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Saturday, April 15 2017

The frustrating run of bad luck that plagued Awapuni galloper Wills Road during his last campaign looks to be a thing of the past as the talented six-year-old notched the third win from his last four starts in emphatic fashion at Hastings on Saturday.

Wills Road  - Race Images Palmerston North

The powerfully built Elusive City gelding looked to have enormous potential when he burst on the scene during the 2014 Hawke's Bay Spring Carnival. He finished that campaign with 3 wins from 10 starts and looked to be on his way to the elite level.

However, trainer Jeff Lynds and the horse's connections have had to endure a frustrating 16-month spell that saw the gelding go winless until he finally broke through at Trentham in January. A further two wins from three starts has Lynds believing his charge is now positioned to finally fulfil his true potential.

"He took a while to fully strengthen up and that probably contributed to a few patchy efforts," he acknowledged.

"In saying that he did have some terrible luck in his last campaign that didn't help the situation. He ran several placings and was pretty much all around it but just couldn't get a win.

"I think he took a lot of confidence out of the Trentham win and he has gone on with the job from there."

Lynds isn't confident Wills Road can handle the deep winter tracks so is eyeing a start at Riccarton on 6 May before sending him for a deserved winter spell.

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