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    NEXT month’s Tasbred series heads the list of targets for lightly-raced pacer Peaceful Thomas. Discussing his plans after the four-year-old’s success in Launceston last... Sires’ Stake next target for promising pacer

    NEXT month’s Tasbred series heads the list of targets for lightly-raced pacer Peaceful Thomas.

    Discussing his plans after the four-year-old’s success in Launceston last night, trainer Marc Butler has set Peaceful Thomas for the Raider Stake heats in a couple of weeks.

    Should all go as hoped the gelding will then take his place in the $50,000 Final in Devonport on June 23.

    “The Raider is what I am aiming him at,” Butler said. “When he does everything right I reckon he can be competitive with any of them.

    “He is still learning what it is all about but he’s coming along very nicely.”

    Driven by Ricky Duggan, Peaceful Thomas began quickly to lead from barrier two with the remainder of the 220-metre trip a formality.

    Never seriously challenged, the son of Sutter Hanover was untouched to complete a 20-metre victory from Sheza Bettormak, with Gaggle Coordinator 24-and-a-half metres away third.

    “I was very confident with him and once he got to the front I didn’t expect him to be run down,” Butler said.

    “He strode away from them quite easily which was pleasing to see and hit the line under a good hold.”

    Stretching his record to four wins and four placings from nine starts, Peaceful Thomas rated 2:00.5 over 2200 metres, with his time 3.2 seconds quicker than his stablemate Similan Beach later on the card.

    Also partnered by Duggan, Similan Beach was caught three-wide early from barrier seven before working his way to the lead.

    Allowed to dawdle through the middle stages the son of Somebeachsomewhere cruised to an effortless 22-and-a-half metre win from Gems, with Moonlite Bay four metres away third.

    “He’d had a couple of runs back from a freshen-up and was ready to win,” Butler said. “He’s building a good record of seven wins and six placings from 16 starts and shouldn’t have much trouble to keep going through the grades.

    “If he goes along as I think he should I will look at some of the better standing start races around Christmas/New Year as I reckon he can win a country cup or two.”

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