Brendon McCoull is sick of hearing criticism of the new Elwick track - even though he believes some criticism is justified.
"But it's not the track itself they should be criticising - it's the rail placement," McCoull said.
"In my opinion, it hasn't been very well managed.
"We run three trial sessions and a race meeting with the rail in the same position (out 8m).
"That just seems ridiculous to me.
They sold us one big, wide track on the basis that it would allow for many different rail shifts ... then they don't shift it.Top jockey Brendon McCoull
"They sold us one big, wide track (replacing two smaller ones) on the basis that it would allow for many different rail shifts.
"Then they don't shift it."
Tasmania's most experienced jockey and 14-time premiership winner said the track for the last meeting - widely criticised after most horses raced wide and kicked up large clods - was perfectly safe.
"They were just kicking out the fill and it looked poor," he said.
"I'm sure if we'd been on fresh ground it wouldn't have been like that.
"Jockeys were looking for the best going but it wasn't anything like the old track where there was just one fast lane down the outside.
"By not moving the rail, I think they've just given people an opportunity to criticise.
"The rail could have been out 15m for the four-horse trials."
McCoull said the track was as to be expected after cold weather and a lot of rain.
"I've always said the benefits will be down the track - it needs to be given an opportunity," he said.
"It will consolidate more in the next 12 months.
"Mowbray wasn't perfect when it opened either - it took time."
TRACK 'RESPONDING AS EXPECTED'
A statement from Tasracing said that track developer StrathAyr was satisfied the track was responding as expected to the heavy traffic it had experienced leading up to the June 21 meeting.
It said that StrathAyr managing director Frank Casimaty had inspected the track following the meeting and delivered a positive report.
Track manager Sam Webster confirmed there had been a change in fertiliser that was expected to advance growth.
Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson said the track had been pushed exceptionally hard since the return of trials on May 18 and had "held up very well considering it is still very much settling in".
"Whether the rail should have been shifted is academic," he said.
"A decision was made a week out to retain the rail in the 8m position.
"Our view was that this was the best overall result given there were two more meetings on July 5 and July 19 before the track had a break.
"The level of usage for this time of year is the issue, as there is very little grass growth or recovery in mid-winter.
"We never envisaged that it would have this amount of use in June/July but there are some things that can't be controlled.
"There is no damage to the track. It was designed to take high use and the grass will recover fast in the growing season and it should be ready for the start of spring racing."
Eriksson said the rail would be out 13m this week, as always planned.
ROCKETING TO NICE PAYDAY ON DEBUT
It was virtually three wins in one when first-starter Apollo Rocket blitzed her rivals in the 2YO Maiden at Spreyton on Sunday.
As well as $10,625 in stakemoney, the Ken and Tanya Hanson-trained filly picked up an extra $20,000 in Tasbred bonuses.
And, the Hanson family got the lot - $16,000 as the owners and $4000 as the breeders.
Apollo Rocket, by Needs Further, is out of their four-time winning broodmare Reach The Moon.
For Tanya Hanson, the win was particularly timely as she was laid off from her job at the Flight Centre when the coronavirus crisis struck.
Apollo Rocket, ridden by Troy Baker, led from the outside barrier and was never threatened as she scored by 3-1/4 lengths.
Reach The Moon also won her first start but not quite as easily - she snuck home by a short half head in a 2YO Handicap at Elwick in 2010.
400 AT SPREYTON AS GATES FINALLY OPEN
The Devonport Racing Club was pleased with the response to Sunday's meeting at Spreyton - the first to allow public access since mid-March.
"It went well - we had about 400 people there," chairman Barry Milton said.
"Security staff on the gate kept count to make sure we didn't exceed our 500 limit."
The Launceston Pacing Club had fewer patrons prepared to brave a very cold night at Mowbray but that was to be expected, as the grandstand was closed and they had to stay outside.
Secretary Michelle French expects numbers to pick up this week with the grandstand re-opened and spectators able to move indoors.
One situation that is concerning both clubs is the availability of tote operators and they will seek clarification from Tasracing.
"As I understand it, Tabcorp is only prepared to provide one operator free of charge and the others will each cost us $51 an hour," Barry Milton said.
The revenue generated by on-course tote betting did not justify that cost, he said.