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Guntantes wows on debut

By Isaac Murphy

A new star was born in the Cory Johnstone 50th Anniversary QTIS Gelding stakes with the Robert Heathcote trained Guntantes announcing himself as a two-year-old to be reckoned with.

Fairly away Jockey Dale Smith soon took the odds on pop to the front controlling the race for a comforable three length win.

Heathcote said he was chuffed with the result espcially given the stables special relationship with the horse.

"Her mother passed away in February (Cantantes), so to breed him ourselves and have my wife in the ownership it's fantastic," Heathcote said.

"He was a natural galloper from the start and I could tell he was ready to go today when I had him in the stalls."

"We'll probably looks to find him a couple more QTIS races before exploring our options."

Jockey Dale Smith who has built a strong association with the horse through jumpouts and trials said he had a huge opinion of the galloper.

"I've ridden some of the best two-year-olds in Melbourne and he's right up there with them," Smith said

"He came out last in his first jumpout, but was much better today once I balanced him up he was very professional."

"He'll only improve on what he did today, I'm just glad I'm on him.