It has been announced that the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix will be taking place behind closed doors due to the outbreak of Coronavirus and many believe that this should be the way forward for many big UK events including the FA Cup Final and Grand National.
A complete cancellation or postponement of the 2020 Grand National would be disastrous for bookmakers who rely on what is one of the biggest betting events of the year, therefore the preference would certainly be to hold the famous steeplechase behind closed doors.
This would clearly be a massive blow for Aintree Racecourse but it would certainly be no worse than cancelling the event entirely.
Tiger Roll is bidding to make history this year by becoming the first horse ever to win the race three times in succession and he would still be given the opportunity to write his name in the history books were the race to go ahead.
As things stand, punters are backing the 2020 Grand National to be cancelled although as yet the government haven’t indicated that they are planning to implement any emergency measures which would impact on the famous steeplechase.
Will the Grand National go ahead?
No – 4/7
Yes – 6/5
Officials at Cheltenham have been quick to advise that anyone who is feeling unwell or has recently been at risk of contracting coronavirus should not come to the festival, however while many believed that the festival would be cancelled or postponed, this hasn’t been the case and it will get underway tomorrow afternoon.
Instead the focus has been on increased hygiene and while the Grand National is still three weeks away, this could be the way forward for an event which is eagerly awaited by millions around the world and which brings in huge sums for an industry that can ill afford to lose it right now.