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Stanwell rider looks the firm favourite for Warwick bull ride

FAVOURITE: Stanwell rider Jared Borghero is ready for the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals.
FAVOURITE: Stanwell rider Jared Borghero is ready for the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals. Dave Ethell/ww.dephotos.com.au

RODEO: Only one thing is certain about the Warwick Rodeo Australian Professional Rodeo Association National Finals on October 26-29 at the Warwick Showgrounds - there will be a first-time bull ride champion.

The bull ride is the only event where no past APRA title winners have qualified for the finals.

Upper Horton bull rider Troy Wilkinson has previously won at Warwick but is currently competing in the United States and has withdrawn from the national finals in Warwick.

Stanwell bull rider Jared Borghero won the pro tour bull ride title in APRA from New South Wales bull rider Ben Thorp from Young. Borghero won at Mt Isa in 2016.

Cooyar (Qld) rider Jack McArthur was second in the final and third in the aggregate at Mt Isa this year and is ranked third just in front of Jake Whalan from Giru in North Queensland.

Heywood rider Sam Woodall from the Gippsland region in Victoria is ranked fifth going into the national finals after coming second in the aggregate at Mt Isa in August.

Sally Malay is originally from the Kimberleys in Western Australia but now calls Longreach home and goes into the national finals after a win in round 1 at Mt Isa this year with a score of 84 on Nearly Gotcha.

The other finalists in the bull ride are Hayden Tyrrell and Benjamin Gard (NSW), Guy Ford, Damien Herden, Jay Borghero, Michael Smith, Sam Champ and Lawson Nobbs (Qld) and Guy Goss (Tasmania).

Rounds of the Warwick Rodeo APRA National Finals start at 6pm Thursday, October 26 then 6pm on the Friday and Saturday and 2pm on the Sunday.

As well as the national finals, there will be second division and junior rodeo events at the Warwick Showgrounds on October 26-29.

While the rodeo action starts on the Thursday, there will be campdrafting each day of rodeo week starting October 23. Tickets available at the gate and on www.warwick showandrodeo.com.au.