Virtual Grand National to take place on ITV following postponement of real race

Tiger Roll has won the last two Grand Nationals (PA Images)
Tiger Roll has won the last two Grand Nationals (PA Images)
15:39pm, Fri 27 Mar 2020
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Next weekend's Grand National, postponed due to coronavirus, is to be replaced by a televised virtual race.

A field made up of those most likely to have contested the real thing at Aintree, will set off in a television first on Saturday April 4 at 5pm on ITV.

The favourite Tiger Roll, was targeting a hat-trick of wins but has been denied a moment in history by the race being called off.

Executive producer Rob McLoughlin told BBC Sport: "We use the latest CGI technology and algorithms and were ready to go ahead as a forerunner to the big race, but now we want to cheer the nation up and ask the computer if history could have been made."

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