In a turn of events, this year’s Grand National will go ahead but it will be a virtual race instead of the real deal!
On the 16th March, The Jockey Club announced that the 2020 Randox Health Grand National would no longer be taking place. This came just a week after the Cheltenham Festival had taken place.
Boris Johnson had advised against mass gatherings and as a result, the Grand National was cancelled along with all other sport. This is the biggest race in the world, so it was a huge disappointment to see it go.
Each year, 500 million people tune in to watch the race at Aintree Racecourse. This year was to be a special one, with Tiger Roll looking to join Red Rum with three wins and the first horse to do it in consecutive years.
He won the 2018 race and returned in 2019 to defend his crown. Since 2017, there has been a virtual race completed and it does well in predicting the actual outcome. In 2018 it predicted that Tiger Roll would win his first Grand National.
2020 Virtual Grand National
Now, it may not be as good as the actual race, but it’s definitely better than nothing! This year’s race will have 40 runners in it with Red Rum being added to go up against Tiger Roll in a Race of Champions.
The race will take place on Saturday 4th April at 17:00. Bookmakers are yet to release any odds on the race, but lots of people are running sweepstakes to make it interesting.