Inspired Entertainment will produce the Virtual Grand National horse race and Virtual Grand National Race of Champions for a sixth consecutive year. The company has agreed with the UK Jockey Club to produce the two virtual races in conjunction with Carm Productions, for broadcast nationally across the UK, the day before the 2022 Grand National Festival.
The Virtual Grand National brings to life the 40 horses and jockeys in an attempt to predict the outcome of the actual race itself. The Virtual Grand National Race of Champions tests previous winners and other legendary horses against each other, and features National Hunt legends such Arkle, Desert Orchid, Dawn Run, Tiger Roll and Kauto Star as they compete against 20 Grand National winners, led by the legendary Red Rum.
Inspired President & Chief Operating Officer, Brooks Pierce, said: “I am delighted to announce the return of Inspired’s Virtual Grand National races as a curtain-raiser for one of the world’s greatest horse races. We have gained worldwide recognition for our virtual events, and the Virtual Grand National races are truly a unique product. Once again, they will add a compelling experience to our customers’ retail and digital channels in advance of the year’s highest-profile horse race.”
Inspired Chief Commercial Officer of Virtual Sports, Steve Rogers, added: “The technology we use to produce the Virtual Grand National races is a unique predictive offering that can be applied to many other sports events. Our software uses a vast array of data points, including historic performance of participants, to make predictions about who will win the 2022 Grand National, widely considered to be one of the most unpredictable events in the world.”