'Fantastic' barrier two for defending champion David Ferraris has rarely been so nervous before a barrier draw as he was yesterday while awaiting an inside barrier for his champion Vengeance Of Rain in Sunday's HK$20 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup. But after barrier two came his way, the trainer's knowing smile suggested our richest-ever race is as good as won. Vengeance Of Rain won last year's Cup in a victory that also saw him crowned World Champion Racehorse for 2005. Ferraris has sensed for weeks that a repeat of history is distinctly possible. And yesterday, the four-time premier South African handler decided 'probable' is now more appropriate than 'possible'. 'It's a fantastic barrier, I'm delighted with it,' Ferraris said. 'The horse is in great shape and it's been well reported how well his work has gone leading up to now. 'He will have one final blow [today]. His coat his shining and though I know no horse has ever won back-to-back Cups before I'm as confident now as I was last year when he won.' Ferraris says there are only two dangers - outstanding European mare Pride and emerging local galloper Hello Pretty. 'That's it, just the three chances, I feel,' he said. Hello Pretty's trainer, Tony Cruz, was also pumped after the Australian private purchase came up with barrier six, knowing how crucial barriers are for the Sha Tin 2,000-metres start. 'Six is perfect,' Cruz said. 'I can't be any happier with all the draws. The ones which needed to draw well and have some options about what they do have been lucky. Good alleys, good jockeys, now it's up to the horses.' Cruz , who won two internationals on Hong Kong's biggest day in 2003, was excited about the way international week is unfolding for his team. In the case of Silent Witness, Cruz reckons that barrier two and a home-ground advantage can swing the balance back in favour of his two-time world champion turf sprinter. 'We're back on our home turf now so I think we have a better chance here,' Cruz said. 'I believe that some other horses might beat us for speed so we would just sit behind if that's the case. 'He's always been a great chaser anyway and has done it from behind before. We're not going to rush him. Felix [Coetzee] will be in charge. If the pace is too hot he will take a sit. We've got the inside draw, so we can make whatever choice we want.' With his trio of Hong Kong Mile candidates, the cards fell the way Cruz wanted as well. 'With Bullish Luck, I never worry about his draw as he's always in behind, and the same is true of Russian Pearl. Floral Pegasus was the one I was a bit worried about and with six I'm very happy - he can be in a handy position from there.' John Moore said his Hong Kong Derby and Champions & Chater winner Viva Pataca had made all the improvement required from his Cup Trial placing, where he was beaten five lengths by Hello Pretty. Stanley Ho Hung-sun's colour bearer has drawn gate eight in the Cup field. 'I think he's come on in leaps and bounds since his last run,' Moore said. 'I probably would be a bit worried if they don't go a gallop but from eight he has some options and the most important thing is that he gets cover. He must get that.' Champion European mare Ouija Board drew barrier two in the Vase and an already positive trainer Ed Dunlop was grinning from ear to ear. 'That's perfect, she's happy, everybody's happy,' the trainer said.