Bookmakers to donate Virtual Grand National profits to NHS charity

Bookies will be donating profits from this Saturday’s Virtual Grand National to an NHS charity.

William Hill has agreed to make the gesture to the NHS Charities Together.

Spokesman Rupert Adams said: “We like to think that the public will get right behind it and hope that the industry can raise a substantial sum of money.

“A large number of people choose their Grand National bet by using names and colours, which you can clearly still do.”

The 40 runners and riders for the Virtual National will be revealed in the next 48 hours and include horses who had been due to run in the real race before it was lost to coronavirus.

There will also be a legends race of past national heroes.

The event will be shown on ITV this Saturday at 5.00pm.

It will answer the big question in racing – could Tiger Roll have won the 2020 race and entered the history books as the only three-time back-to-back winner.

In last year’s virtual race, Tiger Roll was second behind Rathvinden.

Executive Producer Rob McLoughlin said: “We use the latest CGI technology and algorithms and were ready to go as a forerunner to the big race. Now we want to cheer the nation up and ask the computer if history could have been made.”

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