Cross ready to take on big bucker at year's last full rodeo
THE last full rodeo of the year, the Beef City Rodeo, gets underway tonight at 7pm at the Great Western Hotel.
And fittingly, it has attracted some big names.
Jill Lyons looks good in the breakaway roping.
Shane Iker's team is also a strong chance leading his team in the team roping.
In the bull riding, Ben Seeds will be on Get it Done and Jay Borghero has drawn Concho.
But it is Brett Cross who is all smiles heading into tonight's event, after drawing El Toro Loco.
Cross rode El Toro Loco well on New Year's and narrowly missed an eight-second ride.
This time, he is confident he can.
"El Toro Loco is a very handy bull," Cross said.
"He is a real good bull to get on.
"I nearly rode him on New Year's.
"He just bucked me there right at the end and then he ran over the top of me.
"But I am glad to draw him again.
"I reckon this time round I can go one better and stay on him for the full ride.
"He always jumps out and then back every time so you know what he is going to do.
"I am pretty confident I'll ride him this time.
"He only just got me last time."
Helping Cross's confidence is his recent form in practice.
"I've been riding pretty well at practice nights at the Great Western," Cross said.
"So, going into tonight my form is good.
"It's going to be a great night tonight, plenty of action for the fans and some pretty handy bulls."