LOCAL jockey Johnny K. S. Ho will be permitted to declare for Sunday's opening day of the season - but whether he actually rides depends on the outcome of his appeal to the Macau Jockey Club (MJC). Ho has appealed against the six-meeting ban handed down under Rule 131 (ii) by the Taipa stipes last Saturday and it will be heard at the course on Friday at 11.30 am - three hours after declarations are taken for the first Hong Kong meeting of the season. It is the first time a Hong Kong jockey has been suspended by Macau stipendiary stewards and Director of Racing, Philip Johnston, said yesterday: 'It is only fair to let him accept rides for the meeting so long as trainers and owners involved appreciate the position. 'The trainers would have to name a substitute rider in the event of his appeal being unsuccessful as he would then be automatically barred from riding.' Meanwhile, Hong Kong's chief stipendiary steward, Bernard Hargreaves, met all licensed trainers at Sha Tin yesterday for a pre-season briefing. Increased fines for certain offences were outlined and the trainers were also advised to keep up their strike rate and to generally discharge their obligations fully. They were advised that there was no lack of applicants for training positions in Hong Kong - should a vacancy arise. The Macau Jockey Club continues the new season with a sand card at Taipa tonight with brilliant Australian rider Mick Dittman again losing out on a ride at the last minute. One fancied runner came out two days before Saturday's opener and odds-on favourite Jet Fit refused to enter the barriers on Sunday. Dittman misses out on a first race ride tonight with the topweight out of the event but he partners two for George Moore and the interesting sprinter Vera's Boy for Joe Barnes. Dittman, with three winners to his credit in a short Taipa stint, could land another double at the course tonight with Vera's Boy and Plus Fame Success.