The stipendiary stewards erred in not holding an immediate inquiry into a controversial start to the second race at Sha Tin yesterday. By not posting 'inquiry' on the totalisator board when the horses had crossed the line, the stewards were also breaking with precedent in this area. In the past, the 'inquiry' sign has been flashed for incidents which in no way involved the ultimate placegetters and merely wasted valuable time. This was not the case with the second race, where My Symphony (25-1) reared high as the gates opened, seemingly still held by the handler in the gate after the horse had previously played up. The lack of an immediate inquiry causes concern because there was clearly the possibility that My Symphony was denied a fair start. The Jockey Club, to its credit, has refunded money on several occasions in the past when a horse has been denied a fair start, and there were grounds for believing that this could have been the case with My Symphony. But the essential point is that the stewards should have held an immediate inquiry into the start and then informed the public of the outcome of their deliberations. It was a glorious afternoon weather-wise, which was probably fortunate for the Jockey Club. It surely helped entice a few thousand to Sha Tin, otherwise the final figure for the meeting would have made very poor reading. As it was, the attendance of 33,907 continued the recent downward trend. There were more than a few racing people - trainers included - who were quick to suggest a normal midweek Wednesday meeting would have been preferable to an Easter Monday's. It is one to think about for next season - if the programme has not already been carved in tablets of stone. An era of transparency, accountability and accessibility. The words may yet haunt their author, Jockey Club chief executive Lawrence Wong. ATV's investigative series, Inside Story, set up an interview with chief stipendiary steward, Clinton P. Pitts Jnr, for a special programme on the recent ICAC swoop. It was later cancelled on orders from on high at Sports Road.