Elwick should be restricted to no more than 20 race meetings a year and be given at least a six-week break from racing every season, a report has concluded.
The breaks should "coincide with good growing weather" to facilitate annual renovation work.
In other words, the 'soft option' of just forgoing a few meetings in the middle of winter is not on - the breaks would have to be at another time of the year.
The 20-race meeting limit should remain in place for at least two years but could be increased to 25 as the track matures.
The overuse of the track for trials at the recommencement of racing last winter led to damage of an immature, re-developed surfaceJane Howlett quoting Monteith report
The report, prepared by former Victorian Racing Club CEO Dale Monteith for Racing Minister Jane Howlett, also warns against the over-use of Mowbray.
It says Mowbray is usually looking 'tired' by the end of the night racing season in April and "consideration should be given to having more meetings at Spreyton."
The future management of Elwick is arguably the most important issue addressed in the 60-page document because, basically, it concludes that it was over-use of the track that led to the loss of key race meetings.
The report, quoting Tasracing figures, says that from May 18 to June 21 - as racing was coming out of its 10-week shutdown - 300 horses were allowed to trial or gallop on the track.
"This over-use led to damage to the immature, redeveloped surface," the report says
Why Tasracing took that action and why is gave certain trainers permission to gallop their horses on the track at that time, is a question not addressed.
But, with the Minister accepting all the report's recommendations, it should never happen again.
The report recommends that the inside 16m of the track be reserved exclusively for race meetings.
For the next 12 months at least, all trials and grass gallops should be restricted to the outside 12m of the track AND in the back straight only.
Thereafter, consideration may be given to using the outside 10m in the home straight.
But, even then, grass gallops in the home straight should be restricted to runners in feature races such as the Hobart Cup and Tasmanian Derby.
In other words, Tasracing should make no exceptions and give no favours.
The report makes many recommendations on many issues but, at the end the day, it's most important conclusion is simple - manage the track properly and there should be no repeat of the problems.
Tasracing says a number of the report's key recommendations have already been implemented and the balance will be as soon as practical.
It says recommendations on racing and trialling will be implemented in consultation with the jockeys' association.
Opposition racing spokesman David O'Byrne said the report raised serious questions about governance and poor practices and revealed basic mistakes.
"The fact that over-use of the Elwick track led to serious damage ... demands Ms Howlett provide answers about how that was allowed to happen at a track that had received a multi-million-dollar upgrade at taxpayers' expense," he said.
WE'LL BE TRYING TO LEAD: RATTRAY
James Rattray has indicated he won't be bluffed into surrendering the early lead on Tasmanian star Ignatius in Saturday night's $1 million Miracle Mile at Menangle.
Rival driver Luke McCarthy has made it known that he will be heading for the front on $1.40 favourite King Of Swing despite drawing barrier 5.
McCarthy said the defending Miracle Mile champion had blistering gate speed when required, inferring those drawn inside him would not be able to hold him out.
Rattray sees it differently.
"It will be very solid early and we've drawn to be in that speed battle so we'll make use of our draw," he said.
When asked if he could win the Miracle Mile from in front, Rattray replied: "I think so. I think I've got the horse to do it.
"He seems really strong and has come though his last run really well so I reckon he can (lead all the way).
"It's hard to say what sort of time he could run ... he's sat parked and been not far away in 1:49 so he'll run a good mile in front on the fence."
It will be a family triumph if Rattray is right, with Ignatius trained by his brother Todd, raced by Todd's wife Lyrae and bred by the Rattray Family Trust.
The six-year-old is on the third line of betting at $12.
TURK OFFERS: SHOW US THE MONEY
Connections of Tasmania's unbeaten two-year-old galloper Turk Warrior are still waiting for overseas purchase offers to materialise.
Wesley Vale trainer Glenn Stevenson said there had been plenty of interest but there was still "no cash on the table."
"So he's gone to the paddock (at Grenville Stud) where he can stay for a while and, if no-one wants him, we'll race on," Stevenson said.
There has been interest in the Outreach gelding from Hong Kong with one media report speculating that offers could be as high as $900,000.
Meanwhile Stevenson has something a lot more definite on his mind - a trip to Melbourne with another star youngster, War Correspondent.
"He'll go to Moonee Valley on Friday fortnight (March 19) for a three-year-old race," the trainer said.
"He's pulled up enormous after his last win (in the 3YO Classic at Mowbray on February 24) so hopefully he can feature over there and show his true potential."