The first leg of Canada’s Triple Queen, the Queen’s Plate is set to take centre stage during the country’s 151th birthday celebrations this Sunday to end the Canada Day weekend. With a special Canada 151 running of the country’s most prestigious horse race will undoubtedly draw more attention than recent years and thus, more betting action on the race of the summer.
Like the Kentucky Derby, the Queen’s Plate sets the tone for the Triple Crown hype and nothing beats the anticipation of the first leg. Held at the pristine Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and its Tapeta synthetic turf, this race draws more action from casual bettors than any other race as the highest bet event of the horse racing year in Canada. With the best three-year-old, Canadian-bred horses in the field, this year’s expected runners are as deep as any running and the odds reflect the parity in the field. An impressive six horses at under 10/1 odds in the field showcases a field of horses likely to take the race to the wire. Hopefully making for an exciting finish in a race known for more than one famous runs to the wire in its long history.
Holy Helena and Channel Maker Battle As Pre-Weekend Favourites at Queen’s Plate
The Queen’s Plate board is tight, but two horses still stand out as leaders of the pack. Favourite Holy Helena and second favourite are the two lone horses with odds under 5/1 and are expected to be neck and neck on Sunday after impressive races in their tune-ups to the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Holy Helena – listed at 4-1 per Bet365’s latest odds – dominated what was just the third career start for the Stronach Stables bred horse in her test run before the Plate. With that convincing Woodbines Oak win under her belt, the hype for Holy Helena has only grown in the build to the weekend. With wins in the last two of her three lone races, Holy Helena has the results to back up the lofty expectations. If the Queen’s Plate is claimed, expect there to be buzz of a potential Triple Crown, but first is the task at hand and the first leg as a favourite.
The closest competition to Holy Helena’s buzz will be Channel Maker, who is listed at 7/2 and is the oddsmaker’s nod as the most likely horse to make a run at the highly touted Stronach Stables thoroughbred. Channel Maker was the highest finisher amongst four horses in the Queen’s Plate in May 28’s Grand 3 Marine in a second-placed finish behind the favourite in Souper Tait. That performance vaulted trainer William Mott’s horse into the discussion alongside Holy Helena as the main contender entering Sunday’s race. Channel Maker lacks a pre-Plate win, but with a strong running amongst a large percentage of the field, it is believed the best chance to unseat Holy Helena is through the Marine runner-up.
Queen’s Plate Betting: Aurora Way Has Longshot Value
For punters eyeing a tip at long odds, Aurora Way is worth a look after a debut race in the Plate Trial where the Chiefswood Stable thoroughbred entered the Winner’s Circle on the Woodbine synthetic turf. With a winning debut at Woodbine, there is value in taking a risk on the inexperienced horse replicating the performance on the big stage and shocking the nation with an upset win over the more proven field of three-year-old horses.
2018 Queen’s Plate Betting Tips
Holy Helena: 4/1
Aurora Way: 20/1