RIDING sensation Brett Doyle and his retaining trainer Andy Leung were last night contemplating an appeal after yesterday's censure from the embattled stipendiary stewards' panel concerning the running and riding of Smooth Edge at Sha Tin on June 6. The much-criticised panel, led by chief stipe Clinton P. Pitts Jnr, was savaged again last week due to its failure to inquire into horses allegedly eased down, and for allegedly missing interference. But it would be hard to accuse it of missing Doyle or Leung after Smooth Edge's seventh to Hong Kong Supreme in the 1,650-metre, Class Three Piaget Tanagra Handicap on the dirt. Doyle was suspended for six meetings from the start of next season after the stipes found 'he failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures in the home straight to ensure his horse was given a full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible placing in the field'. Leung was fined $30,000 'due to his attitude in the inquiry room and the manner in which he presented his evidence'. Doyle said last night: 'I'm going to sit down and have a good think about it once I've seen the transcript but, at this stage, I'm almost certainly going to appeal. I think I have a good case.' Leung is also likely to appeal as he reportedly feels there was a language barrier between him and Pitts and a mix-up in the translation. According to the official report from yesterday's twice-adjourned inquiry, Doyle stated 'he followed Grand Prize into the home straight and waited behind him. He was not aware of the leader in front at this stage of the race as he had received a lot of kickback and he could not see him from where he was. 'When he asked his horse to get the run between Grand Prize and Savvy Trio, he did not have enough horse to go through the gap.' Doyle also stated that after Smooth Edge had gained a clear run, the horse did not find much. Leung confirmed that on the morning of the race, after studying videos of Smooth Edge's previous runs, he and Doyle had decided to ride Smooth Edge from behind. During the race, Doyle said he decided to have him a bit closer to the pace 'in order to hold his position'. But having heard the evidence from Doyle and Leung, the race-meeting stewards suspended Doyle under the rule 131 (ii), which deals with failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures, as well as slapping Leung with his swingeing $30,000 fine. Doyle goes into today's final meeting of the season fourth in the standings on 41 winners, having started the campaign as a Club Jockey. Leung has sent out 29 winners and will again retain Doyle next term.