02/11/2010 1:00AM

Cannonball in new barn


Cannonball, second in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and third in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, has left trainer Wesley Ward - at least temporarily - to join top Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse. The first American-trained horse to run in Australia when he finished ninth in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Jan. 30, Cannonball will be prepared by Waterhouse for the six-furlong, Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 6.

From that point there is a possibility that Cannonball, who is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, could return to Ward for a run in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint going six furlongs on turf at Meydan on Dubai World Cup Night, March 27.

Born in Scotland, the 55-year-old Waterhouse is Australia's leading female trainer, having won 98 Group 1 races, including the Golden Slipper Stakes, the world's richest race for 2-year-olds, three times.