Bookies set to announce plans to bet on televised ‘Virtual Grand National’ with profits going to NHS charities battling coronavirus
- Virtual Grand National will be shown on ITV1 at 5:15pm on Saturday afternoon
- In world devoid of live sport, interest and viewing figures could match real thing
- Bookmakers do not want to be seen to profit at such a testing time globally
- So handing profits to NHS while it fights against COVID-19 is ideal scenario
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The Virtual Grand National will be shown on ITV1 at 5.15pm on Saturday with the possibility that, in a world devoid of live sport, interest and viewing figures could at least match the real thing.
Sportsmail understands that discussions have taken place between major bookmakers via the Betting & Gaming Council.
Punters could have the chance to bet on the Virtual Grand National with the real one off
Anyone placing winning bets will be paid but bookmakers do not want to be seen to profit at such a sensitive time.
Handing profits to such a worthy charity as the NHS while it leads the fight against COVID-19 is the ideal scenario.
It is understood agreement has been sought so that all bookmakers offer the same prices and terms. There is also likely to be a maximum bet of £10.
The NHS could be given profits made by bookmakers to help the fight against coronavirus
The 40 runners and riders for the Virtual Grand National should be published in the next 24 hours.
They will be headed by Tiger Roll who would have been attempting to become the first horse to win the race for three consecutive years if the race had been run at Aintree.
The virtual race will use the latest CGI technology and algorithms to produce a result based on data including the runners’ form and going preferences.