Potters Corner Wins The 2020 Virtual Grand National
Potters Corner has won the Virtual Grand National after the huge annual event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Virtual Aintree Grand National has actually been running for the past three years, but the fact the real version is off this year means it's getting a lot more attention.
The 2020 Virtual Grand National goes to Wales & Potters Corner
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- ODDSbible Racing (@ODDSbibleRacing) April 4, 2020
The CGI race - run by most leading UK bookmakers - simulates the course at Aintree, using algorithms to factor in weather conditions, recent form, form on the track, weight, age and more.
People who don't normally gamble might want to get involved too, as all profits from the event will go towards helping the NHS fight Covid-19.
This data means you can decide which horse to back just as you normally would. In fact, the virtual winner of the past three races has finished in the top three in the actual race in each respective year.
And people have even been dressing up and having a Grand National bevvy in their houses and gardens for the occasion, because let's be honest - there's not much else to do:
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- Jay Arnold (@jaykarnold8) April 4, 2020
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- Chris Mac (@chrismackop) April 4, 2020
Should be at the #GrandNational so we get our rags on just to watch it at home !!! :racehorse::racehorse: pic.twitter.com/WbmUZWXHmf
- Andrew Mansfield (@campa1984) April 4, 2020
Regular betters will most likely see the event as a blessed relief, with all sporting events almost entirely eradicated at the moment.
Betting and Gaming Council Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: "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."
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