Jungle Deuce Ready To Rumble In Phoenix

IF Jungle Deuce is successful in securing a berth in The TAB Phoenix trainer Jack Smith has pledged his hometown of Forbes will watch on in good spirits.

Adam Dobbin

26 November 2021

IF Jungle Deuce is successful in securing a berth in The TAB Phoenix trainer Jack Smith has pledged his hometown of Forbes will watch on in good spirits.

“We’ve told the publican at the Forbes Inn that happy hour is on us,” Smith declared.

“But they’ll have to vote to get us in first. There’s 8,000 people in Forbes so that’s a start but we’ll need more support than that.

“I can tell people out there that he’ll do the competition winner proud. He’s already won at The Meadows and is a very smart greyhound.”

Two-time group winner Jungle Deuce is one of 10 greyhounds vying for Greyhound Racing NSW’s coveted spot as “The People’s Pup” in the $1.145m The Phoenix at The Meadows on December 18.

Which greyhound takes their place in the $750,000-to-the-winner showpiece is up to The Daily Telegraph readers with one lucky competition winner in line for up to $50,000 in prizes.

Jungle Deuce winning the Flying Amy at Albion Park


And while Jungle Deuce – a younger half-brother to popular WA greyhound Tommy Shelby has a sizable fan base of his own – Smith can’t help but think what might have been had his superstar sprinter Feral Franky still been racing.

“He’d have received a pretty decent response to something like this wouldn’t have he?” Smith said.

“Everywhere he went he had a big following and he generated a lot of positive media for the sport while he was racing.

“But whatever the result of the competition I’m sure the greyhound that wins will do it proud. We don’t have the social media presence of some of the others but we’re doing our best.

“I know we’ve got a few votes from my wife Maree’s hairdresser so that’s a start!”


Sports fans planning to pin their faith in Jungle Deuce for The Phoenix will get a chance to see the 17-time winner go through his paces at Dubbo this Saturday night.

“They get a big crowd to Dubbo so we’ll have to get them voting before they leave,” Smith quipped.

“And if we get the spot even if he runs unplaced we’ll still donate $5,000 to a charity of the competition winner’s choice.”