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How To Watch The Virtual Grand National 2021

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How To Watch The Virtual Grand National 2021

ITV is hosting a virtual Grand National race this Friday, April 9. Horse racing fans can follow the action in this year’s Virtual Grand National. Read here how to watch the Virtual Grand National 2021.


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    What is the Virtual Grand National?

    The Virtual Grand National will see 40 virtual horses simulating the famous Aintree race for the fifth year running.  It should satisfy the curiosity of sports fans who were wondering what could happen had the actual real-life race gone ahead.

    Last year's Aintree showpiece was cancelled due to Covid. All the attention was on the Virtual Grand National, a thrilling virtual race - very similar to the real one - produced by Insprired Gaming. The Race proved to be hugely popular with millions tuning in to see the computer-generated contest, won by Potters Corner.

    Online bookmakers used the Virtual Grand National for charity last year. They raised approximately £3 million for National Health Service charities and €300,000 for medical charities in Ireland through donations from Inspired and all bookmaker operators as part of the fight against COVID-19.

    Betting was capped at a maximum of £10 per horse – either as a £10 win or £10 each-way bet. No separate place betting was permitted.

    There will be no such limits this year, so you can have a big win.

    But most important, you can watch the entire race live on your TV, smartphone, tablet or computer.

    How to watch the 2021 Virtual Grand National?  

    For the fifth consecutive year, Inspired Entertainment is producing the Virtual Grand National race to predict the outcome of the 2021 Grand National.

    ITV will be televising the 2021 Virtual Grand National on Friday 9th April 2021 at 8pm GMT, just one day before the real race.

    You can also watch online via ITV Hub.

    ITV1 will also broadcast a simulated ‘Race of Champions’, which will feature legendary previous winners. The race will go some way to answering one of the great horse racing debates – who would have won between Tiger Roll and Red Rum in a Grand National?

    Red Rum vs Tiger Roll

    What time is the 2021 Virtual Grand National? 

    The Virtual Grand National will take place day the before the real race – Friday 9th April 2021 - at 8pm UK Time.

    Who is running the 2021 Virtual Grand National? 

    The 40 runners will be announced on the Wednesday before the race, along with the prices that you can find below the list. You will find the official field below, alongside numbers, jockeys and weights.

    Click below to find the 2021 Virtual Grand National Odds.

    Virtual Grand National Odds

    Can I bet on the Virtual Grand National 2021?  

    Last year online bookmakers set a £10 maximum bet, but this year everything will be different. 

    The top online betting sites will take bets on the Virtual Grand National:

    • Coral Virtual Racing
    • Ladbrokes Virtual Horse Racing
    • Betfred Virtual Horse Racing
    • William Hill Virtual Racing
    • Betfair Virtual Grand National
    • Paddy Power Virtual Grand National
    • Boyle Virtual Grand National
    ... they are only few of those who will offer odds on the VGN 2021.
    Are you thinking about placing a bet on the virtual edition of the most anticipated race of the year?
    Click the image below to read our Virtual Grand National betting guide.

    Virtual Grand Nationa Betting Guide

    The Virtual Grand National is a virtual contest that has been held since 2017. The software, developed by Inspired, uses the latest CGI technology for a computer simulation of the race at Aintree, replicating it with winners and even fallers!

    In agreement with the UK Gambling commission the race has been pre-recorded by production company Carm productions on behalf of ITV. Only a small number of people will know the outcome - all of who will be subject to strict confidentiality obligations. Meanwhile no licensed betting operator will be party to the result in line with strict gambling regulations.


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