There was no joy for Aidan O'Brien as Cross Counter secured his place in the record books to become the first British-trained winner of the Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

O'Brien saddled three horses at 'the race that stops a nation' - favourite Yucatan finished eleventh, Rostropovich came in fifth while Cliffs of Moher suffered a fatal injury to compound a miserable afternoon for the Ballydoyle trainer.

Joseph O'Brien. representing his father, said : "Unfortunately these things can happen to a horse galloping around a field at home.

"It's very sad but it could have been worse. Ryan (Moore) could have had a fall or someone else could have got injured."

Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Cross Counter swooped late to grab the Group One prize in the famous blue silks of owners Godolphin.

Fellow British runners Marmelo and Prince Of Arran secured the minor honours in a clean sweep for the raiding party.

Runaway set the early pace in the two-mile contest, with McEvoy content to sit towards the rear of the field and he had only a handful of horses behind him turning for home.

He had to switch wide to launch his challenge in the straight, with the Charlie Fellows-trained Prince Of Arran having set sail for home.

However, Cross Counter was flying in the final furlong and while Marmelo also tried to produce a winning sprint, he had no reply to McEvoy's mount.

McEvoy said: "What a thrill - to do it for Sheikh Mohammed and Charlie Appleby. Obviously Godolphin has been a huge supporter of mine. Well done to Charlie and this little horse.

"I was back a little bit further than I wanted, I knew I was full of running and at the furlong I thought 'is this happening again?'. I'm just lucky I can ride light and he's been unbelievably well prepared by Charlie Appleby."