Training looks likely to cease at Caulfield years before its scheduled conclusion, with a deal currently being negotiated by Racing Victoria, the Melbourne Racing Club and the trainers.
In October it was announced that training would finish at Caulfield by the end of 2023, but the current discussions would see it discontinue by the end of 2021 or perhaps even earlier, if a suitable deal can be reached by all parties.
So far, the Caulfield trainers have remained united, wanting to work out a remuneration and relocation-package agreement as a group, regardless of the size of their training operations.
The Caulfield Trainers' Collective, a body made up of 23 Caulfield trainers and their representatives, said that good faith negotiations had been taking place with racing administrators since the announcement of the closure.
"The trainers are united in their position that appropriate support should be provided to all trainers to offset the significant impost this closure will place on their businesses and family lives," said CTC spokesperson, Domenic Romanelli.
"The trainers have acted very patiently and professionally throughout this stressful process and all look forward to an offer, which we are hoping is reflective of the significance of the closure and its ramifications."
The parties met to continue negotiations last week, with each side declaring there have been good steps made in the right direction.
RV said it would support the training facility closing earlier than scheduled if all parties were happy with the result.
"We are in continual dialogue with those appointed to represent the Caulfield trainers around their relocation to other training centres," said an RV spokesperson.
"Those conversations are positive and give consideration to the circumstances of the trainers both as a collective and as individuals.
"Training is scheduled to conclude at Caulfield at the end of November 2023 and the MRC has committed to maintaining the training facilities to their current standard until that time.
"We are open to training concluding earlier than November 2023 if it is in the best interests of all parties.
"Works are set to begin at Cranbourne and Pakenham on upgrades to their facilities to service trainers relocating from Caulfield.
"An inner grass training track is the first enhancement to be built at Cranbourne, while Pakenham will soon welcome an equine swimming pool as part of the relocation package being supported by the Victorian Government."
When the training relocation was announced last year it was alongside the news that the MRC had signed a new lease arrangement with the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust to secure racing at the venue for the next 65 years.
At the time, a $40.1 million funding package to support the relocating trainers (co-funded by the State Government, RV and the MRC) was announced to support the development of state-of-the-art training facilities at Pakenham and Cranbourne.
The State Government's $17.5m investment is officially directed towards those facilities at Pakenham and Cranbourne, but it's thought that RV and the MRC's contribution of $22.6m isn't as locked down for those two venues.
While an agreement that would see trainers relocate early is very close, if a mutually-agreeable package can't be worked out, there is still a small chance the trainers will stay on at Caulfield until the 2023 deadline.
Colin Little has been at Caulfield all his life and says he will stay until the very end if needed.
"They've given us a guaranteed five years to the day, they've actually given us a day in 2023," he said.
"I'd be in no hurry to move, I'd stick it out at Caulfield, I've been here all my life, I was born at Caulfield.
"I haven't made a decision where I'll go if I go, Cranbourne, Pakenham, not sure, at the moment I'm here (at Caulfield)."
Caulfield trainer John Moloney also had to leave Epsom when the training centre shut down in the late 1990s and says the impact of moving on families and stable staff shouldn't be underestimated.
When trainers were forced to leave the Mordialloc precinct, Moloney says they did receive assistance grants, which were given to even the smallest trainers, as well as discounted rent on their new stables.
While a small number of trainers with bigger numbers of horses already appear to know where they will head once training stops at Caulfield, all trainers are waiting as a collective to lock in new bases, depending on what options a final deal will offer.
"I'm definitely weighing up a few options at the moment and just waiting to see where might be best to go," Moloney said.
"I understand that people feel the trainers knew that this could happen and that training would stop at Caulfield.
"But as I've seen when Epsom shut down, it is a massive undertaking for many people and has a big impact on families and everyone working in these stables for years to come."