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    COMEBACK pacer Field Officer is expected to continue his way through the grades when he heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. In... Comeback pacer to continue climb

    COMEBACK pacer Field Officer is expected to continue his way through the grades when he heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    In what will be his fourth start back from a three-year absence, Field Officer has drawn barrier two for trainer Tim Butt.

    The son of Christian Cullen slots into the pole with the removal of the emergency, prompting Butt to believe Field Officer can lead throughout the 1609-metre trip.

    Previously trained in Queensland by Darren McCall, Field Officer was sidelined in July 2015 before returning under Butt’s guidance last month.

    The 10-year-old’s three starts have netted a win, a third and a fourth.

    “I don’t really know why he hadn’t raced for so long,” Butt said. “Something went amiss with him. I think it may have been feet problems.

    “Some clients decided to give him a try and worked him up a bit before sending him to me and he has done well since he got here.

    “He will be hard to beat as he has a good draw, follows speed well and has a good dash home. He’s going to be fitter again this time around.”

    With no major plans in mind for the veteran Butt will select suitable races for Field Officer in hope he can return to his best.

    Before his extended break the gelding contested majors such as the Queensland Pacing Championship, Ballarat Cup, Coca-Cola Sprint and Newcastle Mile.

    “He goes along well and should be able to win a few,” Butt said. “At the moment he will just race along and see where he ends up.”

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