What time is the Virtual Grand National 2020?

Alex Pattle
The 2020 Grand National will not go ahead after the outbreak of coronavirus: PA

The Virtual Grand National is set to take place today as the historic event presses on in a new format amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The race would have been held at Aintree, near Liverpool, today, but will instead play out as a simulation. All profits from the race will be donated to the NHS as Britain’s healthcare system continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Betting and Gaming Council Chief Executive Michael Dugher said this week: “With the UK understandably and rightly in lockdown, unfortunately the Grand National can’t take place, however, the Virtual Grand National will be the closest we can get to creating one of those moments when we can all come together in celebration – not just for the world’s greatest sporting events, but for the NHS heroes working on the front line to keep us all safe.

“I am delighted that our members have stepped up in this way to support the national effort to combat Covid-19 by contributing all of their race profits to NHS Charities Together. Millions of us love a flutter on the Grand National. For many, it’s the only time of the year they place a bet. This year, the big winner will be our NHS.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the Virtual Grand National.

Coverage will begin at 5pm GMT on Saturday, with the race expected to start 15 minutes later.

Where can I watch it?

The action will be broadcast by ITV, and The Independent will be live blogging the event here, too.

How will it work?

The race will feature CGI representations of all 40 riders and horses that were set to take part in the race, with the outcome being decided by a computer algorithm.

What are the odds?

Here is a full list of odds, per bet365:

Tiger Roll – 5/1
Bristol de Mai - 20/1
Aso - 66/1
Elegant Escape - 20/1
Anibale Fly - 20/1
Top Ville Ben - 45/1
Beware The Bear - 33/1
Peregrine Run - 66/1
Jett - 50/1
Alpha Des Obeaux - 25/1
Total Recall - 40/1
The Storyteller - 40/1
Magic Of Light - 18/1
Talkischeap - 25/1
Yala Enki - 28/1
Ballyoptic - 25/1
Burrows Saint - 12/1
Definitly Red - 14/1
Sub Lieutenant - 33/1
Ok Corral - 25/1
Tout Est Permis - 80/1
Vintage Clouds - 33/1
Crievehill - 66/1
Lake View Lad - 50/1
Jury Duty - 40/1
Pleasant Company - 28/1
Acapella Bourgeois - 33/1
Shattered Love - 66/1
Any Second Now - 10/1
Potters Corner - 18/1
Dounikos - 50/1
Kildisart - 50/1
Death Duty - 50/1
Ramses De Teillee - 66/1
Valtor - 66/1
Saint Xavier - 66/1
Warriors Tale - 80/1
Double Shuffle - 100/1
Kimberlite Candy - 16/1
Walk In The Mill - 16/1

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