The Queen’s Plate is held annually at Woodbine in Toronto, a synthetic footing that provides a challenge to handicappers who need to eye a horse that can thrive on the Tapeta surface at the track. While the event is run on the unique synthetic footing, the Queen’s Plate itself is run at the classic mile and one-quarter distance that all horse bettors should be familiar with.
As part of Canada’s Triple Crown, the Queen’s Plate is limited to three-year bred, Canadian horses. The Queen’s Plate is also North America’s oldest continuously run horse race, which adds to the tradition and anticipation for Canada’s crown jewel event of the horse racing schedule. If you are going to bet on one horse race a year, the Queen’s Plate is the race that deserves your wager.
2018 Queen’s Plate
Canada’s most famous horse race is set to take place on July 2 as a highlight of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. The first leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, the Queen’s Plate is Canada’s biggest horse race and attracts the biggest betting action of the year in the Great White North.
Like the Kentucky Derby, the Queen’s Plate shares the spotlight with the two other legs of a Triple Crown. However, nothing grabs the spotlight like the opening event and with this year’s event taking place on the weekend of Canada’s historic 150th-year celebrations it will be one of the biggest horse races in the history of the country.
Queen’s Plate Betting Offers
For Canadians who can’t make it to Woodbine for the event, UK’s offshore sportsbooks provide the best opportunity and value to get in on the big race. Bet365 and William Hill both offer sign up bonuses to first-time bettors at their sportsbook. Canadian based sportsbook Sports Interaction is also another option for those who would like to support a book based in the country.
Following are a sample of books that offer sign up bonuses for first-time bettors who would like to take a punt on the Queen’s Plate:
- Sports Interaction: 100% sign up bonus up to $125
- Bet365: 100% sign up bonus up to $200
- William Hill: 100% sign up bonus up to $100
Queen’s Plate Odds
Following are the current Queen’s Plate Odds as of June 27, 2018 (per Daily Racing Forum)
- Holy Helena: 3/1
- Channel Maker: 4/1
- Guy Cabalerro: 5/1
- King and His Court: 6/1
- Tiz a Slam: 8/1
- Inflexibility: 10/1
- State of Honor: 12-1
- Malibu Secret: 12-1
- Aurora Way: 15-1
- Megagray: 20-1
Queen’s Plate Quick Betting Tips
Those who are capping the Queen’s Plate should take note of the finishes at the Plate Trial event where several of the horses expected to be in the field showcased their ability on the Tapeta synthetic turf surface. Guy Caballero won the Plate Trial in his second race of the year and is the horse to monitor if you value past performances on the surface, while second favourite Channel Maker finished second in his Tapeta appearance in the Grand 3 Marine after not running in the Plate Trial race.
Those who value form and favourites should take a look at Holy Helena, who ran to a dominant performance at Woodbine Oaks in her third ever race. At 3-1 the oddsmakers were clearly impressed, but Holy Helena has tough competition in a field that has a crowded list of horses near the top of the odds table. An odds table that includes former Canadian two-year-old champion King and His Court, who was runner-up in the Plate Trial and is generously priced at 6/1 at the moment per the latest odds.
At the long shot price, Aurora Way appears to be the best value after a Plate Trial win in an eye-popping debut. With proven speed on the Tapera at Woodbine, 15-1 is worth a shot on the hope that the Chiefswood Stable horse can put up a repeat performance to snag the Plate Trial and the main event at the Queen’s Plate to earn the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
If you are seeking even more Queen Plate’s betting information, you can go to our dedicated 2018 Queen’s Plate Betting Tips page.
How To Place a Queen’s Plate
Those who look to bet on the Queen’s Plate have three options. One is securing a ticket to the event and betting in-person at the Woodbine track in Toronto. The second option is visiting an OTB and getting in on the action there as the other non-online option to stake a wager on the race.
However, the most popular and easiest option to bet on the Queen’s Plate is to place a wager at an online sportsbook. With online sports betting’s popularity growing and growing, the best way to get into the action will be to choose an online website, make a deposit and stake your wager from the comfort of your mobile device or laptop.