The jockey who rode Black Caviar in her first Group 1 win has designs on capitalising on another rider's misfortune in the Cox Plate.
Ben Melham rides Puissance De Lune in tomorrow's $3 million race at Moonee Valley in identical circumstances to the first and only time he rode Black Caviar.
He filled in for a suspended Luke Nolen when Black Caviar won the 2010 Patinack Farm Classic and says he is in the enviable position to fill some big shoes again.
This time he takes over from Glen Boss, Puissance De Lune's regular jockey who is serving a suspension out of the Caulfield Cup.
"It would be a dream come true if it did happen," Melham said.
"But I'm certainly on the right horse to make it happen."
The Darren Weir-trained Puissance De Lune is expected to put in a peak performance tomorrow after winning the P.B. Lawrence Stakes and finishing runner-up in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes and Turnbull Stakes in two of his other three spring outings.
The horse is yet to win a Group 1 but Melham is bullish about his prospects after partnering the grey galloper in trackwork for the first time this week.
He said it was "a huge thrill" to get the opportunity.
"It's the sort of stuff that as a jockey coming through the ranks you dream of getting on a live hope in big races," Melham said.
"He's probably going to nearly go around as favourite and I worked him the other morning and he gave me an exceptional feel.
"His action was faultless and he's in the right hands."
Melham said how he rides Puissance De Lune would depend on how the track was racing during the two-day Moonee Valley carnival.
The entire will appreciate give in the track, which he should get despite an upgrade yesterday.
Melham said he wasn't feeling any pressure.
"I don't really feel pressure too much, but in saying that I've never been on a Cox Plate favourite," he said.
"I'm OK now and hopefully it's the same Cox Plate day."