But Marmelo's trainer Hugh Morrison was happy with his horse's effort after English-based gallopers ran first, second and third despite never having won the Cup before.
"It's fantastic to be second in a Melbourne Cup, but to be second when you nearly won [is hard]," Morrison said. "You've got to give credit to [Cross Counter's trainer] Charlie [Appleby] and I thought his was the horse to worry about."
Irish horse The Cliffsofmoher was the fifth horse to die from a Melbourne Cup-related incident in the past six years when he fractured a shoulder passing the winning post the first time.
Avilius, trained by James Cummings, collided heavily with The Cliffsofmoher after having earlier been the victim of an attempted bite from Marmelo, and beat only one runner home of those which completed the course.