Virtual Grand National: Runners and riders as Tiger Roll heads betting

Aintree Racecourse may be unusually empty this week as coronavirus lockdown continues, but racing fans will get the chance to bet on the day.

Computer systems are poised for the 2020 Virtual Grand National on Saturday, when the real big race was due to be held.

Instead of 40 horses and jockeys lining up at the starting tape, they will compete in computerised form on ITV at 5.15pm.

The virtual version, which takes in all sorts of variables, has been a good indicator to the real result each year since it began in 2017.

There will also be a special Race of Champions, with featuring multiple winners Red Rum and Tiger Roll alongside 38 others.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 Virtual Grand National:

The runners and riders

The race will feature the 40 horses and riders who were most likely to run in the Aintree spectacular.

It will answer the key question in racing; could Tiger Roll have won the 2020 race and entered the history books as a three-time back-to-back winner?

Red Rum is the only horse to win as many renewals, in 1973, 1974 and 1977. He finished runner-up in the two intervening years.

This is the list of virtual runners and riders taking part on Saturday, with the 'weight' they are carrying and their betting odds:

Runner Number

Name

Jockey

Odds

Weight

1

Tiger Roll

Davy Russell

5

11-10

2

Bristol De Mai

Daryl Jacob

20

11-8

3

Aso

Charlie Deutsch

66

11-2

4

Elegant Escape

Jonjo O’Neill Jr.

20

11-2

5

Anibale Fly

Barry Geraghty 

20

11-2

6

Top Ville Ben

Tom Dowson

45

11-2

7

Beware The Bear

Jerry McGrath

33

11-0

8

Peregrine Run

Kevin Sexton

66

10-13

9

Jett

Sam Waley-Cohen 

50

10-13

10

Alpha Des Obeaux

Richard Johnson

25

10-13

11

Total Recall

Paul Townend

40

10-13

12

The Storyteller

Keith Donoghue

40

10-12

13

Magic Of Light

Robbie Power

18

10-12

14

Talkischeap

Tom Cannon

25

10-11

15

Yala Enki

Bryony Frost

28

10-11

16

Ballyoptic

Sam Twiston-Davies

25

10-11

17

Burrows Saint

Rachael Blackmore

12

10-10

18

Definitly Red

Brian Hughes 

14

10-10

19

Sub Lieutenant

JJ Slevin

33

10-9

20

Ok Corral

Derek O’Connor

25

10-9

21

Tout Est Permis

Sean Flanagan  

80

10-9

22

Vintage Clouds

Danny Cook 

33

10-8

23

Crievehill

Tom Bellamy

66

10-8

24

Lake View Lad

Henry Brooke

50

10-8

25

Jury Duty

Mark Enright

40

10-8

26

Pleasant Company

David Mullins

28

10-7

27

Acapella Bourgeois

Danny Mullins

33

10-6

28

Shattered Love

Lisa O'Neill   

66

10-6

29

Any Second Now

Mark Walsh

10

10-6

30

Potters Corner

Jack Tudor

18

10-6

31

Dounikos

Luke Dempsey

50

10-5

32

Kildisart

Nico de Boinville

50

10-5

33

Death Duty

Gavin Brouder

50

10-5

34

Ramses De Teillee

Tom Scudamore  

66

10-5

35

Valtor

James Bowen

66

10-4

36

Saint Xavier

David Maxwell

66

10-4

37

Warriors Tale

Harry Cobden

80

10-4

38

Double Shuffle

Jonathan Burke

100

10-4

39

Kimberlite Candy

Richie McLernon

16

10-4

40

Walk In The Mill

James Best

16

10-4

How is the race run?

Runners and riders race over the 30 fences they would take in the real Grand National.

The animation is created by Inspired Entertainment.

For more than 15 years, the company has been recreating the action and settings of some of the world’s most famous sporting events.

Their virtual sports are popular worldwide, appealing to a wide variety of players through more than 40,000 retail channels and 100+ websites in 35 countries.

Saturday's race will use the latest CGI technology and algorithms to produce a result based on data, including the runners’ form and going preferences.

Is it on TV?

The race will be broadcast at 5.15pm on ITV.

Richard Pitman, who nearly won the 1973 Grand National on Crisp, joins Nick Luck and guests for The Virtual Grand National TV special.

What are the odds and can I place a bet?

Yes- and bookmakers will be donating profits to the NHS Charities Group.

Discussions took place between major firms via the Betting and Gaming Council.

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