French jockey Olivier Peslier always thought it would easy, but not this easy. After his emphatic front-running victory on the English-trained Docksider in the $7 million Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin yesterday, Peslier came up with the perfect throwaway line. 'It was even easier than we thought it would be,' beamed the little Frenchman, who followed up this performance and his victory in the card opener with his winning ride on Borgia in the Vase. 'Docksider wanted to go, so I let him. That's always the best way to ride him. He has shown in the past he can lead and win and I had no problem with him taking it up.' He certainly didn't. But then, it was a marvellous front-running display from Peslier, who stacked them up in the middle stages of this Group Two spectacular before booting Docksider clear to score with the utmost ease. The vastly improved French filly, Field Of Hope, emerged late in the straight to snatch second place, with local hope Resfa in third. But they were bit-part players. 'Docksider quickened really well when I asked him to and [trainer] John [Hills] can be very proud for having him in such great condition.' A strapping son of Diesis, Docksider had run a cracking race in the Group One Sussex Stakes [1,600 metres] at Glorious Goodwood, a contest that's proved a potent pointer for Hong Kong's invitational races over the years. First Island, ridden by John Hills' brother Michael, won the Sussex before lifting the 1996 International Cup for trainer Geoff Wragg and Docksider has taken a similar route. Of the local brigade, Resfa really stood up to be counted. The David Hayes-trained South African Derby hero was clearly unsuited by the slow tempo and did really well to make up ground from such a long way back. Basil Marcus brought him wide in the straight and Resfa kept plugging on to the line. 'It certainly wasn't run to suit him [Resfa] and we're absolutely delighted with the way he performed,' said Hayes. 'I couldn't have asked for any more from jockey or horse and he's done Hong Kong proud.' The Australian trainer was quick to map out either the QE II Cup in April or an overseas raid for Resfa. 'We know that he's best fresh so we'll take it steady with him and try to pick off the races we think suit him,' added Hayes. 'We've always known he's a good horse but I think we've really found the key.' Of the other Hong Kong challengers, the Ivan Allan-trained Housemaster put in a promising Derby trial by making late headway to snatch fifth just behind the Frankie Dettori-ridden Muthathir. Tony Cruz's Danzighill collected the minor prize money by sticking on gamely for sixth. Speaking of his Vase win, Peslier said: '[Borgia] has always been a very good horse and she enjoyed herself today. The lack of pace never bothered us much at all although it was close at the end.' Borgia's owner, Gestut Ammerland, said: 'That is her last race and what a fantastic way to finish her career. She will now go to stud and we will be sending her to Sadlers' Wells.'