THE Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club's licensing committee yesterday decided to defer their decision as to whether or not to renew trainer Geoff Lane's licence for next season. Following a specially-convened, 21/2-hour hearing, the licensing committee decided they would consider Lane's future application for a trainer's licence along with those from other licensed personnel in about a month's time. But the committee did warn Lane about his responsibilities as a trainer, especially when giving evidence at inquiries. Lane said: ''I'm relieved it is all over and behind me - not that I've ever felt guilty of anything at all, it is just that no one likes to attend a hearing like this. ''But I had a very fair hearing and now I'm also pleased that my application will be considered like everyone else's. After all I've been in the game for 29 years as a licensed person and my record is very, very clean.'' Lane went on to add: ''Now that it is over and done with I can go away and get on with the business of training winners.'' The licensing committee was chaired by the Jockey Club's deputy chairman, Wong Chung-hin, and also comprised Alan Li, Andrew Li and Mike Thornhill. Much of their interest in Lane stemmed from ramifications from the nine-month worldwide ban imposed on Darren Beadman for failing to ride the Lane-trained Better Choice on its merits on November 28. They heard evidence from Lane's former stable jockey Dean McKeown who was specifically questioned as to what he said to Lane after riding Better Choice work prior to that run on November 28. McKeown said: ''I told the committee that I had told Geoff the horse was well and should run well.'' McKeown was also asked as to whether the same person controlled Better Choice and Spiritual. He told the committee that he spoke to the same person about both horses but that this was quite normal. At the end of the hearing, a Jockey Club announcement said: ''Trainer (Geoff) Lane was required to appear before the (licensing) committee to show cause why a trainer's licence should be granted to him for the 1994-95 season. ''The committee considered Mr Lane's submissions. At the end of the inquiry, Mr Lane was warned as to his responsibilities as a trainer, particularly in respect of evidence given at inquiries. ''Having warned him, the committee decided that they would consider his application in the normal way at the same time that other applications for trainers' licences are considered.'' Lane, successful with 11-1 shot Shining Star on Wednesday night, has sent out 13 winners this season and is in joint eighth position in the standings. Meanwhile, Australia's biggest stud owners, Arrowfield Group Limited, yesterday confirmed they have looked at the possibility of expanding into China. Chairman John Messara said: ''We continue to have a watching brief and are very interested in Asia generally. ''We have been to China and had a cursory look but things are very much at the conceptual stage. No more than that.'' Arrowfield stands eight stallions in 6,500 acres in the Hunter Valley area of New South Wales, including Last Tycoon, Kenmare, Danehill and Bellotto. They produce about 100 yearlings for auction each year and are the largest vendors in Australia.