York Racecourse will continue to make plans throughout the winter for the staging of the richest flat handicap in the Northern Hemisphere, the one million pound Skybet Ebor on the final day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival next August.
New stalls and ' win and you are in' races have already been revealed, and York's Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course, William Derby has been outlining the priorities over the next few months.
With almost exactly six months until racing returns to the Knavesmire for 2019, Sales and Marketing Director James Brennan updates the work going on behind the scenes as the countdown to next May already under way.
A maximum field of 20 will go to post for the £100,000 Coral Sprint Trophy, the highlight of the final day of York's 2018 season on saturday.
It's a typically competitive 6 furlong dash, with three Yorkshire yards of Tim Easterby, Richard Fahey and Kevin Ryan responsible for half the field.
Ayr Gold Cup third Flying Pursuit is one of the leading hopes and will again be ridden by Rachel Richardson, who has enjoyed considerable success through the years in races such as this down the York straight.
She's been speaking with Mike Vince
James looks to October's meeting