By Alex Nolan
Trainer Selena Zammit will be out to claim another Queensland staying feature with an interstate raider when Untapped exits box three in the Group 3 Super Stayers Invitational over 710 metres at Albion Park on Thursday.
Untapped arrives at the Willow Vale kennel as a recent all-the-way winner of the Group 1 Sandown Cup for trainer Dustin Drew and a large syndicate headed by prominent owner Ray Borda.
In winning the Sandown Cup, Untapped became the first National Greyhound Draft graduate to score at the highest level.
Her most recent effort was when third in a heat of the Pink Diamond Champion Distance series over 680 metres at Geelong, where she placed third behind Collinda Patty and Aston Velvet.
The Zammit kennel claimed the Group 3 Gold Cup with Perth chaser We The People over the summer carnival when she stormed from well back to take the $100,000 winners’ cheque.
Untapped ($4 with the TAB), however, is likely to be out in front for most of Thursday’s 710 metre contest where she’ll attempt to stave off quality chasers including Gypsy Wyong ($6), Zipping Kansas ($2.40) and last week’s Dashing Corsair winner Bedrock Fred ($3).
“I’m happy with where she’s drawn, not that I know a lot about her yet, but she’s probably a good chance of leading from there,” kennel representative Michael Zammit said.
“It is one of those races, but if you lead you’re a hope.”
Moments after winning the Sandown Cup, regular trainer Dustin Drew said Untapped had benefited from a trip to Perth earlier this year when in the care of trainer Steve Withers.
Zammit said he expects the bitch, by Aston Dee Bee out of Mepunga Fame, to take further improvement from Thursday’s outing.