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Cross Counter is bang on course in his attempt to provide Charlie
Appleby with another Longines Irish Champions Weekend success in the Comer
Group International Irish St Leger tomorrow week.
Appleby and Godolphin teamed up 12 months ago at the Curragh with Quorto in the
Group 1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, a race they are targeting with
Pinatubo this year.
And he will be joined on the boat over by Cross Counter, who is aiming for his
first Group 1 win in the Curragh Classic.
The son of Teofilo entered racing immortality when taking the Melbourne Cup
last year and two excellent performances at the top level behind Stradivarius
this summer advertised that he is as consistent and as well as ever.
Appleby said: "Cross Counter is fit and well and he has produced two solid
performances since winning in Dubai in March.
"You have Stradivarius, Dee Ex Bee and Cross Counter finishing in the
first three at Goodwood and they are the established stayers this side of the
water. When they bring their 'A' game, it is cracking staying racing.
"Cross Counter has been really consistent. The Melbourne Cup can be really
tough on horses but he has kept performing.
"Dropping back in distance does not worry me at the Curragh: he held the
track record around Goodwood over a mile and a half."
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