THE GRAND NATIONAL RACE OF CHAMPIONS 2018
Red Rum takes on Crisp, L’Escargot and 37 other Aintree Legends from the 20th and 21st Centuries in the first ever spectacular televised CGI Champions battle over the most famous jumps in the world.
Stewart Machin commentates on this ITV Sport Special produced by Carm Productions in association with Inspired Entertainment and Aintree Racecourse. First Broadcast on the eve of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National.
Sophisticated software, hand-crafted Ultra HD animations and the real course are combined as the computer considers the track record of these giants of Aintree along with weather conditions, the going and their individual chances against the recent and historic names who have graced this race.
THE VIRTUAL GRAND NATIONAL 2018
22 hours ahead of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National 40 horses lined up in this ITV Sports Special to see if a mix of brilliant CGI animations and sophisticated software could beat the experts and determine the outcome of the most unpredictable race in the world.
Can Tiger Roll do the double for jockey Davy Russell and Trainer Gordon Elliott and win this unique race over the full Grand National course ?
In 2017, Cause of Causes won the first ever Virtual Grand National and went on to finish second in the 2017 Randox Health Grand National – the computer predicted six of the top 10 finishers.
Did it go one better in 2018 – Stewart Machin commentates in this Carm Productions special in association with Inspired Entertainment and Aintree.
THE VIRTUAL GRAND NATIONAL – BEHIND THE SCENES
The Virtual Grand National uses sophisticated software and hand-crafted Ultra High Definition CGI technology to run the most unpredictable race in the world hours ahead of the ‘off’.
Broadcaster Rob McLoughlin (Creator of The Grand National Race of Champions and co-creator of The Virtual Grand National with Steve Rogers) goes behind the scenes of Inspired Entertainment in Manchester, England as they create the famous Aintree excitement and legendary jumps for the first ever runnings of this unique race.
The first ever Virtual Grand National was run as an ITV Special on the eve of the 2017 Randox Health Grand National and then in 2018, along with The Grand National Race of Champions, the programme returned to pit the most likely 40 runners and riders of the big race against each other 22 hours ahead of transmission.
The results were exciting, dramatic and watched by 1.6 million viewers in the UK.
Stewart Machin is the commentator and the full programmes are produced by Carm Productions in association with Inspired Entertainment and Aintree.