The Grand National is the race which Sir Tony McCoy (Champion Jockey and National winner) says ‘The World Stands Still For’.
More than £160m in bets are placed annually on this unique Aintree event with some of the most famous jumps in the world and some of the most famous horses and jockeys in the race.
It’s estimated that up to 600m viewers watch worldwide.
They all want to know one thing: Who Will Win before the race starts.
The Virtual Grand National is a Carm Productions for ITV, ITV4, ITV Hub and international TV. It uses superb CGI technology and sophisticated software may have the answer running the race 24 hours ahead of the ‘off’.
Devised by Rob McLoughlin with Steve Rogers of the world leaders in virtual sports, Inspired Entertainment, the first TV special in 2017 saw Cause of Causes win the VGN ’17 in an exciting finish and go on to come second in the following day’s Grand National.
The animated horses run over the real course. The programme is presented by Nick Luck, former Host of Channel 4 Racing with Richard Pitman and Alice Plunkett and commentary is by Stewart Machin. A Panel of Experts including Bob Champion, winner on Aldaniti and Lydia Hilsop attempt outfox the computer.
In 2018, Tiger Roll did the ‘double’ winning both races.
The 2018 TV special also saw L’Escargot controversially beat Red Rum in The Grand National Race of Champions devised by Rob.
Special versions of the concept have now been developed for play online and in shops along with Race of Champions slot and scratch games which are enormously popular with some of the leading bookmakers globally.
The concept was developed in association with The Jockey Club.