With all sports now suspended or postponed while the country comes to grips with the Corona Virus pandemic, the famous Grand National which would of been held last weekend at Aintree was also cancelled. Despite the country now in lockdown we were treated to a virtual Grand National, all in aid of much needed funds for our NHS.Forty runners, which would more than likely have raced last weekend all lined up and took part in the virtual Grand National race, the race happened by cleverly using CGI Technology and algorithms.
Potter’s Corner Win
The computer generated event was won by 18-1 outsider Potters Corner, the payouts were on the winner and £2.6 M was raised for the NHS Charities Together, an arm of the NHS responsible for over 140 UK health care related charities. Bets placed in Ireland will be donated to the Red Cross and other Irish charities. The TV audience peaked at 4.8m, with 4.3m watching the half-hour broadcast.Potter’s Corner trainer, Christian Williams told BBC Sport, himself and his family were cheering on the day.“ There was great excitement in the house, the children were on their toy horses and it was great watching the race and seeing our horse come through to win.”
NHS Charities Together thanked the BGC yesterday and thanked the amazing work the NHS do and continue to do in these unprecedented times.“ When the nation was in need of much needed light relief, millions joined in the fun in honour of one of Britain’s greatest sporting events and helped raise a fantastic amount for our brave heroes in the NHS.“ The country is going through what is little short of a nightmare at the moment, so it was heart-warming to see pictures on social media of so many people enjoying themselves watching the excellent ITV racing and Carm Productions programme which had such impressive viewing figures.”