The Hong Kong Jockey Club certainly kept everyone on their toes yesterday with a convoluted format at the official draw ceremony for the International meeting. A host of trainers and jockeys participated in the draw, with the highlight of the ceremony being a computer-generated 'ride' around each of the international courses, which showed viewers what the jockeys would see in the races. Another interesting part of the show was the presentation of barrier draw statistics, which identified the preferred draws based on past results and were appreciated by the foreign visitors looking for a guide. The actual draw process took some following, however. A guest opened the draw for each race by pressing a button and generating, at random, a single number display between one and 14. The representative present for that horse in the race (by alphabetical order) then moved to the stage, randomly selected a compact disc from a rack, pressed another button to summon the next representative, and then placed their own compact disc in a player. This was done for each of the horses until the 14 representatives stood lined up and pressed another button which caused a set of barrier positions to be displayed on a screen. The presenters certainly earned their money at times keeping up with the play and Solid Contact's trainer, Derek Cruz, found himself still waiting to be summoned to the stage when the draw was all but completed for the Sprint. All was forgiven, though, when he drew favourably in gate seven. The buttons took some serious pushing at times, too. Michael Blanshard, The Trader's trainer, needed three attempts and a little extra help to get the right response from one of the buttons. 'It is not that easy to come up with interesting ways to present a barrier draw,' said Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Club's director of racing. 'We keep trying something different and we also insist on having the draw random in two separate ways to uphold its integrity, which is why we need to have more than a single stage in the process.'