RIVER Verdon was last night handed just the kind of draw to enable him to win Sunday's Group Three International Cup for the second successive year. The Hongkong champion will jump from stall five of the 14 runners at the weekend when Basil Marcus can be expected to employ different riding tactics. The Be My Native gelding habitually comes from off the pace in his staying events but trainer David Hill said last night: ''We are likely to have him nearer the lead this time round. ''This draw is perfect for that as it means he can jump and take a position and then relax. ''He won't be up there on the speed or anything like that. We just want to guard against having to come from a long way back off a slow pace. Remember, last year they crawled and it was a sprint home.'' Hill added: ''That for me is the only significance of the draw. River Verdon's a much more mature horse these days and doesn't need any particular gate like he needed in the old days.'' English Cup challenger Mellottie will start from stall three but trainer's son Keith Reveley said the main concern was getting the well performed eight-year-old to the race in one piece rather than worrying about his draw. Mellottie, who has actually won over hurdles, has been troubled by back problems since arrival but hopes grew yesterday that he will be able to make the line-up. Reveley said: ''It looks as if the worst is over. He will have a seven-furlong spin on the grass tomorrow under John Lowe when we will ask him to really lengthen in the straight. ''We need to see him stretch out to see if he is okay as you can't really tell when they just canter. ''Providing he is not hopping lame, there is no reason not to have a go.'' The draw has set up an enthralling clash in the 1,400-metre Bowl which promises to be a helter-skelter affair. America's out-and-out speedster Glen Kate has been handed the perfect number one draw with Hokusei Ciboulette and The Kingfighter, two other fiery types, in stalls two and three. They are likely to set a breakneck speed with England's Thourios, another horse with bags of pace, having little option but to go forward from his number 14 draw. Hongkong's leading hopes, the Patrick Biancone pair, Helene Star and Quicken Away, have drawn next to each other in barriers nine and eight. ''For me the draw is good enough,'' said the French trainer. Last year's winning jockey Mick Kinane is once again drawn out in the wilds. He managed to score from barrier 13 on Additional Risk 12 months ago and will now have to do it from barrier 12 on Dermot Weld's Diamonds Galore. Nigel Tiley is out of Sunday's International Races meeting following his fall from American Eagle at Happy Valley on Wednesday, writes Robin Parke. Tiley was due to ride Active Bobo in the opening event on the card and well-tried Sandal Emperor in the seventh event - both horses for retaining trainer Wong Siu-tan. New Zealander Tiley said yesterday: ''I have a torn muscle in the region of my neck andshoulder. It is not really that bad but it is enough to prevent me riding to the best of my ability on Sunday.''