Docksider can take this afternoon's inaugural running of the Hong Kong Mile, the fifth event on today's tremendous card. The John Hills-trained four-year-old appears to have settled in well and his work suggests he's showing no ill-effects of his quality and close third in the Group One Breeders' Cup Mile at Gulfstream Park in America. Two starts prior to that he's run a cracking length second to Aljabr in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. It is worth remembering that First Trump came off a similar run in the Sussex Stakes to win as he liked in the 1996 International Cup for trainer Geoff Wragg and jockey Michael Hills. Despite having to race wide the whole way, First Trump absolutely poodled home and such was his dominance that Sussex Stakes form should be good enough to see Docksider take all the beating this afternoon Add to that his cracking effort in the Breeders' Cup plus his general consistency (barring one below-par effort when first sent to America) and he looks betting material. John and Michael Hills are brothers and that pointer from the Sussex Stakes is unlikely to be lost on Docksider's astute handler who reports himself pleased with the way the selection has been going. Jockey Oliver Peslier is up there in the top half dozen in the world and knows the Sha Tin track. Docksider is a strapping, chestnut son of Diesis who is happy to bowl along on the speed. He may find himself challenged hard by the Japanese runner Midnight Bet who scored such a big win in last season's International Cup. Midnight Bet had a torrid trip throughout that 1,800-metre contest after a bad check early in the race. Despite such a tough journey he came powering through to hold the local runner Johan Cruyff by three-quarters of a length. After his International Cup triumph, Midnight Bet returned to Japan to win a domestic Group Two contest but has returned from a spell seemingly with a couple of lacklustre efforts. However there are two ways of looking at those runs. One, they may be genuinely below his best form but, two, it could be that his connections have been setting him for another crack at Hong Kong. After all, his form prior to last season's International Cup was none too flash and yet he won with a leg in the air. His trackwork since arriving from Japan has been right out of the top drawer. He's been using himself well and has looked very bright in the mornings. It would be a major surprise if he wasn't right there in the firing line. The French filly Field of Hope could be the forgotten runner in the race. Ostensibly her form reads as if she needs give in the ground. This isn't necessarily the case as she actually clocked a very high Topspeed figure on ground faster than the official good when sixth of nine in a quality Group One Prix Moulin de Longchamp in early September. She's since come out and won the Group One Prix de la Foret and should be afforded plenty of respect. Wallace, trained by Richard Hannon, in the south of England, appeals as an improving type who is one to keep safe in the tierces. He comes late and jockey Richard Hughes is a past master of such stalking tactics. Wallace looks to have the beating of the Godolphin runner Muhtathir on their running together in the Group Three Park Stakes. What's more, Wallace may be open to more improvement than his older rival. Resfa, the former South African Derby winner and a facile winner of the last season's Hong Kong Derby trial, could be the best of the local challengers. He won the local Classic Trial fresh before disappointing badly in the Derby and trainer David Hayes has purposely kept him fresh for today's target. Resfa has never worked better and could also have been helped by a gelding operation.