Virtual Grand National Results from April 9

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The Virtual Grand National has been developed with Inspired Entertainment’s Manchester-based animation team. They use past form, the views of a panel of experts and the going and weather conditions to assess the likely outcome, but the computer makes the final decisions. Leading commentator Stewart Machin takes the mic as the race plays out virtually hours before the real event. In 2021, the Virtual Grand National will be held on Friday 9th April at 8pm GMT on iTV4.

Virtual Grand National vs Real One

2021 edition:
Virtual Winner: Cloth Cap
Real Winner: Minella Times

2020 edition:
Virtual Winner: Potters Corner
Real Winner: event cancelled

2019 edition:
Virtual Winner: Rathvinden (third)
Real Winner: Tiger Roll

2018 edition:
Virtual Winner: Tiger Roll
Real Winner: Tiger Roll

2017 edition:
Virtual Winner: Cause Of Causes
real Winner: One For Arthur

In 2018, for the only time in the three-year history of The Virtual Grand National, the same horse won both the Virtual and actual National (Tiger Roll) but other similarities have been remarkable.

In 2017, Cause Of Causes won the Virtual Grand National and was second in the race itself. In 2018, Tiger Roll did the double and last year Rathvinden won the Virtual race and was third in the race itself.

In 2017, the algorithm came up with six of the top-10 finishers and the runner-up in the real race won The Virtual Grand National. In 2018, it selected six of only 12 finishers and the winner.

Steve Rogers of Inspired said: “We were in disbelief for days afterwards. The races stand out on their own as sport and entertainment even without the extra ingredient of attempting to tell the nation where their favourite may finish.”

Virtual Horse Racing

Image via Betfair

Bookmakers offer bets on the Virtual Grand National, which is traditionally held a couple of hours before ‘The People’s Race’. Last year, due to global health and safety risks the Virtual National took place of the main event with all proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together. This year, the Virtual race will be perhaps the best tip you can get for the real race the next day. It’s the closest simulation anyone can get to how the event could pan out.

How to watch Virtual Grand National?

ITV will show the event as a standout event of its own, with so little actual sport on our screens and the popularity of the Virtual Grand National, most major bookmakers will take bets on the Virtual Grand National. Coral Virtual Racing, Ladbrokes Virtual Horse Racing, William hill Virtual Racing, Paddy Power Virtual Grand National and Boyle Virtual Grand National all set to offer similar odds as they would have done for the actual Grand National.

Virtual racing has grown in popularity ever since bursting onto the screens of SIS in the early 2000’s, where they provided betting opportunities for punters during the foot and mouth epidemic which saw the Cheltenham Festival and a host of other huge meetings cancelled.

Virtual Odds and Real Race Predictions

Unlike real racing, Virtual runners’ odds are close reflections to their actual chances with the computer favourite getting more chance than an outsider, although a random number generator ultimately decides each runner’s fate. Virtual Racing is a bit like the old seaside game where the favourite has more balls than the outsiders only with slick animations and a host of realistic features.

How the runners for the Virtual Grand National are selected without a final field remains to be seen but one can be pretty sure that the result will be pretty accurate so, this year, I’m taking Burrows Saint to beat Cloth Cap with Kimberlite Candy and Any Second Now third and fourth!

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