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O.P. « 2018-Sep-30, 08:21 PM »
Harness racing trainer driver and part time journalist Denis Smith whose writings are published weekly in the Queensland Times and reproduced by my good self in the Trot Tactics thread had this to say about the subject of this story "Hollywood " John McMullen who passed away recently a few days short of his 82nd birthday....

 "Hollywood" John McMullen had a huge impact on on Brisbane harness. He was an active exporter of horses to the United States, taking stock to the major tracks and racing them successfully there before selling on at a good price. Here in the sunshine State he campaigned such good ones as Viking Reign, Alba Wings (Qld Derby), Toliver Bye Bye, the list goes on. Perhaps his most significant performer here was The Aircraft, dominant from the "ten across the front" mobile start format on the new 1000 metre Albion Park track in the mid 80's. Often rated unbeatable, his supporters pounded the bookmakers unmercifully causing many to abandon the trots as a venue. A memorable quote from John McMullen, which perhaps indicated his personal view on punting, was, "First prize to the pay-up fee is the best odds on any racecourse". As the accepted pay-up fee at that time was 1/2% of first money the odds were 199 to 1 !! His personal stats as a trainer tell it all. Starters 4952..winners 734 placings 1261 for earnings of $2,386,973. No slouch as a driver either, his efforts producing 509 wins and 789 placings, the bank $1,551,892.. 

Local author Pat Ritter published a book in 2001 on John McMullen's life.......the book is told in the first person from leaving school before the state scholarship exam and working at low level jobs, living in a horse stall on Ipswich showgrounds where he drove his first winner Queen Caroline..... earning a living the hard way competing  in rodeos working as a ringer.... bull dogging out west ......competing in foot races and in the boxing ring ...... he fought Kenny Marshall who I knew well...Ken went to the Olympic Games and fought Cassius Clay ..... no disgrace to be beaten by him .....there are lots of interesting stories like going halves with Ron wanless in a pacer driving it from Wanless's yard at Coopers Plains to Rocklea to race and back again on the roads possibly in the dark..... finally settling down and raising a family a life of achievement all recorded for posterity ....... the book is available from Pat Ritter in hard copy or in ebook .......well worth reading.....a memorable life ...with tributes from some of his friends and associates...recorded while Mulley was still living.

Some extracts from the book :-
Carpentry didn’t agree and aged 16 I quit my apprenticeship and took job droving cattle from Ipswich to Beaudesert. Churchill saleyards outside Ipswich held a weekly cattle sale. Stuey Wilson was a drover at the saleyards. Working cattle with Stuey gave me the grounding for my future with cattle and horses. Stuey rode his horse everywhere.
He wanted to give up droving, so I took over his job droving cattle from Churchill Saleyards over the mountains to Beaudesert. Each week I drove about 100 head of cattle from Ipswich to Beaudesert.
One day I was working at the saleyards when a well-dressed gentleman came up to speak with me, he’d heard I was a good show jumping rider. To my surprise he was George Riser of Riser and Grace, they were the King and Queen of Show Jumping in Australia and wanted me to be their rider in the show circuit.
The show circuit started at Killarney, a town in southern Queensland, in January travelling throughout the South Burnett area returning to Ipswich in May of the same year. My job was to ride their show jumpers and equestrian events under classes. George Riser and Girlie Grace lived in the back of their truck and I lived in my swag underneath the tailgate of their truck. If there were a vacant horse stall at a showground I’d stay in the horse stall.
Travelling around the show circuit was exciting, each place different, meeting people, seeing people train their horses differently. When we were travelling South Burnett Shows I met Aub Kennaway who had four trotting horses, Queen Caroline, Flying Pete, Togo Prince, and another horse; I can’t remember its name. Aub asked me if I wanted to jog his horses in a gig. Immediately I took a liking to it. ‘When we get to Ipswich Show I’ll give you a drive in a race’. He promised.



Pat Ritter can be contacted on his website......http://www.patritter.com.au
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« 2018-Sep-30, 08:39 PM Reply #1 »
What is this crap!

Isn't Hollywood George Edser the brand!

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« 2018-Sep-30, 08:46 PM Reply #2 »
You'll have to buy the book to  find out how he got the name...I know how Edser got his.




Front Cover "Hollywood" John McMullen with Summer Holiday after winning in the USA with son Chris strapping.

