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The annual Grand National will go ahead as planned on Saturday 4 April, but in the form of a pre-recorded simulation. Using CGI animation, 40 horses and riders will run two laps of Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse, which has a total distance of 4 miles and 2.5 furlongs with 30 fences en route.

In another change to previous year’s events, bookmakers have pledged that all profits will go to NHS Charities, an umbrella organisation that covers more than 140 individual charities.

This isn’t the first time the Grand National in its standard form has had to be called off, with both WWI and WWII causing a brief hiatus in the otherwise annual event that has been running since 1839.

Broadcast live in the UK on ITV, you can also watch a live stream of the Grand National online at ITV’s website or via its mobile app (for iOS or Android). Coverage begins at 5pm BST, with the race itself at 5.15pm.

ITV Hub+ offers an ad-free experience at £3.99 per month, with a seven-day free trial. It also can be viewed from outside the UK in EU countries. Unfortunately this applies only to catch-up and not live broadcasts, which isn’t helpful if you’re wanting to watch the big race live.

An alternative, if you are watching from abroad, is to fool your web browser into thinking you are in the UK by installing a VPN. Our pick of the best is NordVPN.

If you are placing a bet on the Grand National, you will also be able to live-stream the race through that bookmaker’s mobile app.

Which horses are running in the 2020 Grand National?

1Tiger RollDavy Russell11-105-1
2Bristol De MaiDaryl Jacob11-820-1
3AsoCharlie Deutsch11-266-1
4Elegant EscapeJonjo O’Neill Jnr11-220-1
5Anibale FlyBarry Geraghty11-220-1
6Top Ville BenTom Dawson11-245-1
7Beware The BearJerry McGrath11-033-1
8Peregrine RunKevin Sexton10-1366-1
9JettSam Waley-Cohen10-1350-1
10Alpha Des ObeauxRichard Johnson10-1325-1
11Total RecallPaul Townend10-1340-1
12The StorytellerKeith Donaghue10-1240-1
13Magic Of LightRobbie Power10-1218-1
14TalkischeapTom Cannon10-1125-1
15Yala EnkiBryony Frost10-1128-1
16BallyopticSam Twiston-Davies10-1125-1
17Burrows SaintRachael Blackmore10-1012-1
18Definitely RedBrian Hughes10-1014-1
19Sub LieutenantJJ Slevin10-933-1
20Ok CorralDerek O’Connor10-925-1
21Tout Est PermisSean Flanagan10-980-1
22Vintage CloudsDanny Cook10-833-1
23CrievehillTom Bellamy10-866-1
24Lake View LadHenry Brooke10-850-1
25Jury DutyMark Enright10-840-1
26Pleasant CompanyDavid Mullins10-728-1
27Acapella BourgeoisDanny Mullins10-633-1
28Shattered LoveLisa O’Neill10-666-1
29Any Second NowMark Walsh10-610-1
30Potters CornerJack Tudor10-618-1
31DounikosLuke Dempsey10-550-1
32KildisartNico de Boinville10-550-1
33Death DutyGavin Brouder10-550-1
34Ramses De TeilleeTom Scudamore10-566-1
35ValtorJames Boween10-466-1
36Saint XavierDavid Maxwell10-466-1
37Warriors TaleHarry Cobden10-480-1
38Double ShuffleJonathan Burke10-4100-1
39Kimberlite CandyRichie McLernon10-416-1
40Walk In The MillJames Best10-416-1

Grand National winners

The Grand National has been an annual event at Aintree since 1839, save for a brief hiatus between 1916 and 1918 during World War 1, and between 1941 and 1945 during World War 2.

To this day Red Rum is the only horse to have won the Grand National three times, in 1973, 1974 and 1977, with trainer Ginger McCain also going on to successfully lead Amberleigh House to victory in 2004. His son Donald then brought in a fifth win with Ballabriggs in 2011.

Last year’s winner, Tiger Roll, won the National for the second year in a row – as the current favourite, will he make it a third in 2020?

Here are the horses who won the £1m prize in the 21st century:

Where to bet on the Grand National 2020

Not all bookmakers will be allowing bets on the virtual Grand National, but William Hill, Bet365Unibet and BetVictor are among those that are.

Each is paying up to five places on Each Way bets. We advise you to select whichever bookmaker has the highest odds for your horse of choice.

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