It was reported in the Macleay Chronicle (Kempsey) of 5 August 1909 that
" The bloodhorse Rifleite was found
in his stable at the rear of Mr. Thomas
Dunn's residence, West Kempsey, on
Thursday morning last with one of his
hind legs broken, and he had to be
destroyed. The loss is a very severe
one to Mr. Dunn, as he only recently
purchased the horse from Mr. H. W. T.
Rifleite was by Carbine from
Ravenswing, and was very successful
at the stud, in his time siring many
winners, including Rifle King, Sir
Harry, Little Sister, Lady Rifleite,
Rifleman, Rifle Boy, Schultz, Lucy,
Flaugh-a-ballagh, Kempsey, Paddy, and
many others. Rifleite was insured in
the New Zealand Insurance Coy."
I guess this picture would have to be fairly early . I'm trying to work out how to preserve it or atleast get a copy made as I fear it wont last much longer.
As for the mysterious #11 in the black and gold colours.
I'm trying to work out the track.
The only track in Sydney that has a hill in the background like that is Randwick, but I don't think there were ever any houses in the concentration we see to the back right of the photo. Think it has always been urban bushland. The Brisbane tracks are pretty flat also so I'd be betting this is somewhere other than Sydney or Brisbane.
If it was a Melbourne Cup, the #11 that would fit the bill would be Toporoa in 1955, but he raced in blue with orange stars and armbands.
Has me stumped too. I asked Bruce Postle and Clive McKinnon about the photographers name and neither had heard of him. Might have another look on trove etc