Tasmania lost its first race meeting due to the coronavirus crisis at Mowbray on Wednesday night - but it may not have gone ahead anyway.
Numerous holes were found in the track shortly before the first race and Tasmanian Jockeys Association general manager Kevin Ring said they alone would have been sufficient to put the meeting in jeopardy.
However the official reason for the postponement was that jockey Anthony Darmanin had to be stood down from riding and ordered into 24-hour isolation due to possible coronavirus contact.
Darmanin rode at the same meeting at Moonee Valley last Friday night as a Victorian jockey who travelled on a March 12 flight with a person who has since tested positive to the virus.
Even though Darmanin didn't even use the same changerooms, everyone who rode at Moonee Valley has been stood down until the results of that Victorian jockey's tests are known.
If he tests negative, the matter ends there and racing can resume.
If not, racing could be in for an extended break.
Thoroughbred meetings in Victoria, NSW and Western Australia on Wednesday were cut short for the same reason and Thursday's meetings called off.
The Office Of Racing Integrity sent out a message that anyone who attended the Mowbray meeting, regardless of their position, was also required to self isolate for 24 hours.
HOLES IN TRACK
Kevin Ring said the holes in the track were significant and he doubted that remedial work would have saved the meeting.
"They were trying to fill them in with the idea of putting the meeting back a couple of races but I think it was pie in the sky thinking," Ring said.
"They were like little sink holes, over the last 100m especially, where the moveable running rail footings had been pinned last week.
"Obviously where they pulled the footings out, they haven't put the soil back in, like they normally do."
Several trainers at the track were angry that the problem hadn't been detected earlier in the day, allowing time for it be fixed.
But, as the coronavirus situation unfolded, that became academic.
All going well, and all tests coming back negative, Ring said there was a chance the meeting may be rescheduled to Friday afternoon.
Interstate pacers and trotters that are not already in the state will not be allowed to race in Tasmania until further notice.
Due to the coronavirus restrictions, ORI has said it will only be accepting nominations of harness horses that were stabled in Tasmania as at March 25.