BULL WHISPERER: Stock contractor Brian Duggan with Maneater, a bull that lives up to his fearsome name.
BULL WHISPERER: Stock contractor Brian Duggan with Maneater, a bull that lives up to his fearsome name. Chris Ison

Hopes on cantankerous Maneater

BRIAN Duggan loves his bulls, but this weekend he is pinning his hopes on the one with the affectionate name of Maneater.

Weighing in at just under a tonne, this cantankerous bovine has sent some of the best cowboys around hurtling through the air after very few seconds in what was meant to be an eight-second journey.

This weekend Maneater is seeking to win a title for Duggan at the CRCA (Central Region Cowboys Association) Finals at Gracemere’s Austadium.

Maneater has been nominated for the CRCA Bull of the Year, the ultimate accolade for bucking bovines of the rodeo scene.

Should he win there will be few to doubt the bull’s credentials as he has performed at 11 rodeos and only been ridden the once, and that was by former Australian number one Dave Kennedy for a score of 90.5 points at a show at Townsville.

Some other big names of the sport have tried, but been reduced to an undignified heap in the arena dust.

Ben Seeds and Matt Postle, two of the best on the national scene, failed while an international competitor of the quality of Colt Donaldson, a star from the American circuit, could not leave the scene unaided after being discarded by Maneater.

“As a young bull, Maneater was really hot (savage),” Duggan said.

“It took him 12 months just to settle down.”

By settling down Duggan is not talking about the domestication of the beast, but smartening up with his bucking to add to a cowboy’s nightmare.

Judging of the top bull of the year could not be in better hands as the top cowboys from the region all have their say on which bull will be the winner.

With some other good bulls from the main contractors nominated, it is no certainty that Maneater will gain the nod.

However, Duggan knows what it is like to own a champion as one of his favourites, Junk Yard Dog, earned the Top Bull accolade in 2007.

Bull of the Year is not the only title that is too close to call.

Duggan said the Saddle Bronc is just one of the disciplines that will go down to the wire with both Scott Burgess and Dale Bougoure up for the buckle.

Roy Dunn is favoured to take the Open Bull Ride and he is in top form after scoring a 90-point ride at Nebo recently and has earned himself a reasonable points lead.

In the Bareback section Brett Cross is unlikely to be headed as he has built a healthy lead in that division.

Action begins tomorrow evening.



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