Virtual Grand National Tips from Bar One Racing’s Racing Team!

The Virtual Grand National will take place on Saturday

The Virtual Grand National, which will be covered by ITV Racing on ITV1 and by Racing TV, is generating great interest. A full field of 40 runners will be going to post at 5:15pm and the race will be televised from 5pm on Saturday April 4th.

The runners, their jockeys and weights are listed below.

The pre-recorded event has used algorithms and CGI animation to run the race and aims to capture the unique flavour of an Aintree National.


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We asked our racing team to give us their 1-2-3-4 for the race, and here they are:


Alan Marron: 1st Ok Corral  – 2nd Magic Of Light  – 3rd Tiger Roll  – 4th Yala Enki

Will Reilly: 1st Walk In The Mill – 2nd Definitly Red – 3rd Tiger Roll – 4th Kimberlite Candy

Kieran Burke: 1st Potters Corner – 2nd Kildisart – 3rd Walk in the Mill – 4th Kimberlite Candy

John McDonnell: 1st Kimberlite Candy – 2nd Potters Corner – 3rd Burrows Saint – 4th Tiger Roll

Good luck and remember: there’s nothing virtual about a winner!


Virtul Grand National Runners, Riders, Weights and Form Comments

1 Tiger Roll, Davy Russell, 11-10 – He has won the last two real Aintree Grand Nationals; an Aintree star and sure to attract plenty of support (WR)

2 Bristol De Mai, Daryl Jacob, 11-8 – Haydock specialist (two Grade 1 wins there) that excelled himself by finishing third in the 2019 CheltenhamGold Cup (WR)

3 Aso, Charlie Deutsch,11-2 – High-class on his day, as when second in the 2019 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham (WR)

4 Elegant Escape, Jonjo O’Neill jnr, 11-2 – 2018 Welsh National winner, third in this season’s “Hennessy” at Newbury but 11th of 12 in last month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup (WR)

5 Anibale Fly, Barry Geraghty, 11-2 – Has finished fourth and fifth in the last two Grand Nationals and was placed in the 2018 and 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cups (WR)

6 Top Ville Ben, Tom Dowson, 11-2 – Won the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby in December but was well behind Santini in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last tme (WR)

7 Beware The Bear, Jerry McGrath, 11-0 – Won the “Ultima” at Cheltenham in 2019  – Vintage Clouds was second and is now one pound worse off at weights – and finished fourth in this season’s “Hennessy” at Newbury; high-class handicapper (WR)

8 Peregrine Run, Kevin Sexton, 10-13 – Grand servant to connections, winning 16 races, but fell three out when held last year; he celebrates his tenth birthday today (WR)

9 Jett, Sam Waley-Cohen, 10-13 – A Grade 3 winner at Punchestown in October, where he beat Alpha Des Obeaux, and is no stranger to Peregrine Run but has yet to win a handicap chase (when racing in them from lower ratings than today) (WR)

10 Alpha Des Obeaux, Richard Johnson, 10-13 – See Jett – Finished third in the Becher Chase (Walk In The Mill won the race) in December and second in the Thyestes Chase in January last year so no forlorn hope, by any stretch (WR)

11 Total Recall, Paul Townend, 10-13 – He confirmed he was on the way back by winning the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park last time; looks overpriced at 40/1 (WR)

12 The Storyteller, Keith Donoghue, 10-12 – A high-class chaser on his day and he ran a blinder to finish second over hurdles at Cheltenham last time; is his day set for a happy ending? (WR)

13 Magic Of Light, Robbie Power, 10-12 – Finished second last year and she arrives here with a nice racing weight (WR)

14 Talkischeap, Tom Cannon, 10-11 – Won a valuable chase at Sandown last April but is now ten-pounds higher in the ratings and has run just twice since that success (WR)

15 Yala Enki, Bryony Frost, 10-11 – He has finished third in each of the last two Welsh Nationals when rated 154 and 155 and arrives here on 156 (WR)

16 Ballyoptic, Sam Twiston-Davies, 10-11 – Ran well for a long way before falling three out in last year’s National; finished 11th in December’s Becher Chase here; returned to put in a good staying performance to win at Ascot; that was encouraging though still needs a career-best effort to win (WR)

17 Burrows Saint, Rachael Blackmore, 10-10 – Last year’s Irish National winner will be partnered by the ‘First Lady Of Racing’ (WR)

18 Definitly Red, Brian Hughes, 10-10 – His trainer was very bullish about his horse’s chance in the build-up to the real National and there’s no doubt he is high-class on his day; will another red win and emulate Red Alligator, Red Rum and Red Marauder? Recently-crowned champion jockey Brian Hughes is in the virtual plate (WR)

19 Sub Lieutenant, JJ Slevin, 10-9 – He was second in the Topham Chase last season but his record over further than 3m is not great and stamina will be a real issue. Fourth in the Bobbyjo Chase last time out and that should leave him ready for battle here. Place chance may be his best hope (AM)

