PREGNANT Catherine Hunter is betting on another festive season to remember – she’s had a flutter on having a second Christmas Day baby.
And bookmakers William Hill have taken her bet without properly checking out the form after her first daughter Rebecca arrived on December 25, 2012.
Should her second child arrive on the same day, Catherine and husband James could be in line for a cash boost of more than £1,200.
Performance coach Catherine, 35, of Havelock Park, off Hylton Road in Sunderland, said: “It was the best Christmas present ever when Rebecca arrived, but I’d had an 18-hour labour ahead of her delivery by emergency Caesarean section on Christmas Day.
“I just had a feeling that knowing my luck our second baby would arrive on the same day despite being due 13 days later on January 7, so I asked about the odds with William Hill.
“I was told I could have a bet at 25-1, so I’ve placed £50 on it and that would make for a great extra Christmas present.
“If we were going down the planned Caesarean route then our baby would be born around New Year’s Day, but I’ve a feeling I might have started a family tradition with Rebecca arriving on Christmas Day.
“Rebecca was due on New Year’s Day and arrived on Christmas Day, but this time I am expecting an early arrival and it had to be worth a bet on lightning striking twice.
Speaking about the possible coincidence, Catherine added: “Rebecca is our best Christmas present ever as we’d been trying for a while to have a baby.
“This year my mother-in-law Jean is buying the turkey and cooking the dinner, but it is our luck that we’ll miss the dinner and I’ll be in the delivery room instead.
“I thought if I didn’t place the bet then it was bound to happen, so felt it was worth a flutter.
“I only ever place a bet once a year on the Grand National and now on a Christmas baby.
“I do remember backing the winner of the Grand Nation in 1996 when the jockey Mick Fitzgerald got in trouble with his wife for saying “that was better than sex”.
“I bet on nice names and the colour of the jumpers, but neither my husband James or I know if we’ll need pink or blue for the next baby.
“Everybody says they think it’s going to be a boy, but we’re not betting on that.”
Catherine and car mechanic James, also 35, plan to put away any winnings in a bond for their children.
Catherine added: “I’ve not had a dream about this baby, but I did have a dream that I was pregnant again after this, so not sure if I want to be betting on having a third baby on Christmas Day.
“And if this one arrives then I don’t suppose William Hill will be offering me 25-1 again.”
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “Why would you ask about an earlier Christmas Day birth?
“But surely Santa can’t deliver a double on the big day?”