ITV have announced that they'll screen the Grand National next week despite the race not actually taking place.
A computer-simulated version of the 2020 race using CGI technology and special algorithms will be run, featuring the 40 horses most likely to take part.
We'll never know if Tiger Roll would've won the most famous race in the world in three consecutive years but at least we'll still get to witness a version of the spectacular event.
The virtual race will be broadcast by ITV at 17:00 BST on Saturday April 4th – the same day the actual race was scheduled to run.
Executive producer Rob McLoughlin said: “We use the latest CGI technology and algorithms and were ready to go ahead as a forerunner to the big race, but now we want to cheer the nation up and ask the computer if history could have been made.”
The virtual Grand National has been run since 2017 when Cause of Causes won, then finished second in the real race just a matter of hours later. In 2018 Tiger Roll won both the virtual race and the actual Grand National then in 2019 the computer-generated version predicted three of the top finishers including Tiger Roll.
There will also be a race of champions, featuring previous winners such as Red Rum and Tiger Roll which should also provide some good entertainment.
BBCSport stated “It is not yet clear whether bookmakers will be taking bets on the virtual race.” – I think that's VIRTUALLY guaranteed!