THE banning of jumps riding star Adrian Maguire for six days following a retrospective 'whip-use' inquiry in London this week comes as another blow to the young Irishman in his quest to be champion. But more than ever, this controversial case has highlighted the flaws in Britain's antiquated system of amateur stewarding and may well spark a complete overhaul of procedures. You see, the local stewards on duty at Warwick 14 days ago, when Maguire is alleged to have struck runner-up Ramstar more than 20 times with the whip, found the performance to be blameless on the day. It was only after hostile reaction to Maguire's use of the whip by the racing press, and in letters from the public to the two racing trade newspapers, that the all-powerful Jockey Club Disciplinary Committee decided to takes matters into their own hands and launch their own inquiry. At the conclusion to that hearing at Portman Square on Thursday, the authorities overruled the Warwick stewards and suspended Maguire for six days, with the penalty commencing on Tuesday. Maguire, who started a four-day ban for a separate infringement only two days ago, emerged philosophical about the whole business. ''I am determined to improve my riding technique and avoid trouble in future. I shall go away and try to be a better jockey.I'm very young yet and have time to adjust,'' he said. Maguire, 22, is doing it the hard way at present, but he is clearly determined to learn. Since he started riding regularly in Britain three seasons ago, he has accumulated 27 'lost' days through suspension. British officials have never permitted raw young talent to cut any corners in working its way to the top. Just on 40 years ago, a up and coming young star named Lester Piggott was given a lengthy spell on the sidelines to think about his riding style, which many in authority felt was a 'win at all costs' approach. In the case of Ramstar at Warwick two weeks ago, Maguire contravened the Jockey Club's controversial whip guidelines, but was it really so bad that he should be held up to such strong, almost venomous criticism in certain quarters? One pundit in the trade press referred to Maguire as 'a butcher boy'. Very unfair on a pleasant, clean-cut lad, who just happens to like winning as many races as he can and one who attracts media attention like no other since John Francome a decade ago. More to the point perhaps is the fact that the Warwick stewards panel will now come under very close examination, and according to a Jockey Club insider, the worse that can now happen is for them to lose their individual rights to officiate again. It is unlikely to come to that. More probable, however, is a move to introduce voting rights for stipendiary stewards, who at present merely advise the amateur stewards of the Rules and make suggestions of which way they should and shouldn't vote. Unlike Hong Kong, where the stipes form the backbone of the Raceday Stewards panel, Britain relies entirely on its amateur panels, whose competence levels vary wildly from course to course. In the Maguire case at Warwick, both stewards secretaries on duty had advised that punishment was advisable, and yet their recommendation was completely ignored. That, in my view, places the Warwick panel in a highly embarrassing position and that the time of writing, their resignations were being called for in certain sections of the racing world. Maguire, who has now ridden 114 winners this season, now misses the big Leopardstown meeting in Ireland on February 6, which features a fascinating Hennessy Cognac Irish Gold Cup. AN era of sorts came to an end when Bobby Elliott, a former champion apprentice and one-time retained Royal jockey, announced his retirement from race-riding. Ever-cheerful Bobby, 52, four-times married and a world traveller of some renown, is the last of the first five professional jockeys ever licensed by the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club, back in 1971, to hang up his boots and saddle. The first five 'pros' to come to Hong Kong were Bobby Elliott, Peter Gumbleton, Eddie Cracknell, David 'Flapper' Yates and one Geoffrey Lane. Elliott, who spent much time in Hong Kong in those early days, later rode in the United States before returning to his homeland. He is expected to continue playing an important role in the yard of Mark Johnston, the Northern trainer who sent out Marina Park to finish second in the Invitation Bowl. Meanwhile, Gumbleton is farming and training at Gunnedah in the New South Wales bush, Cracknell is living in semi-retirement near Lambourn in England, Yates is often seen hustling and bustling around British racecourses (he was John Reid's chauffeur one season), while Lane is a trainer in Hong Kong. Yes, the end of an era, well and truly.