Brilliant French rider Olivier Peslier has won the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile twice in the past and is hoping a change of pace will make the difference on Spirito del Vento this year to give him a third. The gelding finished off strongly for sixth to Good Ba Ba last year, but Peslier is looking at rival Egyptian Ra as something of an ally. 'Last year, the pace was not that fast and Spirito Del Vento, well he didn't really pull but he did get a bit excited,' the jockey said. 'This year looks like it will be a good pace, which will suit my horse better. He doesn't need a crazy pace, but just the leaders moving along well. When it is slow and he has to keep coming off the heels in front of him it makes it hard.' Peslier pointed out the style of French racing probably lines up better with the Hong Kong style than in other European centres. 'In English racing, for example, they gradually increase the tempo in stages, but in France they go just an even gallop most of the race then accelerate hard, like racing here,' he said. 'He is the kind of horse who can gain two or three lengths quickly and put himself into the finish as long as he gets a smooth run.'