Virtual Grand National To Be Aired By ITV Racing

Whilst we’ve lost out on the real Grand National and all the anticipation of Tiger Roll’s possible 3 in a row attempt, we can at least be thankful that we have an alternative to look forward to: The Virtual Grand National!

Following the cancellation of the actual physical event due to the Coronavirus pandemic, ITV Racing has announced a virtual simulation of the event will be shown. The race is to be broadcast on April 4 at 17:00 and will involve the 40 runners who would have been most likely to participate so we could yet see the VIRTUAL Tiger Roll get a win. The race is worked out via CGI technology and special algorithms.

It’s very sad not to have the real race, but Inspired’s virtual race is fascinating and fun and has proven since 2017 to be incredibly accurate.

It is brave to preview the most unpredictable race of all, but also great fun. In these difficult times we want the public to simply enjoy the race that sadly never was and think about what might have been.”

Rob McLoughlin, Executive Producer

In 2017, Cause Of Causes won the Virtual Grand National and came a close second in the real race hours later.”

The 2018 result was breathtaking as Tiger Roll won both in almost identical circumstances and the computer chose three of the top five finishers, including Tiger Roll, in 2019.

My team have been working round the clock to make this year even more realistic than ever, and we can’t wait to screen the Red Rum versus Tiger Roll match. It’s terrific TV.”

Steve Rogers, chief commercial officer for Virtual Sports at Inspired

How can I watch the race?

The Virtual Grand National will be shown live on ITV at 5pm this Saturday, April 4.

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13:00

Wexford

Good Reception

Not disgraced on Punchestown bumper debut in June 2019 when sent off 7-1 and finishing eighth of 18, but didn’t progress as hoped when disappointing at Ballinrobe (SP 7-2) later that summer; however, got back on track when 50-1 on return from a year off, coming home well for second in weak maiden hurdle; leading player here.

13:15

Newton Abbot

Bob Pebble

Promising second in an Irish bumper last September but outpaced in the closing stages when third on last month’s stable debut at this course; likely to find opportunities over hurdles and serious threat if all goes well.

13:45

Newton Abbot

Hiconic

Has proved a revelation over hurdles this summer and completed a hat-trick in good style at Stratford two weeks ago; has a 21lb penalty to defy but might still be up to the task given the manner of her wins.

14:30

Wexford

Scotsmans Bay

Was running a decent race at Limerick last time when unseating rider two out, having moved into third place; if avoiding errors today then he can run well.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.