The leads ups are over and now it's time for Kentuckiana Lodge superstar Krug to get serious at Menangle on Saturday night.
The four-year-old starts from barrier 3 in the $A250,000 Group One Chariots Of Fire for trainers Cran and Chrissie Dalgety and driver Jack Trainor.
Cran has touched down in Sydney after completing his commitments at the New Zealand Yearling Sales.
Krug comes into the event after running second to Chariots rival Rock N Roll Doo in last week’s Paleface Adios Stakes.
The pacer was beaten on his merits in slower time than his first up win at Menangle last month.
That time told the Kentuckiana Camp everything they needed to know ahead of this week’s race.
“We don’t like to make any excuses or take away from the winner who is a good horse in his own right," Cran said.
“But he missed a run with the incident two weeks ago which set his preparation back a touch.”
"He ran faster time in his first up win and he is capable of much better."
“Since last week’s race he has taken huge benefit and he goes in at the peak of his powers.”
“So we will be there to give it our best shot and we can’t get him any better than he is right now.”
“While he is in a very good field, we expect him to race accordingly.”
Krug has clinched a huge barrier draw advantage over several of his rivals in Saturday night’s feature in barrier 3.
It seems unlikely any horse on his outside could cross him, but where he sits in the running could be decided by the two horses drawn to his inside.
“The tactics will be left up to Jack but we won’t be coming out with the handbrake on, put it that way.”
“It’s a long way to come to be unlucky, so we will be giving it our best."
“Anyone who has watched his races knows about his gate speed, which I am sure will give us a good advantage at the start.”
Earlier on the Menangle card, Remember Me steps out in a heat of the NSW Oaks for the Dalgety-Trainor combination.
Unbeaten in Australia, the blueblood filly is a huge chance of keeping that record intact on Friday night.
“She is in magnificent order, both horses are, Carter has done a super job with them.”
“I am just the trackwork driver who has flown in to put the icing on the cake a few days out.”
“But in all seriousness, I can see marked improvement in her since she left New Zealand.”
"We have said all along she is a filly that continues to improve with every race."
“She is going to race very well, she is in the zone and it will take a good one to beat her.”
Remember Me clashes with Madrid who she beat home in the Raith Memorial at Menangle two starts ago.