Following his gutsy third to Stradivarius, the same position he occupied in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, Charlie Appleby confirmed that Cross Counter is likely to return to the scene of his greatest triumph and defend his Melbourne Cup crown later this year. He said: "We always had it in the back of our minds that we could hopefully go back to the Melbourne Cup with him, and that is still firmly there. "We will see how Cross Counter comes out of this race and we might take in the Irish St Leger before returning to Melbourne. "You won't see these class of stayers all over the world, so for Cross Counter to be mixing it with Stradivarius and Dee Ex Bee shows that he still holds his ability and his enthusiasm. "He has strengthened this year. He was a well-handicapped horse when winning last year's Melbourne Cup." Reflecting further on Cross Counter’s performance yesterday, Appleby added: "I am pleased because, at the end of the day, when you go out there and try and beat Stradivarius you know you are punching high. "Cross Counter has gone and run a very creditable race - when he travelled into contention from the three-furlong marker to the two, I thought we were in the right position to be able to serve it up to Stradivarius, but he is just too good. "Someone standing next me said he wished the race was a furlong further - I replied that we tried four furlongs further at Ascot and we still couldn't beat Stradivarius, who is a supreme champion. It was a great race to watch and great for racing."
In early Melbourne Cup betting Cross Counter is the $15 favourite. Check out the latest 2019 Melbourne betting market.
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