Papenhuyzen got his taste of Central and North Queensland greyhound racing through prominent greyhound owner and breeder George Farrugia.
The bitch was purchased through the National Greyhound Draft at Sandown.
Farrugia met the NRL speedster some time ago and the 25-year-old told him he was keen to get involved in a dog and shortly after Phantom Star was in the works.
“There is about 15-20 people in her, including Ryan,” Farrugia said.
“I keep Ryan up to date with what’s going on and he gets all the messages about the dog, we have spoken about it a few times.
“Ryan said to me that he wanted to get involved in a dog and I think there is some of his family members in this dog, as well.”
Papenhuyzen is entrenched in the code and was an ambassador for Greyhound Racing NSW through the Million Dollar Chase earlier this year, which was won by Queensland star Jay Is Jay.
As well as his rugby league pursuits, Papenhuyzen has long been involved with the greyhound industry.
“I actually had a greyhound race in Townsville [on Tuesday night] race for $2,500,” Papenhuyzen was quoted as saying earlier this year at the launch of the MDC series.