20 Ok Corral, Derek O’Connor, 10-9 – Stayed on well to land a nice pot at Doncaster last time out when Derek O’Connor dropped his whip. This horse has plenty of talent and should he stay he could be one that they all have to be wary of. Is also very lightly raced for his age (AM)

21 Tout Est Permis, Sean Flanagan, 10-9 – The 2018 ‘Troytown’ winner has failed to capitalise on a much-lower hurdles mark this season, although he finished third at the Cheltenham Festival last time. However, in my view this looks a step too far. Stamina shouldn’t be much of an issue but, for me, others look to have a more-solid chance of winning (AM)

22 Vintage Clouds, Danny Cook, 10-8 – Didn’t get any further than the first fence in this last year and was eighth behind The Conditional at Cheltenham last time out. Has been well fancied for a couple of big handicaps in recent times and could be one to keep a close eye on. Owner Trevor Hemmings has a good record in the race having won with Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and Many Clouds in recent times (AM)

23 Crievehill, Tom Bellamy, 10-8 – Fourth in the ‘Kim Muir’ at the Cheltenham Festival last season but his form has been mixed this season and he has finished tailed-off in both of his most recent runs. Would have needed to have shown much more before I could support him off his current mark (AM)

24 Lake View Lad, Henry Brooke, 10-8 – Prepped nicely for this with a recent run over hurdles at Kelso. Another Trevor Hemmings-owned runner (see Many Clouds). Will be staying on when others have done their running and could go close here (AM)

25 Jury Duty, Mark Enright, 10-8 – Second to stablemate Monbeg Notorious last time out. Had been campaigned over hurdles prior to that this season. Was well fancied for the Grand National last year and could go close here (AM)

26 Pleasant Company, David Mullins, 10-7 – Was beaten a head in the 2018 National by Tiger Roll and, much as he hasn’t shown much since, his rating has dropped to reflect that; his jockey won this race in 2016 on Rule The World (WR)

27 Acapella Bourgeois, Danny Mullins, 10-6 – Won the ‘Bobbyjo’ at Fairyhouse last time – a race that 2005 Grand National winner Hedgehunter, 2018 runner-up Pleasant Company and last year’s third Rathvinden also won – in very impressive fashion. Has some standout lines of form including second in the Irish Grand National. A very interesting runner (AM)

28 Shattered Love, Lisa O’Neill, 10-6 – A very good mare on her day but her form has not been good this season and this looks a step too far (AM)

29 Any Second Now, Mark Walsh, 10-6 – Trained by the shrewd Ted Walsh, this horse looks the perfect candidate for a race like this. Won at Naas over 2m last time out and, prior to that, had run very well at Leopardstown. Has been well up the ante-post markets for this for a long time now and should be involved at the finish (AM)

30 Potters Corner, Jack Tudor, 10-6 – The Welsh National winner gets in with a feather weight and is certainly one to consider from just a four-pound higher rating today (WR)

31 Dounikos, Luke Dempsey, 10-5 – Handicap mark is dropping and stamina is no issue in a race like this. His jumping looks to be more of an issue, though. Could surprise a few if he gets into a rhythm (AM)

32 Kildisart, Nico de Boinville, 10-5 – Arrives here on the back of a fine second at the Cheltenham Festival where first-time headgear rejuvenated him; will he be as effective again from today’s five-pound higher rating? (WR)

33 Death Duty, Gavin Brouder, 10-5 – Not the same horse as when winning the 2017 Grade 1 Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse, although his rating has dropped to reflect that (WR)

34 Ramses De Teillee, Tom Scudamore, 10-5 – Has been placed in a Welsh National so stamina not an issue; he’ll race from the same rating as when he finished second in last year’s stamina-sapping Grand National Trial at Haydock; he’s no forlorn hope (WR)

35 Valtor, James Bowen, 10-4 – An 11-yr-old French recruit from the Nicky Henderson stable. This is one of the few key races that his trainer has yet to win. A small case can be made for him on form he has shown over three miles-plus (AM)

36 Saint Xavier, David Maxwell, 10-4 – Likes to get on with things, as he did when winning impressively at Kempton, but was no match for Definitly Red, who reopposes here, last time out. Too much hustle and bustle for him to get away at the head of the field. Hard to fancy (AM)

37 Warriors Tale, Harry Cobden, 10-4 – Is a course winner, having been victorious in the Grand Sefton back in 2018, but looks out of his depth here with real stamina issues at today’s trip (AM)

38 Double Shuffle, Jonathan Burke,  10-4 – Finished 12th in last year’s race; ran well from a rating of 154 in a valuable handicap in Feb of last year, now rated 147 so you can build a case for a decent run (AM)

39 Kimberlite Candy, Richie McLernon, 10-4 – Looked a likely type for this when winning the ‘Classic’ at Warwick and many will be sweet on his chances today (WR)

40 Walk In The Mill, James Best, 10-4 – The Becher Chase winner over the National fences in 2018 and 2019 (when Kimberlite Candy was second), he also finished fourth in last year’s National; must be given some thought (WR)

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