BEN Melham has helped ease the nerves ahead of his ride on Cox Plate fancy Puissance De Lune.
The former Ballarat boy, who went to school at St Patrick's College, partnered the Peter Moody-trained Thermal Current for an impressive win in the group 3 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m).
Melham gained a late run up along the inside rail to collar favourite Not Listenin'tome.
"I'm actually waiting (for the pressure) to hit me, I've been pretty good," Melham said after the race.
"I'm certainly happy to be riding (Puissance De Lune) - I wouldn't want to be on anything else in the race. With the right sort of luck he should be hard to beat."
Melham's only other ride for the day - Wallbanger - finished ninth in the Inglis Banner (1000m).
Puissance De Lune, for Ballarat trainer Darren Weir, will jump from barrier eight in the group 1 feature (2040m) at 5.40pm.