Tiger Roll may have to wait until 2021 to try and make history and join Red Rum as a three-time Grand National champion – but he could still be a virtual winner this weekend. This year’s the Aintree spectacle was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, allowing the Virtual Grand National to take centre stage.
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has seen all racing Britain suspended until at least the end of April.
But with use of the latest CGI technology and algorithms, fans will be treated to a virtual edition of the race.
Additionally, all profits from bets placed on today’s virtual Grand National will be donated to NHS charities.
Davy Russell would again have been the man in the saddle on Tiger Roll.
“It’s a great way of creating money for the NHS,” said Davy Russell, who rode Tiger Roll to success in 2018 and 2019.
“It’s great they are distributing the profits that way and it’s pleasing to hear the NHS are going to benefit from it, so that’s brilliant.
“It’s tough times, there are a lot of people sitting at home and hopefully it will give them something to enjoy and watch.”
Speaking about what would have been Tiger Roll’s bid for history, the Irish jockey added: “He ran a blinder at Cheltenham, on ground that wouldn’t have suited. Easysland that beat him there is no bad horse, either.
Can I watch the Virtual Grand National for free?
There is a way for fans to watch today’s Virtual Grand National free of charge.
Live television coverage will be shown by ITV throughout the UK, with the programme beginning at 5pm.
This means fans will be able to live stream the action via the ITV Hub app at no cost.
Free streaming is also available on the broadcaster’s website.