Virtual Grand National

With racing and indeed sports cancelled across the world, the much-loved Grand National, affectionately known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, has been rightly cancelled due to the country being in lockdown over the coronavirus.
However, like any sporting giant, this thrilling race can’t be held down and so organisers are staging a virtual running of the race with all the runners and riders who were expected to take part called “The Virtual Grand National” and we can’t wait! We will quickly run through how they calculate the winner, our tips and the best betting offers out there to take advantage of.
How Do They Calculate The Result of the Virtual Grand National?
As you can imagine the result of the Virtual Grand National is built around a series of complex algorithms, trends and probabilities, it takes into account a number of factors such as:

  • Age of horse
  • Weight being carried
  • The recent form
  • If they have performed over the distance

As a ‘twist’ they then add 15% on top as an “unpredictability factor” because, as we all know, the true race has seen some twist and turns over the years! This means that there is still some luck factor involved. It’s been developed by a leading software company called Carm Productions, we personally can’t wait to see it. It has been used as precursor over the last few years to the main race and the results have been pretty good.

Is The Virtual Grand National On TV?

Yes it is! Coverage starts at 5pm and is presented by Nick Luck of Racing TV and also Richard Pitman – so some real life great racing experts giving their views and opinions. It’s a short programme of only 30 mins but it’s definitely something to look forward to in times of lockdown. Millions of sports starved fans and families are expected to tune in and watch it.

Can I Bet On The Virtual Grand National?

Yes you can. Wagers are limited as it’s mainly for fun. This means that the maximum bet on the race with all bookmakers is £10 per horse. You can either do £5 each way (most bookies are paying top 5 places) or a straight £10 win. It’s all basically meant to be a bit of light relief.
The best thing is that bookies are stating that all profits we will go to NHS Charities Together, which we think is a lovely touch.

Who Is Going To Win?

Good question with 40 horses to choose from it’s tough. We would have loved to see Tiger Roll go for the real thing this year (and we all hope he goes well in this special virtual one instead), but we have gone for the following selections:
1st Kimberlite Candy
2nd Tiger Roll
3rd Jury Duty
4th Any Second Now
5th Yala Enki

Best Virtual Grand National Betting Offers

As always there are lots of offers out there with bookies but the Best Virtual Grand National Betting Offers we are found are below. When you sign up you’ll also a bit more information on all the runners so you can pick your own selections:


Virtual Grand National FAQ
  1. Is Virtual Horse Racing New?” –  Surprisingly not, it’s just something you would not see broadcast on peak time TV on a Saturday afternoon but in many ways it’s a novelty and something fun. Simulated and virtual horse races actually happen every day of the week in most bookies across the country. It’s fair to say that the Virtual Grand National will be the biggest one ever staged so in that respect the whole thing is pretty ground breaking.
  2. I had a bet on Tiger Roll to win the real Grand National will this bet be carried into this virtual race? Or do I get that money back and have to bet again? Hopefully, I do as I quite fancy Burrows Saint Now” A good question! As the real race has been abandoned it means that all bets for that all off, so you will be able to get your money back on all bets placed for that race from the bookmaker who you placed the bet with. So yes, you will get your initial bet on Tiger Roll back. The Virtual Grand National is an entirely new proposition so if you wanted to bet on that you would place it is a new bet. As mentioned above there is a wager limit on the race of £10 per horse in this version, you can obviously bet higher stakes if you had wanted to on the real Grand National. We personally think £10 is more than enough for some light relief.
  3. What is the best place to place a bet with for me and my family? Are there any offers that you would recommend?” Lots of online bookies are doing offers for the race and we have listed some of the best ones above. It’s best to check a couple out and see which personally suit you. It’s fair to say that there are some good offers across a whole range of them with many matching your initial deposit but check out the terms and conditions and as we all state play responsibly and have fun. Good luck in the race.

Virtual Grand National Summary – although the team here at British Racecourses would have lived to see Tiger Roll go for a record win in the real race (and be propelled in history as one of the all-time greats like Red Rum), in these strange times we are grateful to have anything to cheer on and brighten a Saturday afternoon, so this special virtual race is an awesome addition. Don’t forget our tip is Kimberlite Candy and we are also hearing a strong late word for Burrows Saint! Finally, we believe the fact that bookies are donating to NHS charities is a welcome and timely bonus, we hope you all enjoy the race in the comfort of your own homes and stay safe.