Viva Pataca's bid to replicate Vengeance Of Rain's pioneering win in the 2007 Dubai Sheema Classic hit a major hurdle last night when Hong Kong's top stayer drew barrier 12 for Saturday's edition of the world's equal-richest race on turf. Trainer John Moore put on a brave face at the celebrity draw but there was no denying the change in his level of optimism after the six-year-old failed in his bid to gain an inside alley on the often-tricky Nad al Sheba turf track. 'In a word, difficult,' Moore said when asked for his reassessment of Viva Pataca's position in the light of having drawn the wide alley. 'He's not a horse that we can push forward with because he can fire up early if you ride him like that, and to do so would bring him undone completely. 'It's in [jockey] Darren Beadman's hands now. I've done all I can do - the horse will get to the race fit and well but negotiating the barrier is now [Beadman's] job. He's Australia's best jockey, and one of their best ever, and won an enormous number of Group One races. No doubt he's the right man for the big occasion so, like I said, it's all over to him now.' International bookmakers had quoted Viva Pataca as 9-4 favourite for the US$5 million Sheema Classic (2,400m) before the barrier draw but will undoubtedly ease him once they assess the impact of the gates. It was a similar story for Richard Gibson, trainer of Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase hero Doctor Dino, who is chasing down a hat-trick of international Group Ones. Doctor Dino drew barrier 15 and Gibson, while downcast at his own charge's ill fortune, took the opportunity to pay due respect to Viva Pataca. 'I saw Viva Pataca when we were in Hong Kong in December and I think he's a fantastic horse,' Gibson said. 'He's a little bit better off than we are but from what I saw of his turn of foot when he was unluckily beaten in the Hong Kong Cup, he's still a horse that we have to respect very much.' Of Hong Kong's other representatives at the world's richest race meeting, Floral Pegasus drew perfectly in gate three for the Dubai Duty Free (1,777m), while stablemate Bullish Luck was posted out in 13. The Sean Woods-trained Watch What Happens, to be ridden by Beadman, drew ideally in gate two, drawing a satisfied smile from the popular British horseman, who attended the draw with his brother, retired jockey Wendyll Woods.