Streaming rain and a perfect barrier draw left Douglas Whyte and connections of South African raider London News beaming yesterday. London News drew barrier two at the special draw for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup held in a downpour at Sha Tin and Whyte said: 'That could not be better. You want an inside draw from the 2,000-metre start, and that's just what we have. And if the weather stays like this, it won't hurt us at all - rather the reverse. London News hacked up by seven lengths on rain-softened ground early in his career and he won't mind it. 'But the way he has been going, I would personally prefer it to be a good track. I think he would really show his very best on that.' Within 30 minutes of the draw, Whyte was working London News in a special session that also left the South African very pleased. 'You cannot ask for much more. The horse is in great shape and he has done everything we have asked of him here. He has several good ones to beat and it will be hard, but I do think he is ready.' Trainer Ivan Allan has kept it in the family by declaring Anton Marcus for front-running bulldog Privilege, who still looks one of the main home hopes in the $5 million international event. Privilege has worked extremely well, but a start was only confirmed on the eve of declarations. Marcus' elder brother and champion jockey Basil Marcus, retained by Allan, partners Derby winner Oriental Express, who drew nine as opposed to the excellent draw of five for Privilege. The only Hong Kong horse right out of luck was Indigenous, to be partnered by Allan Munro, who will start from the extreme outside barrier in the 14-runner field. A middle to inside draw is a definite advantage at this Sha Tin start. Annus Mirabilis also fared well with Frankie Dettori and the European Group-winning Dubai runner will jump from barrier four. With Dettori, the draw and the horse's overall record, Annus Mirabilis may well jump favourite. Eric Saint-Martin, who partnered Deauville to Gold Cup glory last month, was bullish about the prospects of the Tony Cruz-trained runner. 'The draw [six] is a definite advantage and I would presume that Privilege will lead,' he said. 'From that draw I should be able to get a good position and I would like to think we will be right there at the finish.'