Banner Yankee to defend Gold Cup & Saucer title

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Banner Yankee is back to defend his Gold Cup and Saucer crown.

And it appears several of last years rivals are prepared to join him in the quest of Sobeys 48th edition of the mid-summer classic.

Banner Yankee is back to defend his Gold Cup and Saucer crown.

And it appears several of last years rivals are prepared to join him in the quest of Sobeys 48th edition of the mid-summer classic.

Carl Jamieson, the Wallace native who has emerged as one of Canadas leading trainers, had the six-year-old Grinfromeartoear ridgling out for his first start of the season last Saturday night at Woodstock, N.B., where they won the $15,000 Robert McCain Memorial with a mile in 1:55.2.

Carl shipped Banner Yankee to Elwood Lawtons state of the art facility at Tea Hill, near Charlottetown, where he will stay for the duration of his Old Home Week visit. Jamieson, who drove Banner Yankee to an upset victory in last years race, after son, Jody, had earned a berth in the finals with a second-place finish, says hes not sure of the driving arrangements for this years trials and final.

We (Jody) have busy schedules in Ontario for the next two weeks. said Carl, who has 55 horses in his Ontario stable.

There is little doubt that the OBrien Horseman of the Year in 2006 would love to win the crown again.

He described it as his 'greatest driving thrill' after winning last year and Jody told a banquet audience at Truro earlier this year that watching his dad win the Gold Cup and Saucer was his biggest thrill in racing.

Banner Yankee will be looking at becoming the first horse to repeat as Gold Cup and Saucer winner since Mark MacDonald turned the trick with Sand Olls Dexter in 2003 and 2004.

Among the horses returning for this years race are track record holder Silent Swing (1:51.1), a recent 1:51.4 winner at Grand River Racewa; Astronomical, a 1:50 winner this year for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and his partners Ron McLellan of Bathurst and Sandy Shearer of Bedford;Tough Luck, a winner of his trial race last year for Robert Shepherd and co-owners David Shea and Dr. John Hennessey; and Dunachton Gale, a winner of five Maritime invitational races this year for veteran Phil Pinkney and owners David and Mitchell Fillmore of Berwick and Jason Mullen of Weymouth.

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