Heathcote Looks To Another Gun 2yo

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Another chapter in one of the longest running success stories in racing will be written when two-year-old makes his debut at .

Guntantes is the second-last foal of the prolific producer and it isn't a surprising leading trainer has a soft spot for the late mare.

Cantantes won two races for Heathcote in the late 1990s and has continued to make her mark as a broodmare.

Her daughter won six races for Heathcote including the Group Two and her son won 12 races, three times at stakes level.

Cantantes has also produced a string of other winners including Notre Amour, Khaaptentes, Brilliantes, Kingtantes, Remembering Frank and Alle .

In all, her progeny have won 40 races and about $1.1 million prize money.

Cantantes died in February and her last foal is a filly by Rothesay.

Guntantes will contest the first two-year-old colts and geldings race of the Brisbane season over 1050m at Doomben on Saturday and Heathcote is excited about his prospects after a winning barrier trial.

“We lost Cantantes earlier this year and she might have left us something a bit special,” Heathcote said..

“His trial win at Doomben two weeks ago was very good and he looks a ready made two-year-old.

“Everyone says it but it is true and you do have to be cautious when talking about two-year-olds but I am looking forward to Saturday.”

As is the case with all of Cantantes' progeny, Guntantes is raced by Heathcote's wife Vicky.

She races Guntantes in partnership with Heathcote's long-time owners Bruce Harry and Rob Ciobo who have been in many of his top horses including the champion .

“We have the weanling filly out of Cantantes so the story isn't finished just yet, just drawing to a close,” Heathcote said.

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