With Krug thriving, the Kentuckiana Lodge team aren’t taking a backward step as the star pacer approaches the Hondo Gratton at Menangle on Saturday night.

A guaranteed start in the Group One Chariots Of Fire awaits Krug and driver Jack Trainor if they are able to take out the mile feature.

From barrier 12, it won’t be a stroll in the park for the Cran and Chrissie Dalgety trained pacer.

But it is a challenge Cran thinks Krug can meet head on.

“It would have been nice to draw on the markers, but we are not complaining that’s for sure,” Cran said.

“Our horse is fit, healthy and ready to run a big race, so we haven't lost any sleep over the draw.”

“We go into the race with full confidence in the horse and with due respect to the opposition they probably haven’t raced up to the kind of accolades he has in the past.”

“We might have to do it the hard way but that’s the way it is.”

“I am sure he won’t disappoint anyone, he is ready to run a big race.”

Carter Dalgety has been overseeing Krug’s preparation in Sydney where so far the Kentuckiana Lodge runners are unbeaten.

Krug goes into Saturday night’s race after producing some sharp work and all signs point to him running a big race.

“I have been very happy with him this week,” Carter said.

“His work have been very good and he is feeling great.”

“He is looking very well in himself, too.”

“He has got a real glow in his coat and he seems to be thriving over here.”

The Hondo Gratton Stakes gets underway at 10.23pm New Zealand time.