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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13:05

Chepstow

Bumpy Johnson

Racing Post – Easy bumper winner in October and did well to finish a close third on his hurdling debut the following month, given how moderately he jumped; needs to have tidied up that area and should go very close if he has.

14:10

Chepstow

Champagne Rhythm

Racing Post – Three very consistent displays, the latest pair over C&D, and deserves a change of fortune; very likely to perform up to his best again and high on the shortlist with conditions no problem.

14:30

Newbury

Heart Of A Lion

Racing Post – Emphatic win in Southwell bumper (1m7f, good); runner-up on last two attempts over hurdles; had wind surgery since and now goes handicapping off a lenient-looking mark; top connections; shortlisted.

15:35

Newbury

Onefortheroadtom

Racing Post – Came good at the 11th time of asking over fences at Fakenham (3m, good) in March; didn’t jump with much fluency in a competitive Ascot handicap on his reappearance but he wasn’t disgraced in seventh and Kevin Brogan takes a handy 5lb off here.

Returns and odds correct at time of publishing.