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.
Queen’s Plate Festival 2019 Predictions & Betting Odds – Horse Racing Picks
The 160th running of Canada’s most famous horse race, the $1 million Queen’s Plate takes place at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Saturday, June 29. It is the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
The race is the highlight of Woodbine’s Queen’s Plate Festival and is North America’s oldest continuously-run stakes event, featuring Canada’s top three-year-old thoroughbred.
The Queen’s Plate is run over 1 1/4-miles on the Woodbine main track and it would appear likely that Avie’s Flatter will go into the race as the +300 bookies favourite of the prospective field of 12 horses.
Owned and bred by Ivan Dalos’ Tall Oaks Farm, Avie’s Flatter has won more than $250,000 during his debut juvenile campaign that included back-to-back wins in the Cup and Saucer Stakes over 1-1/16 miles of turf and the Coronation Futurity over 1-1/8 miles on the synthetic Tapeta surface.
Trainer Josie Carroll said she was most impressed by the colt’s versatility winning on both the turf and synthetic surfaces and he regards Avie’s Flatter as, “a pretty special horse”.
Other Queen’s Plate Runners & Contenders
Other horses set to be among the leading contenders in the Queen’s Plate betting odds include Coronation Futurity runner-up Federal Law (+400) and the as yet undefeated Skywire (both trained by Mark Casse), Desert Ride (the one filly set to feature in the race) and Awesome Wok N Roll.
As one would expect of Canada’s most famous horse race, it looks to be a competitive field of runners and a wide-open race, which certainly doesn’t make it easy in terms of making any Queen’s Plate predictions.
However, there’s plenty of reasons to like Avie’s Flatter, including the fact that Carroll has trained past Queen’s Plate champions Edenwold (2006) and Inglorious (2011) during her career and that the colt is out of the Sovereign Award-nominated broodmare Avie’s Empire and and is a half-brother to last year’s Wonder Where Stakes winner, Avie’s Mineshaft.
The latest Queen’s Plate betting odds on the race are unavailable at the time of writing, but Avie’s Flatter is the tip.
Pick: Queen’s Plate Festival 2019 Winner – Avie’s Flatter
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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 to 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 $200
- Bet365: 100% sign up bonus up to $200
- William Hill: 100% sign up bonus up to $100
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.
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.