Trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai is to seek legal advice over a newspaper article which yesterday led to changes in Hong Kong's raceday horse inspections. The Jockey Club racing stewards announced that, effective from this weekend's Sha Tin meeting, post-race examinations will now include an inspection of a horse's ears for the presence of illegal devices for 'deafening' a horse. In addition, horses will be inspected at random. The issue arose on Tuesday when the stewards interviewed Lui about a newspaper claim he had used earplugs to 'deafen' Really Lucky when the horse won at Sha Tin on Boxing Day. 'I don't know where the article came from - the first thing I knew about it was when the stewards asked me,' Lui said yesterday. 'I will ask my lawyer for his opinion on this newspaper article and we will see what to do next. The newspaper has said I was breaking the rules of racing. As I told the stewards on Tuesday, I have never used this kind of thing - in fact I have never heard of anyone in Hong Kong using these illegal earplugs. If any trainer wants to do something like this, he can always use a hood on his horse and that is legal. This new rule is going to keep the stewards even more busy.' Deafeners, a catch-all term for anything placed inside the horse's ears to block out the crowd or race noises, are legal in some racing jurisdictions but are banned in Hong Kong. While Jockey Club officials accepted Lui's statement on New Year's Day that he had never used deafeners, they have now been forced to include yet another step to the post-race routine inspections of horses, along with the recent additional measure of 'scoping'. Chief stipendiary steward John Schreck said yesterday that 'the stewards have no evidence at this time deafeners are being used in Hong Kong'. He added that although deafeners were prohibited, it was possible that this situation would be reviewed. American jockey Corey Nakatani, who received a ban for careless riding on Forbidden Apple in the Hong Kong Mile on December 16, will have his appeal against the penalty heard on Tuesday. Nakatani was handed a ban until January 10, or five meetings in Hong Kong terms, but will argue via written submission that the penalty was a great deal harsher as he rides practically every day in California. He has been riding on a stay of proceedings since lodging his appeal shortly after International Day. Meanwhile, Hong Kong apprentice Paul Lo Pak-hin clocked up another success in Australia on New Year's Day when he partnered the Lyle Wheeler-trained Taniwha to victory at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. It was the second winner for Lo, who is attached to David Hill's stable.