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« 2018-Oct-01, 08:17 PM Reply #3 »
... he fought Kenny Marshall who I knew well...Ken went to the Olympic Games and fought Cassius Clay ..... no disgrace to be beaten by him ...

Incorrect ,Cassius Clay only competed in the 1960 Olympics in Rome , and the only Australian he fought was Tony Madigan

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« 2018-Oct-01, 09:02 PM Reply #4 »
... he fought Kenny Marshall who I knew well...Ken went to the Olympic Games and fought Cassius Clay ..... no disgrace to be beaten by him ...

Incorrect ,Cassius Clay only competed in the 1960 Olympics in Rome , and the only Australian he fought was Tony Madigan

It was a long time ago and I was under the impression that Kenny Marshall represented Australia in Rome and came up against Cassius Clay but I must be mistaken seeing you are confident it was Tony Madigan . :shy:

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« 2018-Oct-01, 09:18 PM Reply #5 »
It was

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« 2018-Oct-02, 08:22 AM Reply #6 »
Tony Madigan actually fought Ali (as Clay) twice in his career.


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« 2018-Oct-04, 05:56 PM Reply #7 »
’Hollywood’ knew how to put on a show

THE harness racing industry was saddened by the recent passing of well-known reinsman John “Hollywood” McMullen.

McMullen (pictured) was involved in harness racing as early as the 1950s where he drove in show races. He owned a number of outstanding pacers and gave them to trainers such as Sam Zammit, Alby Pratt, Col Dudley, Lee Kingston and Kevin Thomas, and would drive them on race day.

 

In the 1970 and ‘80s he turned his focus to training and exporting horses, and soon after became a leading trainer/ driver at Albion Park. He was nicknamed “Hollywood” due to his large number of US expeditions, where he exported more than 100 horses. Some of the best horses he owned were Sugar Cane, The Aircraft, Alba Wings, Toughkenamon, Alpha Aqua, Toliver Bye Bye, Woofer Karamea and Rameses. McMullen played a part in improving the Queensland breeding industry by importing stallions and standing them at stud, including the great Viking Fury. Viking Reign, Monty Reign, Maker Reign, Spirit of Reign and Viking Beachgirl are some of the best horses he bred.

Sons John Jr and Chris followed in his footsteps and have built strong reputations within harness racing, while his grandchildren Peter, Narissa, Dannielle and Taleah all drive.
Although he will be sadly missed within the industry, his legacy will live on.

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« 2019-Feb-25, 11:42 PM Reply #8 »
not summer holiday its frosty jim  Ii think long time ago
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« 2019-Feb-25, 11:57 PM Reply #9 »
John mcmullen fought and lost to ken marshal who was then rep for AUS .  BUT                                                                                                                                                                                     
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Madigan was stunned to find that to get the chance of a rematch with Ali in Rome, he had to face a stern opponent from outside the ring: The Queensland Boxing and Wrestling Union. The Australian selectors had already chosen a Queenslander, Ken Marshall, to fight in the light-heavyweight division at the Olympics, based on the assumption Madigan was not available and would not be returning home to stake a claim for inclusion in the Rome team. Some Australian boxing officials had other ideas, however, believing Madigan was a distinct gold medal chance and should be convinced to return to Australia. Faced with this prospect, the QBWU took desperate action. As Madigan had been registered as a Queensland-based fighter when he was last in Australia, in 1957, the QBWU felt it had the last say on his eligibility. And it declared Madigan was not only residentially unqualified to represent the country, but that his modelling career – for which he’d used images of himself in boxing garb - had violated his amateur status. Even US sports columnists got in on the act, lampooning the QBWU’s stand as taking the definition of amateurism in sport to a ridiculous degree. Sanity eventually prevailed. Madigan arrived in Sydney in late May and nine days later fought Marshall, on June 6 in Sydney, making mincemeat of him. Afterwards, Madigan expressed his sympathy for Marshall, saying officials had placed the Queensland boxer in a humiliating position. Yet Madigan’s return bout with Ali in Rome had come close to being jettisoned by an overzealous, narrow-minded committee of faceless men.

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« 2019-Feb-26, 12:03 AM Reply #10 »
That sulky was made of titanium +wood shaft fibreglass seat you could pick it up with 2 fingers gagliardi didn't like it said we could have it


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