England – The 2020 Grand National was expected to take place tomorrow; a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, but has been cancelled due to the escalating coronavirus pandemic.
The event was due to be sponsored by Randox Health as part of an agreement signed in 2016 for the company to sponsor the race for five years and the cancellation marked the first time since World War II.
However, a televised Virtual Grand National is to replace the famous horse race with forty runners who would have been most likely to line up will take part using CGI technology and special algorithms.
Punters can bet on the virtual horse race, which is the third virtual contest to be held in the last 3 years that has a good record of predicting the outcome, up to a maximum of £10 and profits will be donated to the national health service to assist with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Executive producer of the virtual grand national Rob McLoughlin commented:
“We use the latest CGI technology and algorithms and were ready to go ahead as a forerunner to the big race, but now we want to cheer the nation up and ask the computer if history could have been made.”
Steve Rogers of virtual sports animation firm Inspired Entertainment also said:
“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 the Tiger, in 2019.”
Latest Virtual Grand National betting odds:
Tiger Roll (5/1), Any Second Now (10/1), Burrows Saint (12/1), Definitly Red (14/1), Walk In The Mill (16/1), Kimberlite Candy (16/1), Potters Corner (18/1), Magic Of Light (18/1), Anibale Fly (20/1), Elegant Escape (20/1), Bristol De Mai (20/1), Ok Corral (25/1), Ballyoptic (25/1), Talkischeap (25/1), Alpha Des Obeaux (25/1), Pleasant Company (28/1), Yala Enki (28/1), Acapella Bourgeois (33/1), Vintage Clouds (33/1), Sub Lieutenant (33/1), Beware The Bear (33/1), Jury Duty (40/1), The Storyteller (40/1), Total Recall (40/1), Top Ville Ben (45/1), Death Duty (50/1), Kildisart (50/1), Dounikos (50/1), Lake View Lad (50/1), Jett (50/1), Saint Xavier (66/1), Valtor (66/1), Ramses De Teillee (66/1), Shattered Love (66/1), Crievehill (66/1), Peregrine Run (66/1), Aso (66/1), Warriors Tale (80/1), Tout Est Permis (80/1), Double Shuffle (100/1).