With a Gallic shrug of the shoulders, trainer Patrick Biancone dismissed the outside gate 12 draw for raging Derby favourite Johan Cruyff in Sunday's $6.5 million Classic at Sha Tin. 'He is not a horse who would be going to the front and would be helped by an inside draw anyway. Eric [Legrix] is a top jockey and he knows what to do. I may have a better chance of getting a trouble-free run,' said Biancone, whose other runner in the 1,800-metre showpiece, Forest Spring, drew seven in the glamour draw held at the Jockey Club last night. It may have been a bit early to pop the champagne corks, but Australian trainer David Hayes certainly wasn't complaining about the marble that popped out for likely second favourite, Smashing Pumpkin. He drew barrier eight, the same gate that Oriental Express won the big race from last year. 'It's a lucky number and that will do us,' laughed Hayes. At the 1,800-metre start, the draw is not usually seen as being vitally important but those likely to go forward are suited by an inside alley. Hayes' second string, Hunting Lad, drew inside in barrier four and is likely to be seen early from there. Although Danzighill, who finished second to Johan Cruyff in the Classic Trial after trying to make all, drew barrier three, trainer Wylie Wong said: 'There is no guarantee that Danzighill will make the running. To have a chance of seeing out 1,800 metres, those might not be the best tactics.' Electronic Zone was drawn against the rails, but there were no cheers from big-race jockey Douglas Whyte, who missed the cocktail party and Derby reception. 'He's in bed with a virus or allergy. He rode trackwork this morning but wasn't feeling too good. 'I just hope he's all right for tomorrow morning, never mind Sunday,' said trainer Tony Cruz. Sunday is going to be a red-letter day for first-season trainer Peter Ho, who has outsider Monza in the Classic. Monza won a Group Two race in France but was subsequently demoted to second. 'I think we are fortunate in that Monza can go forward or else settle off the pace. There are options for us, so it is good to be drawn where we are. This distance is right for him and Monza is in good form. I have been really pleased with his recent work,' said Ho. On the extreme outside in the 13-runner field is Multi-Star, but South African jockey Robbie Fradd said he was unconcerned. 'There's plenty of time and my fellow won't be setting any records going forward. He ran poorly in the Classic Trial but he doesn't do that often and I am sure he will be more like himself in the Derby. 'The draw is unimportant to me. I just want to have him settle easily and then we are in with a chance. I don't think this is a one-horse race and we are in there with a hope,' said Fradd. Agreeing with that statement was the chairman of stewards of the Jockey Club, Wong Chung-hin, who paid tribute to owners who had splashed out plenty in a bid to win the biggest prize in local racing. 'I asked them to do that last year and that is what has happened. The average rating for runners in last year's Derby was 95 and on Sunday it is 105. That is a very significant 10-point rise and it clearly shows that our standards are getting higher all the time. 'For the first time we had a horse in the International Classifications in last year's Derby winner, Oriental Express,' said Wong. The chairman also pointed out that this year's Derby field included winners of Group Two and Three and Listed Races in Europe and Australasia.