A sidelight to the Hong Kong Derby meeting was certainly reassessment of the worth of the rule allowing owners to import jockeys for Group One rides. A decent idea in principle but often an appalling waste of time in practice and so it was for the owners of the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Lu Yue, who brought top-line French rider Olivier Peslier for the ride and simply tore up whatever it cost. Many would argue that any locally based jockey could have matched Peslier's displays on Lu Yue and stablemate Take It Easy - rides which might have raised eyebrows had a seven-pound claimer done the same - but this article is not about blaming Peslier. It's about the situation: shanghaied into town to ride horses he has never seen, against horses he has never seen, Peslier (pictured) did the only reasonable thing and followed his instructions to the letter and that is borne out by the stewards' reports. He was told to have Take It Easy racing forward, so after missing the start - a habit the horse has often shown - he drove it forward and it was given no chance. On Lu Yue, the stewards' report even notes that Peslier helpfully suggested that going forward from gate 14 was fraught with pitfalls but connections still insisted he ride the horse as he did. Again, just obeying instructions gave the horse zero chance. Owners have the right, and apparently the spare cash, to bring in a big-name jockey and give him silly instructions, which are then carried out to their horse's detriment, but punters have every right to bleat about how it usually seems to turn out.