How can I watch it, when does it start, can I bet on it and who is running?

RACING fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief as this year’s Grand National will go ahead – in a way…

Oh yes folks, the Virtual Grand National 2020 promises to be a thriller and will be as close as it gets to all the thrills and spills of Aintree.

 Tiger Roll will line up in this year's virtual Grand National

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Tiger Roll will line up in this year’s virtual Grand NationalCredit: PA:Press Association

What is the Virtual Grand National?

After the real Grand National at Aintree was cancelled due to the coronavirus, a new virtual race will be run instead. It will feature 40 horses including Tiger Roll who is looking to make history and win the race for the third year in a row.

This will be the fourth year the Virtual Grand National has been broadcast and the race is decided by a series of algorithms and simulations.

Racing TV supremo Nick Luck has been drafted in to host once again, with commentary provided by Stewart Machin.

How can I watch the race?

The Virtual Grand National will be shown live on ITV at 5pm this Saturday, April 4.

Make sure you tune in!

Can I bet on the race?

Yes you will be able to back your favourite horse!

You’ll be able to bet through the Tote who will be opening up a pool for the race.

The Tote will also be giving away their cut of the profits to the NHS.

Who is running in the race?

The final field has yet to be declared, we’ll update you as soon as the declarations are made.

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