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Racing: Here's hoping I'm not Bear with a sore head at Aintree.

Byline: By JOE PUNTER

If Des O'Connor can become a dad at 72 all things are possible even Yours Truly betting the National winner.

I peaked as a13-year-old with Kilmore (28-1) 1962 for my tanner each-way and as old Pappy P has gone to the great betting shop in the sky I can own up to that now.

It has been steadily downhill since with the honourable exception of Aldaniti (10-1) in '81 and Mr Frisk(16-1) in '90 so no wonder Mrs P has threatened to chuck all my plastic into the fire.

But as the piano player on the Titanic said, hope springs eternal.

I've hit the bar plenty of times and while everyone seemed to be cheering Red Rum I was weeping buckets when he caught Crisp in the shadow of the line.

However, if my auntie had male parts she would be my uncle so again I'm setting aside a portion of the Punter fortune for a tilt at Aintree.

In the last couple of months I've heard more whispers than Charles Kennedy and as usual I'm ignoring them all.

Timbera has been touted by my Irish source Sean O'Snout and has been steadily supported.

But for what it's worth Bear On Board is carrying the burden of my cash. Hey ho, my record's gotta give some time!
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 28, 2004
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