The Tasmanian Turf Club has received a mainly positive reaction to the state's first-ever Good Friday race meeting but the support hasn't been unanimous.
TTC chief executive Peter Scott said one member had called to strongly voice their "disgust" at the club breaking with tradition to race on the religious holiday.
But he said most of the feedback had been "fairly positive".
"The club respects that everyone has a right to their personal views," Scott said.
"At the end of the day, it's a personal choice - if people want to support the meeting that's fine, if not they can follow their personal views.
"Obviously it's an important religious day which has to be respected but it's also a day when a lot of people are at a loose end looking for something to do.
"For that reason we're promoting it as a family day with lots of entertainment for the kids."
Tasmanian Jockeys Association general manager Kevin Ring said his members had no problems with riding on Good Friday.
"It was put to them last year (when first mooted) and they were comfortable with it then and have been ever since," Ring said.
"It was inevitable in this day and age and I'm sure other states will eventually follow suit, just as they did when we were first to fully adopt Sunday racing."
Several trainers have been quoted as saying they will have runners at the meeting "because we have to, not because we want to" but that's not an uncommon reaction to night racing in general, due to the extra workload and longer hours involved.
The only other thoroughbred meeting in Australia on Good Friday is at Ascot (WA) and the only harness meeting is in Hobart.
The Mowbray meeting is programmed to start at 2.50pm and finish at 6.40pm.
BOOKIES CAUTIOUS ON EASTER CUP
The fact that the corporate bookmakers have delayed posting a market on Saturday night's $75,000 Easter Cup final at Mowbray is not surprising given the openness of the race.
With little between the leading chances, Tuesday's barrier draw could have a big impact on the betting.
Sportsbet posted an all-in market before nominations and didn't even have first heat winner Franco Tristan listed.
The Gavin Lang-trained gelding is now likely to press for favouritism after beating two of the local big guns, Scooterwillrev and Harjeet, seemingly with something in reserve.
However the second heat was slightly quicker and punters also have to weigh up the fact that upset winner Illegal Immigrant enjoyed a very soft run while runner-up Ryley Major did plenty of work and wouldn't have lost any admirers.
Ryley Major and Harjeet shared favouritism at $4.20 in Sportsbet's initial market.