Top apprentice Jake Noonan snapped a frustrating run of outs in town with a family victory in the Travis Harrison Cup at Caulfield on Saturday.
Noonan went into the apprentices' only event over 1600m full of confidence Sussuro ($5) could get the job done.
The four-year-old mare didn't disappoint, sprinting quickly down the outside to win by 3-1/4 lengths.
Sussuro is trained by Noonan's father Tony at Mornington.
Noonan said it was his first city winner since he guided Zabeelionaire to a Caulfield victory in April.
"When you go a while without winners you can't help but doubt yourself," Noonan said.
"I'm sure I haven't done anything wrong though, but winners bring confidence."
The apprentice said words of encouragement from champion jockey Glen Boss during the week gave him the right mindset to back his own ability and judgment at Caulfield.
"I took a bit of advice from Bossy during the week and just thought, `I've got to back myself a bit more in the run when I come to town' because I know I'm good enough to do it," Noonan said.
"She usually gets ridden back but today she landed in a good spot and I just backed myself from there.
"I was confident a long way out."
Sussuro defeated Roccin Jo with The Long Road three-quarters of a length further back in third.