Grafton bull rider Sonny Gray, 20 has a go at riding Hot Shot at the Grafton Show.
Grafton bull rider Sonny Gray, 20 has a go at riding Hot Shot at the Grafton Show. Adam Hourigan

Mayor fails to be a hot shot

HOT SHOT the wild bucking bull might have stared down the Mayor (Richie Williamson) but 20-year-old Sonny Gray did get on, if only for a matter of seconds.

"I didn't do any good he bucked me off," Mr Gray said. "He is really bloody mad".

The Ulmarra rider got out of the stalls on Saturday night but didn't last much longer than a couple of seconds in the saddle.

The Mayor on the other hand was no where to be seen when Hot Shot was ready to ride, despite being offered $10,000 for charity if he could stay the distance.

"It just didn't eventuate. Hot Shot eventuated, but not with me on him," Cr Williamson said.

"Things changed when I had a close-hand look at him. My doctor said he'd declare me mad if I got on."

Mr Gray, however, was keen to have another crack at Hot Shot if the chance ever came up. The next time he would be a bit more prepared for the encounter, he said.

If anything the fearsome reputation of the 800 kilogram bull fired up Mr Gray, who stood to pocket $600 if he could stay on.



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