Australian Club jockey Stephen Baster was yesterday suspended until July 8 after he was found not to have taken all reasonable and permissible measures to win or to obtain the best possible placing on the Bruce Hutchison-trained 5-1 favourite Outstanding Lad in last Saturday's third event at Sha Tin. Baster, 23, looked crestfallen as he made a back-door exit from the Happy Valley inquiry room shortly after midday following a marathon 2.25-hour hearing that had already been adjourned from the weekend. He and Hutchison initially sidestepped the assembled press, jumped into a waiting car and sped away as Baster was too upset by the verdict to talk. Baster immediately lodged notice of his intention to appeal and a couple of hours later was much more composed and mounting a vigorous defence of his riding of Outstanding Lad who is well known for being a difficult ride. Baster confirmed: 'Straight away I lodged my intention to appeal as I did my best to win and it just isn't a fair or correct decision. I'm not guilty and after the decision I was more than a little bit upset.' He then added: 'My belief is that the horse made me look bad. He's a very bad horse to ride and has a very bad record. I think it is on record that twice he has been barred from racing after hanging and has had to trial before he could race again. 'But they seem to have treated it as if I were driving a car, not riding a horse and not riding a horse like Outstanding Lad who is well known for what he can and does do wrong in a race. If the horse had gone where I wanted him to then this problem wouldn't have arisen at all. But he didn't and wouldn't.' Trainer Hutchison, while of the opinion that Baster had ridden a poor race, is convinced there was no wrongdoing. He stressed: 'I think it was an ordinary ride and that Stephen made a human error of judgment but there definitely weren't any bad intentions. You also have to remember that he only had a second or two at the most to make the decisions he did and he was riding a difficult horse. 'If I thought he'd done something bad, rather than just made a human error in difficult circumstances on a difficult horse, I'd be the first to say so, don't you worry about that. But I'm completely satisfied there was no deliberate wrongdoing and so, too, is the owner.' Chief stipendiary steward John Schreck would not discuss the case as Baster had fired in his appeal. 'The matter remains sub judice so it would be entirely inappropriate for me to comment,' Schreck said. However, Schreck and the race-meeting panel which was chaired by Jockey Club steward Paul Cheng, pinpointed why Baster was found in breach of Rule 131 (ii). Baster was found to have not taken all reasonable and permissible measures for four reasons. He was found not to have used sufficient vigour to improve his position when shifting to the inside of Canadian Champ some 500 metres from home. After straightening he was found to have allowed Outstanding Lad to shift away from running on the inside of Natural Classic to be in a position behind that horse and Light Print. For some distance approaching the 200-metre marker they say he failed to shift in on Outstanding Lad to take the available running inside of Natural Classic, instead allowing his mount to run up close to the heels of the same horse. And, after shifting to Natural Classic's inside after the 200-metre marker, he was found to have ridden 'in all the circumstances of this race with insufficient vigour over the final 150 metres'. Baster has four rides on tomorrow night's Happy Valley card. Following his appeal, the stewards suspended his ban until after the appeal has been heard which allows him to take rides for Sunday.