The licensing committee of the Hong Kong Jockey Club yesterday confirmed Glyn Schofield as being licensed for the entire 2004-05 season. A licensing announcement regarding the South African rider had been delayed pending resolution of last Monday's appeal by Schofield against a six-month ban over alleged improper riding, which saw the jockey vindicated and the suspension overturned. Jockey Club executive director of racing Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said that with the charge against Schofield having been expunged, there was 'no reason' not to give him a licence. 'The good performance of Glyn Schofield during the season meant that, under normal circumstances, he would have been recommended for a full-year licence when the other licensing announcements were made [in early June],' Engelbrecht-Bresges said. 'It was only the inquiry that meant it had to be delayed. On overall performance, Glyn was one of our top performers and there was no reason not to give him a licence again.' It was a relieved Schofield who flew home to South Africa for a holiday with his family, and with his clean record in racing intact. After an appeal which took the greater part of two days, the stewards concluded that the case against Schofield had not been made out. They quashed the May 25 decision which threatened to wreck his career. Had the appeal not been successful, Schofield would have been unable to ride in races anywhere in the world until November 25, and was unlikely to have been licensed here again. The Jockey Club now awaits a full legal de-brief and internal inquiry on the original decision to charge Schofield with improper riding, with the particulars being that he intentionally gave 'unimpeded and protected running' to champion jockey Douglas Whyte. Engelbrecht-Bresges said: 'The stewards have not made public their reasons for upholding the appeal but we need to hear from them, and the lawyers, what those reasons are and why the two decisions are so different. If mistakes have been made, then we need to assess what happened and take steps to avoid similar ones occurring in the future.'