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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13:25

Doncaster

Dr Sanderson

Best form on good/good to soft ground, triple hurdle winner, and although the switch to fences was anything but seamless last winter, he hardly put a foot wrong when impressing in 2m3f novice handicap at Plumpton in October, up 7lb, and this race is warmer, but still deserves plenty of respect.

14:25

Newbury

Count Meribel

Made a bright start to chase career in November 2018 over 2m4f on good, has shown his form only once in six starts since and has a bit to prove in a quality handicap of this competitiveness, but his unseat at Ascot one week ago was in the early stages and this does look a competitive mark.

16:30

Dundalk

Tham Luang

0-12 on the Flat but in good form in three of his four starts around here over the last couple of months, only beaten 3l when second of 14 over C&D last week and a repeat of that should put him in the mix.

19:45

Chelmsford

Fortune Finder

Showed ability on 1m4f debut for John Gosden in March and again when staying on to nab third late on in 1m course maiden in September, step back up in trip looks sure to suit and he appeals as a likely improver now making a quick switch to handicaps, interesting.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.