Skyward (Image: Racing Photos)
Champion jockey Glen Boss will have a significant say in where Skyward next runs after he gallops the import on Saturday morning.
The in-form Boss will head to Cranbourne to partner the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained galloper, who still holds a nomination for the Lexus Melbourne Cup.
Currently 31st in the order of entry for Tuesday's race, Skyward is unlikely to gain a start in the final field.
Connections have paid up for the five-year-old, with a lucrative bonus on offer for the horse if it fails to get a start in the Lexus Melbourne Cup and goes on to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
But Young told Racing.com that's not a foregone conclusion.
"We did put that final payment in because if you do end up going to the Queen Elizabeth then you do get that extra $200,000 bonus. So we were mindful of that," Young said.
"We've got Glen Boss coming in on Saturday morning. He is going to have a little gallop on him and we will just be guided a little bit by (him).
"Whether we go to the Queen Elizabeth or Mackinnon. It will be interesting to see how he thinks how sharp he is."
Skyward has had one run in Australia, finishing 2.4 lengths behind Steel Prince in the Geelong Cup.
However, Young said there were excuses for that performance.
"His bloods weren't perfect going into the Geelong Cup," she said.
"It might have been the fact he was settling into another environment. He'd only been out four days from quarantine.
"We took a blood this week and its back absolutely perfect. It's spot on and he's back bouncing around.
"We had him out at Seaford beach a couple of days this week, just really getting a bit of spark in him and he's really showing it. He looks great.
"I think we will see the real Skyward at his next start."