Bookmakers to donate Virtual Grand National profits to NHS

Saturday's virtual Grand National will attempt to answer whether Tiger Roll could have won this year's Aintree spectacular for the third time in a row.
Saturday's virtual Grand National will attempt to answer whether Tiger Roll could have won this year's Aintree spectacular for the third time in a row.

The UK’s major betting operators have confirmed that they will be running a market on Saturday’s televised Virtual Grand National, with all of the profits being donated to NHS Charities Together. 

In the absence of the Grand National itself due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, the virtual equivalent is being asked to step into the void, and will be broadcast in the race’s traditional slot at 5pm on Saturday evening. With that in mind, bookmakers have agreed to hold a market on the computerised event, with all profits being donated to the health service. 

Stakes will be limited to £10 per horse, or £10 each-way, while the Tote will also be running a pool alongside the markets, and have also agreed to donate its profits to the same charities. Meanwhile, the programme will also feature a legends race, and betting will be available on the straight ‘match race’ between multiple National winners Red Rum and Tiger Roll. 

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, commented that the industry was delighted to be able to play its part in the fight against COVID-19.

He said: “With the UK understandably and rightly in lockdown, unfortunately the Grand National can’t take place; however the virtual Grand National will be the closest we can get to creating one of those moments when we can all come together in celebration, not just for the world’s greatest sporting events, but for the NHS heroes working on the front line to keep us all safe.

“I am delighted that our members have stepped up in this way to support the national effort to combat COVID-19 by contributing all of their race profits to NHS Charities Together. Millions of us love a flutter on the Grand National. For many, it’s the only time of the year they place a bet. This year, the big winner will be our NHS.”

The full betting markets for the event will be available in due course, and you can find all of the odds on site as soon as they are published. 

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