Fate threw the HK$12 million Champions Mile a tantalising curve ball, but the principals for the $14 million Audemars Piguet QE II Cup remained unanimously relaxed after the barrier draws yesterday. It was steady as she goes for connections of QE II Cup favourites Viva Pataca (gate one) and defending holder Archipenko (gate two), while assistant to Luca Cumani, Charlie Henson, said barrier eight would not be 'critical' to backmarker Presvis 'This horse can be a little handier than you might think, but I wouldn't want him too close,' said Henson. However, Andreas Schutz said the draw had changed the game for Champions Mile favourite Good Ba Ba, who drew near the outside of the field. 'I'm not so concerned about my horse drawing 10 as I am with other horses getting such good draws - Egyptian Ra in barrier one worries me,' said Schutz. 'He's going to get a very easy lead and there's nothing to take him on. Meanwhile, we might have to go a bit further back than we'd like in order to get cover. I'm not that excited about the draw.' The likelihood of a solo lead for Egyptian Ra recalls the Tony Cruz-trained gelding's victories over Good Ba Ba in the International Mile Trial and Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup when able to steal a commanding break. 'That's fantastic,' said a delighted Cruz. 'The rail is a big asset to this horse. He'll be going to the front and calling out 'catch me if you can' and no-one could ride him better than Felix Coetzee.' Cruz's QE II runners, Danesis and Bullish Cash, drew four and nine respectively. Jockey Darren Beadman was unconcerned by gate one for Viva Pataca, whose last international tilt in the Hong Kong Cup last December saw him badly pocketed. 'In this race last year we drew out and had to work going to the first turn and struck trouble, so in or out has its advantages and disadvantages,' Beadman said. 'The important thing is that he needs cover to switch off and he'll get that. In the Mile, seven is good for Collection - I'll have some options.' The Mike de Kock-trained Archipenko and Imbongi (Mile, gate three) drew well and he and jockey Kevin Shea were enthusiastic about both draws. 'It's perfect for 'Archie',' Shea said. 'I can be in the right spot from the word go, tucking in behind the leaders.' John Size dominates the Champions Mile in terms of numbers with more than a third of the field, but was left wishing he could redistribute his barriers after More Bountiful drew gate four and Armada (11), Sight Winner (9) and Unique Jewellery (8) all drew wider. 'Considering their styles, they all could have drawn better,' he said. 'More Bountiful is the only one drawn in, but of the four he's probably the one who could have handled a little wider as he needs to settle.' Visiting Australian trainer John Hawkes (Dao Dao) was thrilled to draw gate two for the Mile, while Carlos Laffon-Parias, who has Chinchon in barrier five in the Cup, said: 'He can adapt, but I'm hoping for enough pace that Olivier Doleuze can ride a waiting race.'