The Hump comes up trumps over Mara
PBR: The Hump is a bull that simply has the measure of cowboy Jason Mara.
Five times Mara has tried to conquer the big beast and five times, he has been thrown off short.
The perplexed Central Queensland rider said he doesn't know what it is about The Hump.
On Saturday night, Mara finished second at the Gladstone PBR, with his failure on The Hump handing young gun Braydon Wellby the spoils.
"He is just a bit too good for me I think. I don't know what it is with him,” the 30-year-old said.
"He just bucks really hard. He is a big bull and looks slow, but he has the strength to get up real high. I was a little tired, having just got off Barn Yard.
"But he is a smart bull and has been around for four years or so. I can't seem to get it right on him.”
By his own admission, Mara said he fluked it into the championship round. He bizarrely only rode one of his four bulls on the night and limped in on time alone.
"The night probably didn't go to play. To only get one from four rode and finish second, I am definitely still happy with it all,” he laughed.
"Definitely not complaining.”
His night began solidly but agonisingly short with an 7.39 second effort on War Path and a 7.87 seconds on Cutting Loose.
He conquered Barn Yard in the final but came unstuck on The Hump after just 3.53 seconds.
He is off to Atherton next weekend looking to continue his form. He took his hat off to Wellby.
"He has been a talented young lad, been coming through the scene for a while now,” the Cloncurry Pocket Rocket said.
"It was only a matter of time as he can definitely ride bulls. He just did his job better than anyone else.
"Rode his bulls perfect and that's what you get.
"Looking forward to Atherton, hopefully keep on going, the prize money is always nice.”