The Racing Department of the Jockey Club will review the date and timing of appeals as seven jockeys, including two apprentices, were yesterday declared as standby riders for Basil Marcus at Happy Valley tomorrow night. Stable apprentices are ready to ride Citadeed and Zakarad for trainer Ivan Allan if champion jockey-elect Marcus fails in his appeal against a three-day ban for careless riding before tomorrow night's meeting. As criticism of the timing of the appeal mounted yesterday, director of racing, Philip Johnston, said that the Racing Department had the situation under review and added: 'We are looking into the situation generally, not because of this one instance.' Chief stipendiary steward Bernard Hargreaves explained the decision to permit Allan to nominate three-pound claimer Stanley K. M. Chin for the Belmont Stakes placegetter Citadeed and seven-pound claimer Peter Y. S. Wong for Zakarad which is contrary to prevailing Jockey Club policy. He said: 'This is a peculiar case and we have allowed Ivan Allan to put forward his apprentices. We appreciate that he has had considerable trouble trying to engage other riders.' The prevailing situation means that punters will not know until late tomorrow whether Marcus will ride at the meeting with Triple Trio punters having to take a chance as off-course cut-off time for that bet is tonight. Allan slammed the timing of the appeal and said: 'My owners have been placed at a major disadvantage as no senior jockeys of the standard of Basil Marcus want to be on standby and only learn at 5 pm on race day whether they are riding in the race. 'With Citadeed I approached seven senior jockeys and, in particular, I even asked the director of racing to assist with newly arrived club jockey Eric Saint-Martin without success. Saint-Martin preferred to take the assured ride on Adjareli and I don't blame him.' South African Felix Coetzee had agreed to stand by for Zakarad but 12th reserve Polygain got a run, leaving Allan with no alternative but to put up claimer Wong. Allan slammed the Racing Department for the date and timing of the appeal and added: 'My concern, however, is that my owners are getting a raw deal. Simply put, the time and date of a jockey's appeal should be after racing and before declarations for jockeys for the next race day.' Allan said that he had suggested the appeal be heard after racing on Saturday - which would have avoided yesterday's double declarations. Hargreaves said: 'Personally, I am not in favour of a hearing after a race meeting when there has already been a very full day's business conducted. It is preferable in the morning of a meeting, if necessary, or prior to a meeting in midweek. But the stipes do not fix the date.' The date of the appeal lies within the province of the racing secretary and the Racing Department - not the stipendiary stewards - and Johnston said: 'We attempted to have the appeal on Monday but Marcus was not available. 'It is also a question of being fair to all parties and the availability of stewards. They are busy men.'