“Layered on top of this, an element of AI is involved in how the horses move around the course, how they jump fences and how they interact with each other.
“Then, as always with the Grand National, there is an element of unpredictability, which makes it so fascinating.”
How accurate is the Virtual Grand National?
The Virtual Grand National was first staged in 2017 and it boasts a good record of results when compared to the actual race.
Cause of Causes won the inaugural virtual race and finished second in the actual Grand National.
Six of the first 10 finishers in the virtual race also secured top-10 finishes in the real thing.