Wolverhampton star David Howe defends his title in the Banks's Olympique at Monmore Green tonight - but the unique format makes this an event that is wide open.
Howe is joined in the line-up by all of his Wolves teammates, several other club assets, Grand Prix stars and a couple of newcomers to the British scene in one of the country's most famous individual meetings.
It is the only regular handicap meeting to take place, with riders' results in one race determining their starting position in their next outing - the better the result, the further back they are handicapped.
Consequently, the prospects of a rider dominating throughout are extremely remote and top visiting stars Scott Nicholls (Coventry) and Hans Andersen (Ipswich) in particular are expected to threaten.
Wolves have one more meeting at Monmore Green this season, which will be the second leg of the Midland Cup against Elite League champions Coventry, with the first leg at Brandon on Friday.
The battle for local pride looks likely to feature a new format in the closing stages of the meetings, with two nominated races staged over a sequence of one-lap dashes.
Both teams are out of the end-of-season Craven Shield competition although Wolves have an outstanding Elite League fixture at bottom club Oxford to be arranged before the end of the month.
Coventry were knocked out of the Shield on Friday, beaten on aggregate by Peterborough and Poole. Their pre-meeting title celebrations may have contributed towards them making a slow start from which they were unable to recover.
Former Bees captains Ole Olsen, Tommy Knudsen, John Jorgensen and Andreas Jonsson were present to help the club celebrate their first title since 1988 but by the end of the night deposed champions Poole were celebrating the group victory.
Coventry co-boss Peter Oakes said: "It was very difficult for everyone to get focused soon enough. There are no great complaints about that, though, because if you win the League you and the fans have got to celebrate it.
"If we could have started at heat eight we would probably have gone through but we would all certainly take winning the League and going out of the Craven Shield in the semi-finals.
"The League is the big prize and I've got no complaints about the riders. Our success has been based on having seven riders in the team whilst Peterborough and Poole were stronger with the six-man format, but full credit to Poole because they kept their heads."
Coventry have announced plans to complete their season on October 28 with a unique Challenge match between the Bees and a League Select - with the proceeds going to the Coventry team.
Owner Avtar Sandhu said: "We won't take any profit from the night and the only costs will be to pay the stadium staff. I wanted to do something different to reward the team and this has gone down really well with the riders."