The wildcard for the Wembley Masters will be announced at some point between the qualifiers later this month and the UK Championship.
Therefore, Ricky Walden has to be considered the outstanding favourite to receive an invite.
He did, after all, win the Shanghai Masters with victories over Stephen Hendry, Neil Robertson, Steve Davis, Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan.
I’d be surprised if Ricky is overlooked but it is not impossible. There are a number of other leading contenders as well.
Judd Trump impressed in a BBC tournament (which of course the Masters is as well) by beating O’Sullivan before losing to John Higgins in the Grand Prix semi-finals.
Liang Wenbo brought his exciting, ultra attacking style of play to the World Championship and got all the way to the quarter-finals.
Former top 16 stars Dave Harold and Matthew Stevens have appeared in ranking tournament finals while veteran Steve Davis has found a bit of form.
But surely Walden is the leading contender for a Wembley place.
And he’s just the sort of player who could do some damage there come January.