The Grand National is the biggest event on the UK horse racing calendar, but sadly Aintree will be empty in this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, as has been the case since 2017, a simulated virtual race is scheduled to run alongside the real-life contest – and not even Covid-19 can cancel a CGI-powered steeplechase! Here’s how to live stream the Virtual Grand National 2020 online or on TV from anywhere in the world.

Virtual Grand National 2020 cheat sheet

The Grand National is the most prestigious of the British National Hunt races, but this year, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the virtual race is the only show in town. Coverage starts at 5pm BST on ITV on Saturday, April 3 with the race set to get underway at 5.15pm – that’s 12.15pm ET, 9.15am PT, and 2.15am AEST early Sunday morning in Australia.

In last year’s Virtual Grand National, Rathvinden triumphed, while eventual 2019 winner Tiger Roll came in second. The CGI-powered race was right on the money in 2018, though, when the Michael O’Leary-owned horse won both races in nearly identical circumstances.

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