TALENTED local rider Jackie C. K. Tse is appealing against a three-day ban handed down last Wednesday night for dropping his hands on a horse. The appeal highlights the shortcomings of the system under which Stipendiary Stewards operate here. They follow guidelines set down for various charges with the result that, at times, commonsense simply does not apply. This is the case with Tse. He rode Little Big Horn for trainer Lawrie Fownes on the equitrack and persevered with a horse that is somewhat short of out-and-out resolution. Tse used all permitted forms of encouragement on a gelding which was not going to do much. Eventually he dropped his hands and this action may, repeat may, have resulted in the horse not finishing fourth or fifth. The only loser here is the owner, who missed out on some minor prize money. The betting public was in no way affected. The severity of the sentence is completely at variance with the seriousness of the ''crime''. At most, it warranted a one-day suspension but the logical sentence was a fine. But the Stipes are seemingly hamstrung by guidelines which are rigidly adhered to. And those guidelines do not provide for one and two-day bans. In 90 per cent of cases there will be no quibble as three-day bans for careless riding are perfectly in order. What makes the three-day ban for Tse's offence ridiculous is the treatment accorded the same rider last November . . . when the Stipendiary Stewards erred on the side of leniency. Tse rode Happy Birthday in a Sha Tin event and caused such gross interference to Basil Marcus on Gladstonian that the South African was fortunate to remain on the horse and not end up over the rail. Tse was given four days for careless riding when the charge might well have been reckless riding - and a six-day ban would not have been untoward. As it now stands, we must assume that dropping hands on a beaten horse is only marginally less serious than gross interference that puts another rider at considerable risk. Clearly, this is nonsensical but if the Stipendiary Stewards are to continue to adhere to existing guidelines such instances will, from time to time, occur. Hopefully, Tse will succeed in his appeal and have the sentence reduced - so that, in future, the Stipendiary Stewards may be in a position to issue bans or fines that more suitably reflect a jockey's error. Meanwhile, the rumblings continue over the Stipendiary Stewards' assessment of the actions of Gerald Mosse and, to a lesser extent, those of Marcus in the fourth race on Saturday. Those who took the shortish odds on offer about newcomer Blaze Of Glory will readily recall that the French rider went for a run on the inside of Marcus on eventual winner, Captive Trick. What is in dispute is the reading of the incident which resulted in the totally innocent Victor C. F. Chan being put out of the race on Action Time. The Stipendiary Stewards apparently hold the view that Marcus was partially responsible in that he closed the gap fractionally as Mosse made his move. They therefore apportioned some blame to the champion jockey and gave both riders a warning. It is a view that does not stand up to scrutiny of the race film, both side and head on. There can be no reasonable doubt that Mosse definitely made his move across Chan, intent on getting Blaze Of Glory on to the rails and into a gap that did exist. But in doing so he took the ground of Chan on Action Time and was guilty of careless riding. He was extremely fortunate to escape with a warning but what was wrong with the official Stipendiary Stewards' report was the inference - not necessarily intended - that Chan may have been to some extent accountable. That, surely, is read into the statement that Blaze Of Glory and Action Time ''came together'' in the concluding stages. It takes two to tango and, likewise, it takes two to ''come together.'' Finally, there were no plaudits for the starter, either. Blaze Of Glory was restless in his stall and noticeably reared at least twice. No sooner had his feet hit the ground and momentarily settled than the gates were released and they were on their way in the 1,000-metre dash. Not quite so quickly away was the 5-2 favourite. It is not unreasonable to suggest that the young debutant and his jockey - plus the punting public - might have been given a little more time before the start was effected. THE excellent win of Astonish in the third event on Saturday has delighted everyone who has had anything to do with racing in India. It was a remarkable achievement. The horse, now six and with a sesamoid problem, left India early last year for his Hong Kong odyssey and arrived here in early October. Trainer Lawrie Fownes did a mighty job, Alan Munro gave an impeccable riding display and the delight that greeted the win both in Hong Kong and India made the entire costly operation worthwhile. We can justifiably pride ourselves on the overall state of Hong Kong racing. But they know what the game is about in India, too. They produce some excellent horses and they have a commitment to breeding and quality racing. And they also run their Classics over the proper distances.