Crowds in full voice, bets and fancy outfits are some of the few certainties on a racecourse.
But come 1pm on Monday, June 1, the stands at Newcastle will be empty, as horse racing becomes the first major UK sport to resume since the coronavirus lockdown.
A raft of safety measures are in place, with 69 guidelines and procedures for its participants to follow.
Covid-19 temperature testing, a one-way system and face masks will be complied with ahead of the ten races.
"It has been a long road getting everything into place," said David Williams, executive director at Newcastle.
"We've been making sure the right processes and protocols are in place to make this a safe and successful day."
Attendees are strictly limited, with owners and bookmakers staying at home for now.
Sky Sports are broadcasting the ten-race card, with Newmarket's Guineas meeting on ITV later in the week.
Fixtures have been condensed in the racing calendar, but Royal Ascot remains in its usual slot (June 16-20).
A big betting event in itself, it is estimated more than £30million will be gambled as the sport makes its comeback this week.
"An awful lot of hard work has been done by many people in order for horse racing to be the first major sport to return in the UK," said Coral's David Stevens.
"This is one Monday when all eyes will be on Newcastle, as 120 runners line up in ten eagerly-anticipated races."
Here are some of the changes fans can expect to see...
RUNNERS AND RIDERS
Jockeys, trainers, stable staff and many officials will wear masks on raceday.
There will be a maximum of 12 runners in each race, which means some miss out as the meeting was oversubscribed.
Newcastle's Colonel Porter Bar has become a temporary changing room for jockeys, to allow social distancing.
Racing was previously shut down last year due to equine flu- and British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust said the experience helped in the latest preparations.
A private organisation will operate if a jockey or anyone else needs assistance on the day.
Apart from the necessary people required to assist each runner to compete, no-one else will be allowed to enter Gosforth Park.
Newcastle Racecourse is normally one of Britain’s busiest racecourses, hosting over 60 all-weather and jumps fixtures a year.
Its biggest meeting, the Northumberland Plate, attracts around 18,000 people through the gates.
BHA chief medical advisor, Dr Jerry Hill, has asked participants to comply with various protocols.
The screening process involves an online education module, questionnaire and a temperature check at the course.
Those who pass will be given a wristband and allowed entry to the racecourse.
If they leave the track at any point and wish to return, they will go through the process again.
WEIGHING ROOM AND PARADE RING
Social distancing measures have been mapped out in the weighing room, on the floor and using partitions.
Regular cleaning will take place in the area.
Only certain numbers of people will be allowed in the parade ring before a race.
Jockey Charlie Bishop said he was "really confident" that the measures would work well for him and his colleagues.
"I feel very confident about us coming back first because we have been planning this for over ten weeks, since racing was stopped," said Rust.
"The professionalism of the people in the sport means that I know we will be able to show the world how good we are at ensuring that we can do this in a safe way.”