rocky man boots up for three in a row

By RACHAEL BORICH

ROCKHAMPTON bullrider Stuart Frame has a lot to gamble this weekend.

Not that you'd know looking at his composed and relaxed frame yesterday.

The 22-year-old will firstly step into the chutes for one ride at Taroom this afternoon, in an APRA (Australian Professional Rodeo Association) bullride, before jumping in the car for a three-hour drive back to Rockhampton's Great Western Hotel where he is chasing a third straight win in tonight's round five of the Extreme Superbull Series.

Another big performance at the Great Western should be enough for Frame to secure his place in the 13-man Australian bullriding team to compete against the US at the Townsville Entertainment Centre from August 12-14.

"I just need to get two rode and I should get in,'' Frame said.

Frame has drawn Freckles, from the Shane Iker stock, for his first ride and a Superbull newcomer from the Ross Beak stock for his second outing.

Frame has represented the Australian team for the past three years and doesn't want to miss out on the big atmosphere this year.

The prizemoney also comes in handy with $40,000 up for grabs on the Friday night followed by $30,000 on the Saturday.

While the big prize is perilously close Frame knows he still has to perform tonight.

"I was happy with the first win and I was surprised with the second win, but I had good bulls,'' Frame said.

"My mate (Matt Postle) is up me a bit to make the big three this weekend.''

While the pressure is on Frame is also a realist ? he knows this sport heavily relies on some good luck and a good draw.

Superbull Points ? 1. Kerry Mills (Rockhampton, 394.5 points); 2. Ben Seeds (Gracemere, 391.5); 3. Stuart Frame (Rockhampton, 346.5); 4. Bud Williamson (Ayr, 326); 5. Lee Hanrahan (Dysart, 325.5)



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