Potters Corner was the winner of the 2020 Virtual Grand National, with Tiger Roll having to settle for a fourth-placed finish. With the Randox Health Grand National Festival cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, ITV broadcasted a CGI alternative on Saturday evening to satiate horse racing fans.
And the winner of the Welsh National back in December, it was the 18-1 Potters Corner – trained in Wales by Christian Williams – who came out on top.
He was pushed hard but just saw off the challenge of Walk In the Mill, with Any Second Now in third.
Favourite Tiger Roll ended fourth after being unable to cling on to the lead once shock frontrunner Aso fell two fences from the finish.
That result saw 17-year-old Jack Tudor crowned the winning jockey in the lifelike simulation, which pitted 40 runners against one another using CGI technology and special algorithms.
Had the race taken place in real life, victory would have made him the youngest triumphant rider since 1938.
The bookmakers’ profits of the virtual race will go to NHS Charities Together to help the UK’s fight against the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 in this country.
Gordon Elliot’s Tiger Roll had been chasing an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the famous steeplechase but tailed off towards the end.
In the other virtual race of the night, the Race of Champions, the unforgettable three-time winner Red Rum ran home first. Tiger Roll came third, behind Manifesto.
Virtual Grand National results
1) Potter’s Corner 18/1
2) Walk in the mill 16/1
3) Any Second Now 10/1
4) Tiger Roll 5/1
5) Burrow’s Saint 12/1