Devonport Cup winner Newhart could make a belated return to racing in Melbourne at the start of the new season.
Spreyton trainer Leanne Gaffney said a Victorian campaign had been on the cards for the highly-rated four-year-old before the industry shutdown.
"He had been in work for a few weeks and we were looking at a couple of races in Melbourne," she said.
"But when racing here stopped and, with all the travel restrictions, we decided to put him back in the paddock for four or five weeks.
"He's been back in work for three weeks now and may still go to Melbourne but it will depend on the state of the tracks."
Gaffney said the lightly-raced gelding would not be suited on heavy going.
"The other alternative is to give him a prep (without racing) then turn him out and wait for our cups," she said.
"He has quite a high rating now for such a young horse so that makes things a bit harder in Tasmania."
Gaffney said connections had high hopes for Newhart who managing part-owner Denise Martin has described as "a very special horse and an outstanding prospect".
Newhart has had only nine starts - all bar one on the Devonport synthetic track - for four wins and three seconds.
TTC TO LOOK INTO SMALL FUNCTIONS
The Tasmanian Turf Club will look into the possibility of having a small number of members and guests at its restart meeting on Sunday week.
By that stage, gatherings of up to 40 patrons for seated table service will be permitted in Tasmanian restaurants and clubs.
The TTC has two separate dining areas in the Mowbray complex that can each seat 40 people and still meet social distancing requirements.
Club chairman Brian Walker said he would "love to do it for our members" and he would be making the necessary inquiries.
Some interstate clubs have started to adopt the same policy. Members have to book in advance and are accepted on a first-in first-served basis.
The clubs must then confirm their identities when they arrive on course.
OPPOSITION BLASTS RESTART DELAY
Opposition racing spokesman David O'Byrne has joined some in the industry in criticising the decision not to restart race meetings this weekend.
While the State Government will ease many restrictions on Friday, racing still has to wait until June 13 (effectively June 14, as Sky 1 coverage is only available on the Sunday).
Although it's now academic, given that Tasracing says it wouldn't have been ready to race this weekend at such short notice, O'Byrne said it was further evidence of the Government "treating the racing industry with callous disregard".
"The early easing of the restrictions should be good news for Tasmanian businesses but racing is being held to a different standard with no explanation, no logic and, seemingly, no basis," he said.
"The failure to include racing in the early move to Stage 2 restrictions is punitive and makes no sense."
Tasmanian Jockeys Association general manager Kevin Ring believes racing could have resumed this weekend.
"Despite what Tasracing says, in my opinion we could have got organised in time to hold a meeting on Sunday or Monday given its a long weekend or even next Wednesday," he said.
GREYHOUNDS TO START AT MOWBRAY
Tasracing is yet to publish greyhound dates for the return-to-racing but has confirmed that the first meeting will be at Mowbray on Monday, June 15.
The draft thoroughbred dates for June and July that were published in The Examiner last week have now been confirmed.
So too have the harness dates with one addition, a Friday night meeting in Hobart on June 26.
All Sunday harness meetings are listed for Sky 1 coverage and all Friday meetings will be on Sky 2.
Sunday June 14: Mowbray
Sunday June 21: Elwick
Sunday June 28: Spreyton
Sunday July 5: Elwick
Sunday July 12: Spreyton
Sunday July 19: Elwick
Sunday July 26: Spreyton
Sunday June 14: Hobart
Friday June 19: Hobart
Sunday June 21: Mowbray
Friday June 26: Hobart
Sunday June 28: Mowbray
Friday July 3: Hobart
Sunday July 5: Mowbray
Friday July 10: Mowbray
Sunday July 12: Hobart
Sunday July 19: Mowbray
Friday July 24: Hobart
Sunday July 26: Mowbray