Gold Bullion Glory For Unstoppable Jungle Deuce

JUNGLE Deuce has cemented his standing as Australia’s premier greyhound with a thumping victory in Thursday night’s G1 Gold Bullion at Albion Park.

Adam Dobbin

4 February 2022

JUNGLE Deuce has cemented his standing as Australia’s premier greyhound with a thumping victory in Thursday night’s Group 1 Gold Bullion (520m) at Albion Park.

They say winning is a habit and when it comes to the Jack Smith-trained son of Barcia Bale truer words have never been spoken.

Racing in rarefied air, Jungle Deuce’s Gold Bullion triumph extended his winning streak to seven which now includes two group 1s following his recent Paws Of Thunder success at Wentworth Park.

The win in the $200,000-to-the-winner final also maintained Jungle Deuce’s unblemished Albion Park record which now reads seven from seven and includes wins in the Group 2 Flying Amy Classic, Group 2 Golden Sands, Listed State of Origin Match Race and now the Group 1 Gold Bullion.

If there’s a current King of Albion Park it’s unquestionably “The Deuce”.

“He’s racing in the kind of form you can only dream of,” Jack Smith said post race.

“It’s hard to describe just how good a dog he is and what he means to us and the owners. He didn’t have it all his own way tonight but he just found a way.

“That’s his best attribute. He doesn’t know when he’s beaten.”

Now a winner at 25 of 41 career starts with stake earnings upwards of $650,000, Jungle Deuce recorded a flying 29.71 in securing the Gold Bullion.

The time was nothing short of remarkable given the slow and heavy track conditions after Albion Park was the subject of significant rain in the lead up to the Group 1 blockbuster.

And while the performance of Jungle Deuce was what we’ve come to expect, the effort of runner-up Kooringa Lucy was also out of this world.

Winner of the recent Group 3 Golden Ticket to book her place in the final, Kooringa Lucy ran the race of her life for Mitch Northfield to finish just 1 ½ lengths away from the winner at the finish.

Finishing third was early leader Louis Rumble, running yet another fantastic race for Steve Kavanagh.

The Jungle Deuce juggernaut will now roll into Melbourne with the stud dog in waiting a guaranteed runner in Saturday week’s Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m) at The Meadows.

If successful it will be a remarkable seventh group race victory for Jungle Deuce which will then be targeted at the Group 1 Australian Cup where he’ll look to emulate the deeds of his older half-brother Tommy Shelby, winner of the race last year.