Sports fans have had it hard during these past weeks of lockdown with just about every major event in the calendar seemingly postponed or cancelled. Among the casualties is the 146th Kentucky Derby, which had been due to take place this Saturday, but has now been postponed until September 5.

While horse racing fans won’t be able to descend upon Churchill Downs this weekend – some technical ingenuity means the iconic racetrack is still set to host a replacement event.

The Virtual Kentucky Derby takes the form of a computer-simulated race, with sports fans encouraged to take part in nationwide at-home Derby parties to help raise money for COVID-19 emergency relief funds – read on for our full guide to watching the event online.

The virtual version of the world famous race is being put together by Inspired Entertainment, a firm who last month recreated the UK’s prestigious Aintree…

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