This four-year-old Gelding will have to beat Stradivarius who is the best staying horse in the division winning his last six Group races in a row, landing the million pound bonus and this race last year.
However, Cross Counter is up there in this division and the further he seems to go in distance the better he is which makes hi very appealing in this Group 1.
Last season he landed the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood which really put him on the map as he broke the track record for that distance on the day.
From there he finished a narrow second to stablemate Old Persian in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur at the York Ebor meeting but from that day it showed he needed further.
Appleby obliged and sent him over to Australia for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup over 2 miles and he ran a stormer beating the other 23 horses to become the first British horse to win the race.
Now a stayer to be respected he started his campaign off this season in Meydan in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup and he landed that in style, with plenty in the tank.
The ground is due to be on the soft side come Thursday afternoon which he may handle better than a lot of the field and with the extra distance to play with he has to be feared.