Popular Brighton trainer-driver Adrian Duggan faces a lengthy period on the sidelines after suffering multiple injuries in a spectacular fall at Mowbray on Sunday night.
Duggan broke his ankle in two places, as well as sustaining a broken toe, and was being still being monitored on Monday for possible concussion.
Beauty Point trainer-driver Conor Crook was knocked out in the fall and is believed to have been unconscious for several minutes. He spent the night in hospital before being discharged on Monday afternoon.
Launceston reinsman John Walters walked away and continued driving - but a few hours later he also was in hospital.
Like Duggan, Walters was catapulted into the air but, luckily, landed on his feet.
He felt well enough to drive in another four races but when he took his boots off after the last he realised something was wrong.
"I was a bit sore, as you always are after a fall, but you don't notice it so much while you're hot," he said.
"By the time I got home I knew my ankle wasn't right so I went to hospital."
Walters was found to have ligament damage and will spend a few days at least in a moon boot.
I was angling to get into the one-out line so I was looking at Rohan Hillier's horse on my inside to make sure I was clear.Driver John Walters who didn't see the fall coming
"I've also got a sore shoulder and hip but I'll be right when the bruising comes out," he said.
The in-form reinsman said he didn't see the fall coming.
"I was angling to get into the one-out line so I was looking at Rohan Hillier's horse on my inside to make sure I was clear," he said.
While this was happening, Canbe Doc, driven by Crook, fell in front of him and Walters' drive, Rockandahardplace, crashed over the top.
Major Davvin, driven by Duggan, had no way of avoiding the pile-up and collided with Rockandahardplace sending Duggan airborne.
Duggan is one of Tasmania's busiest racing participants, holding a trainer's licence for both codes.
His main involvement is in harness racing, where he is in the top 10 on the trainers' premiership.
He's also had 11 thoroughbred runners this year and has won two races with Foreeva.
None of the horses involved in the fall were seriously injured although Major Davvin sustained a wound that required stitching.
SKY 2 FEE TO BE DROPPED - FINALLY
Sky Racing is removing the $5 a month fee for Foxtel subscribers to access the Sky 2 channel.
The charge will be dropped from August 1 - four months later than originally announced by Foxtel but then delayed by what it called 'unprecedented circumstances'.
Foxtel's residential subscribers - reported to number more than two million - will now finally be able to access Sky Racing's entire content across Sky 1, Sky 2 and Sky Thoroughbred Central as part of their basic package.
Sky Channel said that opening up Sky 2 would enable more showcasing of feature race meetings.
The first of these would be the national greyhound finals from every state on Thursday August 13.
The move will benefit Tasmanian punters in particular as local races are often 'shunted' from Sky 1 to Sky 2 when the schedule is busy.
ULVERSTONE KENNEL TAKES A BREAK
One of Tasmania's biggest greyhound training operations has shutdown voluntarily for a week as canine coronavirus continues to affect the state.
Ulverstone trainers Gary and Robyn Johnson chose not to enter any greyhounds for this week's meetings in Launceston, Devonport or Hobart.
Canine coronavirus, which has been prevalent in some mainland states since the start of the year, causes mild gastroenteritis in dogs but is not the same virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.
Most cases are contracted by oral contact with infected faecal matter. A dog may also become infected by eating from contaminated food bowls or by direct contact with an infected dog.
"We've had nothing major in our kennels," Robyn Johnson said.
"We've had a little bit of vomiting but no diarrhoea and they're basically all over it now.
"I'm a nurse and very aware of infection control so I've given all the dogs a week off.
"But we are not under any instructions not to race."
It's understood that the Johnsons are not the only trainers in Tasmania to have chosen not the nominate any greyhounds this week as a precautionary measure
As a result there were only nine races in Launceston on Monday night and there will be only eight in Devonport on Tuesday.
However there is a normal 10-race card in Hobart on Thursday.
MASSIVE ENTRIES FOR SPREYTON
It looks like another early start coming up for thoroughbred racing on Sunday.
The second Spreyton meeting since the shutdown has attracted 180 nominations for eight advertised races.
They include 39 nominations for a maiden over 1350m which carries $20,000 in Tasbred bonuses.
The 1009m maiden is also a bonus race and has 24 entries.
Spreyton is likely to host 10 of the next 12 meetings in Tasmania.
The draft calendar for the next three months has every meeting on the synthetic track except for Elwick on July 19 and September 20.
All meetings in October will be back on the turf tracks.