This year the Grand National at Aintree in all its magnificence has been cancelled, rightly so.
Priorities have been noted by all surrounding the epidemic surrounding this deadly virus – is anyone really safe, that is very much the big question mark for us all. Putting things into perspective our great-grand fathers were expected to go to war for the duration of the world war, we are instructed to sit at home, and stay there and do utterly nothing at all. – In the grand plan of things we got off lightly.
The ITV Racing corporation has been doing a virtual re-enactment of the Grand National in computer generated format for a few years now – it has been compelling viewing each year though this year’s edition will be more significant and will surely be more watched than ever before. Punters are allowed to have a £10 punt on it, or £10 each-way if they wish – it is alleged certain bookmakers will donate anything ‘profited’ through this virtual race to the NHS fight against coronavirus, very commendable from these firms often given bad-press for their wrong-doings, conclusively this ‘right’ doing will be welcomed press for them.
Who Wins the virtual grand national?
Tiger Roll is the nation’s sweetheart, boy-o-boy this pint-sized horse trained by Gordon Elliott is the poster-boy for the Grand-national, endeavouring this year to win it for the 3rd year in succession although that is not going to happen and the virtual version will be an up-hill climb. Tiger Roll will be the one the favourite backers will be siding with – There won’t be a dry eye in the virtual, almost cartoony world even though I would envisage it cannot be as straight-forward as that. The Team behind this virtual enactment have computed up all the chances and probabilities of every runner coming into this contest on their most recent form – would Tiger Roll really have come here with a big chance of winning if the race went ahead? I don’t think so. He ran well enough at Navan on his seasonal return, and I deliberate he was sub-standard at Cheltenham most recently – There is too many lame justifications for him not winning at Cheltenham; Realistically the race at Cheltenham which he finshed 2nd he should have been considered a penalty kick with his previous greatness, he got beat fair-and-square, his form is not screaming out unbeatable to my computer that knows nothing, so imagine how they would have added everything up. Tiger Roll is a blow-out in my humble opinion. He cannot win this race although I have still so much admiration for him and his achievements.
Who wins the race then?
There is many form-lines that the designers of this virtual national will have analysed and put into their computer initiator. For me I like Walk In The Mill – I always held him high in high regard to winning the ‘real’ national this year and I see no reason not to put a speculative £10 on him, sheerly for the craic nevertheless in the same breath he was campaigned this year for it and I think he would have won. It is a pity that the real national is not on this week though I comprehend it is not important with everything else that is going on in this bizarre world.
It is great that this little virtual race is getting so much airtime, it is a welcomed distraction from the pandemic that everyone one of us is suffering in some sort of way. Below is the runners and riders for the race off this Saturday, the coverage begins at 5.pm.
The only true winner of this race is the NHS.
1 TIGER ROLL 11-10 Davy Rusell
2 BRISTOL DE MAI 11-8 Daryl Jacob
3 ASO 11-2 Charlie Deutsch
4 ELEGANT ESCAPE 11-2 Jonjo O’Neill Jnr
5 ANIBALE FLY 11-2 Barry Geraghty
6 TOP VILLE BEN 11-2 Tom Dowson
7 BEWARE THE BEAR 11-0 Jerry McGrath
8 PEREGRINE RUN 10-13 Kevin Sexton
9 JETT 10-13 Sam Waley-Cohen
10 ALPHA DES OBEAUX 10-13 Richard Johnson
11 TOTAL RECALL 10-13 Paul Townend
12 THE STORYTELLER 10-12 Keith Donoghue
13 MAGIC OF LIGHT 10-12 Robbie Power
14 TALKISCHEAP 10-11 Tommy Cannon
15 YALA ENKI 10-11 Bryony Frost
16 BALLYOPTIC 10-11 Sam Twiston-Davies
17 BURROWS SAINT 10-10 Rachael Blackmore
18 DEFINITELY RED 10-10 Brian Hughes
19 SUB LIEUTENANT 10-9 JJ Slevin
20 OK CORRAL 10-9 Derek O’Connor
21 TOUT EST PERMIS 10-9 Shaun Flanagan
22 VINTAGE CLOUDS 10-8 Danny Cook
23 CRIEVEHILL 10-8 Tom Bellamy
24 LAKE VIEW LAD 10-8 Henry Brooke
25 JURY DUTY 10-8 Mark Enright
26 PLEASANT COMPANY 10-7 David Mullins
27 ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS 10-6 Danny Mullins
28 SHATTERED LOVE 10-6 Lisa O’Neill
29 ANY SECOND NOW 10-6 Mark Walsh
30 POTTERS CORNER 10-6 Jack Tudor
31 DOUNIKOS 10-5 Luke Dempsey
32 KILDISART 10-5 Nico De Boinville
33 DEATH DUTY 10-5 Gavin Brouder
34 RAMSES DE TEILLE 10-5 Tom Scudamore
35 VALTOR 10-4 James Bowen
36 SANT XAVIER 10-4 David Maxwell
37 WARRIORS TALE 10-4 Harry Cobden
38 DOUBLE SHUFFLE 10-4 Jonathan Burke
39 KIMBERLITE CANDY 10-4 Richie McLernon
40 WALK IN THE MILL 10-4 James Best