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Virtual Grand National raises £2.6 million for National Health Service - in pics

Potter's Corner won the computer-simulated race following cancellation of the main event at Aintree

Potter's Corner won the 'virtual' version of the Grand National after the annual steeplechase at Aintree was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

The Welsh-trained horse, ridden by Jack Tudor, beat Walk in the Mill and Any Second Now in the computer-simulated race.

Tiger Roll, the winner of the last two actual Grand National races and the favourite, finished fourth.

Proceeds from the virtual race – amounting to £2.6million (Dh 11.6m) – were donated to the NHS Charities Together, an umbrella body representing more than 140 bodies supporting the UK's National Health Service.

The event, which was put together using CGI technology and algorithms, was broadcast on television and also live-streamed.

The company behind the event, programme-makers Carm Productions, said: "What an incredible few days it has been. We first aired the Virtual Grand National in 2017, and we feel honoured that it has been able to stand in for the Grand National at this difficult time."

The event was watched by a peak television audience of 4.8 million on ITV, with an average figure of 4.3m during the 30-minute broadcast.

Updated: April 6, 2020 11:24 AM