Ed Dunlop has still not ruled out Red Cadeaux returning for a fourth attempt at winning the Emirates Melbourne Cup after his epic second-placed finish at Flemington on Tuesday.
The Newmarket trainer was glowing with pride for his seven-year-old, who also filled the runner-up spot in 2011 but shook off concerns about his big weight and form to finish just three-quarters of a length behind Fiorente.
"The owner loves the race and the horse has just run another brilliant race. It depends on how the horse is. I very much thought to myself before the race that maybe that would be the end of it all, but that hasn't happened so now we can dream of carrying on," said Dunlop.
Next stop will be either Japan Cup or the Hong Kong Vase, which the chestnut claimed last year.
"It was a pixel off being my greatest moment in racing," said Ed Dunlop ruefully. There was no disguising the trainer's disappointment after Red Cadeaux was denied victory in the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday by a nose, the narrowest margin in the race's 151-year history.
Had the local jockey Michael Rodd managed to force his mount's head home in front of Dunaden, Red Cadeaux would have become the first British horse to win one of the world's most famous races.
While connections of Red Cadeaux can be satisfied with $900,000 for running second, first place would have claimed $3.6million.
"I think he's OK but we'll find out in the next few days, he could go to the Japan Cup and then the Hong Kong Vase, those are the next plans if all is OK with him," he told RSN.
Irish raider Simenon, trained by Willie Mullins and owned by Nick Peacock, has the same two targets on his agenda after he finished fourth.
"He seems fine this morning, he ate up most of his food last night, and hopefully it's on to the Far East now," said Mullins' son, Patrick.
Fifth-placed Dandino is also heading for the Vase, according to owner Darren Dance, who told Australian racing channel TVN that he was disappointed with Ryan Moore's ride.
Dance said: "My summary is that the horse ran enormous. To come from second last on the corner to run fifth was outstanding, but at the 1000-metre mark he had the chance to get on the back of Fiorente. That's what cost us running second or third. I don't think we were going to beat Fiorente, he was just too good.
"I just thought our horse should have finished right with them, I think he should have run a place. It's disappointing when you draw four and you end up back near last behind slow horses and then you are left with too much to do."
French trainer Mikel Delzangles is also pondering the Japan Cup and the Vase for Dunaden, who finished 11th. Delzangles must first visit Racing Victoria Stewards on Friday as the 2011 Cup winner was administered prohibited medication on raceday.
The cut eighth-placed Brown Panther received does not appear to be too severe and owner Michael Owen tweeted: "It's been a great week in Melbourne. Would love to bring Brown Panther back for another tilt next year."