Mark Zahra has picked up the ride on the Anthony Freedman-trained triple Group One winner Santa Ana Lane in the VRC Sprint Classic.
Melham's ban starts after Tuesday when Melham rides veteran stayer Who Shot Thebarman in the Melbourne Cup, meaning he misses Thursday's VRC Oaks meeting and day four of the Flemington carnival on Saturday featuring the Group One Mackinnon Stakes and the Group One VRC Sprint Classic.
The Freedman stable confirmed Zahra's booking in a Twitter post on Sunday.
“Horse is in terrific order and we are looking forward to next Saturday,” Freedman Racing said.
Santa Ana Lane is high in the market for the VRC Sprint Classic at $8 with defending champion Redzel the $4.50 favourite.