The ‘real’ Grand National may have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, but ITV are broadcasting the Virtual Grand National at 5.00pm on Saturday evening so the country can still enjoy their annual betting fix.
How will it work?
Using the latest CGI technology, this special version of the race will feature the 40 horses and riders who were most likely to have run at Aintree in the real race. It will be a computer-simulated steeplechase, designed by Inspired Entertainment, who have as accurately as possible, designed all aspects of the race such as the course layout and the famous National fences.
The simulation is made up of mathematical algorithms using data taken from the horses’ previous performances. The outcome of the race will be decided using a number of factors, such as age, weight, form and weather conditions, but will also contain fallers and unseated riders.
The three previous Virtual Grand Nationals have been strikingly accurate, with Tiger Roll completing the virtual-real life double in 2018.
Can you bet on the Virtual Grand National?
You can bet on the Virtual Grand National, with leading bookmakers, such as Sky Bet, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral. More importantly, the bookies have pledged that all profits will be donated to NHS Charities to help in the battle to beat coronavirus.
2020 Virtual Grand National – market leaders
The real Tiger Roll is a legend of the sport having won the last two Grand Nationals, while the virtual Tiger Roll, won the Virtual Grand National in 2018. Can the virtual Tiger do it again off top weight? He’s the 5/1 favourite.
Any Second Now
The real version is trained by Ted Walsh, who knows how to win a Grand National, and owned by JP McManus, who also knows how to win a Grand National. Big chance if the data has been applied to the virtual version. Currently 10/1 second favourite.
A seven-year-old, so falls into an age category that has struggled in the real thing, but this is virtual. He is trained by a virtual genius, ridden by a virtual top jockey and is an improving virtual superstar having won the real Irish National last year. A strong 12/1 chance.
Was fancied by trainer, Brian Ellison, for the real thing and had been prepped for Aintree with a commanding win at Kelso recently. Despite being an 11-year-old, who have not been successful in recent years, he is a 14/1 shot.
In with a big chance. He won the Classic Chase at Warwick, form which is working out really well. Tipped to win by many ‘experts’ and is a very desirable 16/1 hope.
Walk In The Mill
Aintree specialist and fourth in the virtual Grand National last year. Another 16/1 chance with very strong each-way claims.
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